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NC DYB State AAA (Minors) Tournament: Riegelwood 6, Elizabethtown 2

DUNN – Riegelwood defeated Elizabethtown 6-2 Sunday night in a second round game in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State AAA (Minors) Tournament.

Elizabethtown will play Montgomery County on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong,

Jayce Hatcher led off the game with a single for Elizabethtown and raced home with the game’s first run when C.J. McCracken smacked a two-out single.

Riegelwood turned two errors, a walk and a hit into a pair of third inning runs, then used three hits, two hit batters and an error to open up a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning. Another error and a pair of groundouts padded the margin to 6-1 in the fifth.

Fox Sutton reached base on an error to start the Elizabethtown sixth inning, and Joshua Dawson and McCracken reached base on errors that scored Sutton.

Claxton Tatum smashed a double to lead the Elizabethtown hitters. McCracken, Hatcher, Collin Cole and Braylon Cromartie connected for one hit each. Hatcher and Sutton scored runs, and McCracken drove in a run.

Hatcher pitched the first 3.1 innings for Elizabethtown and allowed five runs – two earned – on four hits, two walks and two hit batsmen while striking out two. McCracken relieved and allowed an unearned run in 1.2 innings while striking out two and walking one.

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