NCDYB Majors State Tournament
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
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.
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!"