MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs dropped a slugfest to the Morehead City Marlins 16-8 at Big Rock Stadium Monday night.
The home run balls were flying early for the Marlins, with Dominick Cammarata hitting two long balls off Trey Hayes (Sr./Presbyterian) as the Marlins opened up an early 6-0 lead through three innings.
The Marlins tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth, then sent 13 men to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to score eight runs and open up a 16-0 lead after seven.
Meanwhile, Marlins starting pitcher Colton Hathcock tossed a Quality Start, holding the SwampDogs off the scoreboard through his six innings of work, allowing six hits and walking three.
In the top of the eighth, the SwampDogs began on the comeback trail, scoring three runs against reliever Max Herrmann before he could record an out. The Dogs would eventually score six in the frame on seven hits to bring the score to a more manageable 16-6.
The comeback picked back up again in the ninth, with Tanner Woods (Soph./Chowan) delivered a two-run single, but that would be the only run the SwampDogs could muster.
Hayes (0-1) was tagged with the loss, while Hathcock (2-1) got the win for the Marlins.
The SwampDogs (12-15) continue their road swing with a game against the Holly Springs Salamanders Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. The SwampDogs return home on Wednesday, July 1st to host the Wilmington Sharks on Social Media Night. Follow the SwampDogs on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for great deals throughout the park! Get your tickets now by calling 910-426-5900.
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 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
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 79 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.