New Pitchers Impress in Loss to Pilots

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.   The Fayetteville SwampDogs (30-19) dropped their second straight contest against the Peninsula Pilots (28-20) by a final score of 6-4.

The SwampDogs spotted the Pilots a 2-0 lead after the top half of the 1st inning. The SwampDogs would respond with a run of their own in the opening frame when Jameel Edney (Bethune-Cookman) singled home Jay Robinson (New Orleans) on a base hit into left field.

Peninsula’s defense was stout throughout the game turning four double-plays in the contest as Fayetteville struggled to break through against Peninsula’s starter Braun Miller (Malone) until the SwampDogs broke through again in the 5th inning.

The SwampDogs trailed 5-1 through four innings of at-bats before Fayetteville mounted their final comeback bid in the 5th inning. Mike Farnell (Murray State) drove a sac fly to center field to score Justin Hawkins (Clemson) and cut the deficit to 3. The SwampDogs would tack on two more in the inning on base hits from Robinson and Edney, but the comeback bid would come up short as Peninsula would hang on to win 6-4.

The two new SwampDog pitchers Josh Avila (Mt. San Antonio College) and Josh Hejka (Johns Hopkins) both impressed the Faynatics out of the bullpen combining for 2.2 IP and not allowing an earned run on one hit between the two Joshes.

Evan Flohr (Michigan State) was tagged with the loss dropping to (0-2) while Collin Liberatore (Pittsburgh) picked up the win as the All-Star improved to (3-0).

The SwampDogs return to the Swamp on Monday, July 31 for World Record Night against the Holly Springs Salamanders. The gates will open at 6 with first pitch at 7:05. For all your SwampDogs news and updates please visit and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs. The SwampDogs season is presented by Fayetteville Kia.

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