Fierce Comeback Falls Short

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs made a valiant comeback against the Asheboro Copperheads but in the end it wasn’t enough as they fell 9-7 at J.P. Riddle Stadium Thursday night.

Things got off to a quick start for the ‘Dogs, as CJ Needam (Jr./Mount Olive) blasted a two-run homer off Peter Jewell to centerfield to put the SwampDogs ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

The Copperheads struck back in the top of the third, scoring five runs against Josh Covey (Fr./Florence Darlington Tech), knocking him out of the box and taking the lead. The Copperheads would open up a 9-2 lead by plating two runs in each the fourth and fifth innings against Nolan Mullen (Soph./Furman).

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the SwampDogs answered with five runs of their own, aided by two errors from Asheboro shortstop Ryan Mincher and a big two-out, two-run double from Jimmy Faul (Jr./Louisville) to get to 9-7. But in the ninth inning, Michael Wells was able to work through trouble to seal the win.

Covey got the loss, his first of the summer, and Connor Miller, who went five innings in relief for the Copperheads notched his second win of the year. Wells’ save was his sixth.

The SwampDogs hit the road Friday to take on the Lexington County Blowfish at 7:05 pm at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

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.