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DUNN – Braylon Cromartie, C.J. McCracken and Tyler Eason combined to pitch a three-hitter and strike out 16 batters as Elizabethtown edged Montgomery County 3-2 on Monday in a third round game in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State AAA (Minors) Tournament.

Elizabethtown will play District 9 foe West Robeson American on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

Cromartie struck out the side in the first inning but gave up two runs on three hits and two walks. McCracken pitched 3.2 innings of hitless, scoreless relief and struck out 10 batters to pick up the win. Eason retired all four batters that he faced, striking out three, to record the save.

Elizabethtown tied the game 2-2 in the second inning. Joshua Dawson and Claxton Tatum belted singles, and Collin Cole’s fielder’s choice plated Dawson. Tatum raced home as Hunter Wood reached base on an error by the third baseman.

Dawson was hit by a pitch to begin the fourth inning and sprinted home with the go-ahead run on Tatum’s grounder to shortstop.

Easton Bostic, Dawson, Tatum and Cole connected for one hit each for the winners. Tatum, Wood and Cole drove in runs. Dawson scored twice, and Tatum scored a run.

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