Dogs Topped in Pitcher’s Duel

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs and the Wilson Tobs engaged in a great pitcher’s duel Tuesday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium, with the Tobs coming out on top 2-0.

Aaron Lesiak (Soph./Presbyterian) got the start for the SwampDogs and was fantastic, allowing only two runs (one earned) on five hits through seven innings of work. He retired the final eight batters to face him after surrendering a solo homer to Tobs outfielder Rahiem Cooper in the fifth inning.

Meanwhile, the SwampDogs’ bats were unable to solve Tob starter Mason Keen all night long, as the team recorded only five hits all night. Keen went the distance for Wilson, striking out seven and not issuing a walk.

Lesiak got the hard-luck loss for the SwampDogs, falling to 1-3 despite the quality start. Keen advances his record to 2-1 with the complete game win.

The SwampDogs (15-23) hit the road Wednesday to take on the Florence RedWolves, before returning home on Thursday, July 16th to host the Asheboro Copperheads at 7:05 pm on the Salute to Military Families presented by USAA. For tickets call 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 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 and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.