The Fayetteville SwampDogs traveled south of the border to Sparrow Stadium on Sunday evening and fell to the Florence RedWolves by a final score of 8-4. The ‘Dogs have now concluded their 2016 road schedule. Fayetteville is now 18-35 overall and 8-18 in the CPL East division. Florence improves to 26-28 and 17-10 in the second half of the summer season.
The RedWolves struck first in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back RBI groundouts to give Florence an early 2-0 advantage. In the bottom frame of the fourth inning, the home team added another run on a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 RedWolves lead.
However, the SwampDogs offense would come alive in the top half of the sixth inning starting with a lead-off walk from right fielder AJ Gallo (Towson). Then, designated hitter Hunter Dolshun (UMBC) belted a two-run home run to cut the Fayetteville deficit to just one run at 3-2.
Florence answered quickly in the home frame of the sixth inning as they tacked on five runs to extend their lead to 8-2. The top of the seventh inning was started with a one-out double from second baseman David Summerfield (Millersville) and then advanced to third base on an error. The ‘Dogs had a runner on third base with one away. RedWolves relief pitcher Aaron Lesiak (Presbyterian) soon allowed Summerfield to cross home plate on a balk to make it an 8-3 ballgame.
The SwampDogs attempted the comeback trail in the top of the ninth inning trailing by five scores. Fayetteville left fielder Hunter Morris (Eastern Illinois) ripped an RBI single up the middle to trim the deficit in half at 8-4. However, the RedWolves would hold on for the victory.
Florence starting pitcher Grant Byers (Wofford) got the win and improved his record to 1-0. SwampDogs starter Logan Corrigan (James Madison) took the loss and fell to 0-3.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are back in action tomorrow night as they return home to The Swamp for the final game of the 2016 summer season. The ‘Dogs will face the Savannah Bananas in an inter-divisional showdown. We will hold our special Back to School Bash promotion, so bring your kids out to the ballpark so they can head back to class in the fall on a high note. First pitch of the home finale is slated for 7:05 p.m.