Fayetteville, N.C — Fayetteville SwampDogs designated hitter Hunter Dolshun (UMBC) hit a two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of eighth inning to give the ‘Dogs their first lead of the night. Fayetteville would hold on for the 6-4 victory in the top of ninth over the Petersburg Generals in a wild, back-and-forth affair. SwampDogs improve to 14-27 overall and 4-10 in the CPL East standings. The Generals fall to 14-26 and 6-7 in the second half.
Petersburg struck first in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. The ‘Dogs answered quickly in the bottom frame with a run of their own to tie the contest up at 1-1 on an RBI groundout by Fayetteville first baseman Tyler Tharp (VMI).
The Generals gained a 4-1 advantage as they put across one run in the top half of the second inning and then two more in the third. However, the epic SwampDog comeback would begin in the home half of the fourth. An RBI double by Fayetteville third baseman David Summerfield (Millersville) cut the deficit in half at 4-2.
Fayetteville completed the rally in the bottom of the fifth. An RBI single by SwampDogs left fielder Tyson Petersheim (Lock Haven) made it a one-run ballgame at 4-3. Tharp soon enough would stun the entire crowd at The Swamp as he stole home to knot the game up at 4-4.
No runs would come across for either squad until the bottom of the eighth inning. It would start with a one-out walk from Fayetteville second baseman Kieton Rivers (Coastal Carolina) to put a runner on first. A Josh Crump fly out sets up a big two-out offensive situation for SwampDogs shortstop Trey Vickers (Wichita State). Vickers singled to left field to advance Rivers to third and Vickers would advance into second on the throw from the outfield to try and cut down Rivers.
Dolshun then hit a moonshot triple off the left-center field wall to plate the game-winning runs from second and third base for the SwampDogs. Later on in the top of the ninth, the Generals had the bases loaded with nobody out. However, Fayetteville left-handed pitcher Cody Smith (Chowan) came through in the clutch. Smith struck out the first two batters and then forced a fly ball out to center field to shut the door and seal the win for the ‘Dogs.
SwampDog righty Will Ziebol (Point University) got the win and improved his record to 1-2. Petersburg right-handed pitcher Cody Boydstun (Longwood) took the loss and fell to 0-1 on the season. Smith earned the tremendous save for Fayetteville, which was his first of the season.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are back in action tomorrow night for a road matchup with the Wilson Tobs at Fleming Stadium in Wilson, N.C. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.