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NCDYB Majors State Tournament
Whiteville 9, Elizabethtown Majors 4
Whiteville overcame an early 4-0 deficit with eight late inning runs to eliminate Elizabethtown from the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament on Tuesday evening at Tyler Park in Dunn. Elizabethtown had the lead 4-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning but Whiteville took advantage of six hits and an error to score six runs in the inning.
Elizabethtown's Cody Butler pitched the first three innings giving up one run on five hits and four base on balls while striking out three Whiteville batters. Freddie Wooten pitched the majority of the fourth and fifth inning. Gabe Barber relieved Wooten in the fifth inning.
Elizabethtown took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. After a hard line drive out to centerfield by Jay McKoy, Zach Meares drew a one out walk. An error by the third baseman on a hard grounder by Wooten advanced Meares to second. Barber was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Butler later walked to score Meares, and Wooten hustled home on a passed ball.
Elizabethtown scored two more in the second inning to take the 4-0 lead. Irvin Ortiz hit a chopper over the third baseman's head for a lead off single. Jake Evans walked to send Ortiz to second. Drew Sholar hit into a fielder's choice allowing Ortiz to reach third.
Sholar stole second base. With runners on second and third, Jacob Priest grounded out to short to score Ortiz. On the play, Sholar's aggressive base running caused the first baseman to overthrow the third baseman thus allowing him to score.
"Our team has worked hard and I am proud of them; the game just got away from us in that one inning, but that is baseball. We really have a young team; they will remember this game and learn from it", said Coach Barry Priest. "These guys had so many people from Elizabethtown, surrounding communities, and afar attending the games and cheering them on. The parents of these kids are outstanding. Thank you all for your support!"

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