Fayetteville, N.C. — The Lexington County Blowfish defeated the Fayetteville SwampDogs by a final score of 8-4 in Coastal Plain League action at JP Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville, N.C. Blowfish third baseman Grant Miller (Western Michigan) finished three-for-four on the evening with two runs scored and three RBIs. Lexington County improves to 19-18 overall and 2-7 in the second half. Fayetteville falls to 12-23 and 2-6 in the second half of the CPL season.
The Blowfish struck first with a two-run home run from Miller in the top of the second inning and never looked back. Lexington tacked on four more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a commanding 6-0 advantage.
An RBI groundout by SwampDogs catcher Hunter Dolshun (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) scored the runner from third to scratch across the first run for Fayetteville in the bottom frame of the sixth inning and make it a 6-1 ballgame.
Fayetteville added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit down to two runs at 6-4. However, the Blowfish would bring across two huge insurance runs in the top of the ninth and hold on for the victory.
SwampDogs left fielder Hunter Morris (Eastern Illinois) led the offense finishing three-for-four on the night with second baseman Kieton Rivers (Coastal Carolina) also having a big game at the plate going two-for-four with a run scored.
Lexington County starting pitcher Canaan Cropper threw for four innings allowing two hits and no runs. He got the win and improved to 1-0 on the season. Fayetteville starter Mike Austin (UMBC) took the loss and fell to 2-4. Austin pitched for five innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Blowfish reliever Zachary Kolodziejski (Niagara) earned his first save of the summer.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs remain at home for the rest of their three-game homestand. Tomorrow night is Country Night presented by Agri-Supply of Lumberton. Don’t miss Striking Out Cancer Night presented by Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation followed by the All-Star fireworks extravaganza.