By Natalie Hardin
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have added two keen outfielders with astonishing qualities to solidify the outfield in the 2016 season, in a quest to acquire the Petitt Cup. Freshman outfielders, Carter Grote and Frankie Jezioro, both made solid impacts this spring, and are looking to effect the SwampDogs roster largely this summer.
Carter Grote is already setting a steady and strong presence his first year at Furman. The 5-10 outfielder is leading the team in hits (57) and runs (42). With his consistency at the plate Grote’s batting average is sitting heavy with a .328 for the season. This Pittsburg, Pa. native is expected to be a main stay this season in the SwampDogs line up this summer.
From Slippery Rock, Frankie Jezioro also had an exceptional freshman experience. Originating from MacMurray, PA. Jezioro racked up a batting average in the three hundreds with a .310 for the season. Jezioro had 48 hits and 31 runs for the Rocks creating an undeniable presence at the plate. Coupled with his grand batting average, Jezioro showcased his speed on the base paths with nine stolen bags this past season while driving in 22 RBIs. His speed on the bases and in the outfield is sure to shine through for the Dogs this season.
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.