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DUNN – Elizabethtown pulled away with six runs in the final two innings to defeat West Robeson American 9-2 on Tuesday night in a fourth round game in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State AAA (Minors) Tournament.

Elizabethtown advances to play East Duplin on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

Easton Bostic reached base on an error in the Elizabethtown first inning. C.J. McCracken smacked a single, and Joshua Dawson drove in Bostic with a single for a 1-0 lead.

Collin Cole walked to begin the Elizabethtown second inning, but was retired on Jaxon Hair’s fielder’s choice. Fox Sutton belted a single, and Hunter Wood’s fielder’s choice scored Hair. Braylon Cromartie was hit by a pitch, and Brady Marlowe delivered a single that scored Sutton and pushed the lead to 3-0.

West Robeson turned a hit, a walk and an error into a pair of runs that sliced the margin to 3-2 in the third inning.

Jayce Hatcher and Bostic ignited Elizabethtown’s fifth inning rally with back-to-back singles. McCracken laced a single that scored Hatcher, and Bostic also scored for to pad the lead to 5-2.

Cole drew a walk to start the winners’ four-run sixth inning. Hair slammed a double that scored Cole, and Sutton knocked in Hair with a single. Bostic walked, and McCracken and Dawson swatted singles that scored Sutton. Tyler Eason’s sacrifice fly scored Bostic with the final run.

Hatcher pitched the first three innings to pick up the win, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Cromartie pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two. Bostic pitched a scoreless sixth inning and allowed only one hit.

McCracken batted 3-for-4 with a run batted in to lead the winners’ 13-hit attack. Hair slugged two doubles, scored twice and had an RBI. Sutton finished 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Dawson batted 2-for-4 with 2 RBI’s.

Hatcher, Bostic, Eason and Marlowe cracked one hit each. Bostic scored three runs and Hatcher and Cole scored one run each. Eason, Marlowe and Wood drove in one run each.

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