FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have added some killer instinct to the team with the signing of two Eastern Illinois Panthers.
Sophomore catcher Hunter Morris and freshman infielder Nick Maton will suit up for the SwampDogs this summer and help in the quest for the Petitt Cup.
Morris, a Paris, Ill. native, has seen increased action in 2016 for the Panthers by displaying good power, with a pair of home runs and four extra base hits. Morris will provide depth behind the plate, where he nabs over 30% of attempted base stealers. As a senior at Paris High School, Morris was bestowed with first-team All-State honors.
Maton, a Chatham, Ill. native, was a decorated player at Glenwood High School and has earned significant playing time as a freshman. Maton has started in 35 games this season, posting a .257 average with 11 extra base hits. At 6-2, 165, coaches expect him to fill out and display even more of his raw talent. Maton was a two-time All-Central State Eight conference selection, was the Central State Eight Player of the Year his senior year, and garnered first-team All-State honors his senior year as well.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers are coached by former Major League Baseball player Jason Anderson, who enters his first season as the head coach of the program. One of his assistant coaches, Blake Beemer, played with the SwampDogs in 2012 while a student at Ball State University and had the distinction of playing for the team while simultaneously being an intern for the front office. Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, Ill. and competes in the Ohio Valley Conference in N.C.A.A. Division I.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs home opener for the 2016 season is Wednesday, June 1st. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.
About the SwampDogs:
The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th 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 11 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 www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 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.