The Fayetteville SwampDogs (4-2) topped the Holly Springs Salamanders (3-4) 2-1 at the North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs Wednesday night.
The Salamanders got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth when they scored on a ground ball to second with one out. The bats remained quiet for both teams after that until the top of the eighth inning.
Justin Hawkins (Clemson) launched a solo homerun to left field to tie the game 1-1 for the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Marquise Lanier (Chowan) then reached on an error. He stole second, then advanced to third on a Tim Hergert (Missouri Baptist) infield single. He then scored on an error giving the SwampDogs a 2-1 lead.
The Salamanders threatened in the bottom of the eighth after a two out double from Mark Colella (Seton Hall) and a single from Logan Porter (Dixie State) but the combined effort from SwampDogs pitchers Justice Sampson (North Carolina Central) and Ricky Heagarty (Austin Peay), along with a throw out at home plate from left fielder Mike Spooner (Stetson) helped seal the win.
Griffin McLarty (College of Charleston) moves to 2-0 on the season for the SwampDogs after he worked through 4-1/3 innings, gave up only four hits, one run, three walks, and struck out five.
The SwampDogs return to The Swamp tonight when they take on the Edenton Steamers at 7:05 p.m. for Go Green and Spring Lake Night.