FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have always prided themselves on being a family-first organization, and that philosophy goes right down to the players. The SwampDogs’ newest hurler is right-hander Blake Brunnemann, whose brother Tyler pitched for the ‘Dogs in 2012.
Blake, a sophomore at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, will provide yet another power arm for manager Zach Brown to turn to at the back of the bullpen. Brunnemann has recorded nearly a strikeout per inning this year and owns a 3.86 ERA.
Brunnemann hails from New Braunfels, Texas, where he starred for Canyon High School. The 6-2 reliever has worked mostly in a setup role for the Blazers, but has recorded a save on the season.
The North Lake College Blazers are 23-16 overall and 20-10 in conference play this season.
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 78 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.