Buddy Baseball takes center stage at ‘The Swamp’

The start of the Fayetteville SwampDogs’ 2015 season is less than two weeks away, but that didn’t stop baseball from returning to “The Swamp” this weekend. The Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation’s Buddy Baseball program held games at the home of the ‘Dogs on Saturday, May 16th.

Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with disabilities. Each player is paired with a “buddy” to assist the player as needed. The league allows for friendships to form and barriers to be dissolved.

Buddy Baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with disabilities. Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie.

“It’s a great honor to be a part of Buddy Baseball,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “It is one of the great programs in our community, and we are thrilled to be able to play a small role in it every year.”

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. The SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 76 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.