The Fayetteville SwampDogs made the east coast road trip to Historic Hicks Field, but dropped back-to-back contests in the twin bill against the Edenton Steamers on Saturday night. SwampDogs fall to 18-34 overall and 8-17 in the CPL East division. Steamers are now 28-26 and 16-10 in the second half of the summer season.
Edenton struck first in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI double by left fielder Mitchell Price (USC Aiken) to gain the early 1-0 advantage. The Steamers followed with another RBI two-bagger to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Steamers soon added another insurance run in the home half of the third inning on a solo home run to make it a 3-0 ballgame.
The SwampDogs got the offense cooking in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back singles from shortstop Mike Bell (Georgia) and first baseman Logan Corrigan (James Madison) to put runners on first and second base with nobody out. Edenton turned the 6-4-3 double play, allowing Bell to advance to third base with two outs. Bell then scored on a wild pitch to get the SwampDogs on the board at 3-1.
In the visiting frame of the fifth inning, Fayetteville center fielder Josh Crump (Coastal Carolina) ripped a one-out single through the right side to attempt to start the comeback. Right fielder AJ Gallo (Towson) clubbed a two-run dinger to knot the score up at 3-3.
The Steamers answered quickly in the bottom of the fifth inning as they tacked on three runs to gain a 6-3 advantage. Edenton added more insurance scores in the home frame of the sixth inning to extend their lead out to 9-3 and held on for the victory in the top of the seventh.
Edenton relief pitcher Drew Faintich (UCF) got the win and improved his record to 2-1. SwampDogs starting pitcher Pat McGinn (Anne Arundel CC) took the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season.
The Steamers jumped out to the early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Trey Hair (Evansville) in the bottom of the first inning. Edenton added two more scores in the home half of the third inning to extend their advantage out 3-0.
The SwampDogs got on the board in top of the fourth inning due to a two-run home run off the bat of first baseman Tyler Tharp (VMI) to cut the deficit down to a one run at 3-2. However, Edenton would tack on three more scores on two home runs in the bottom frame of the fourth inning to make it a 6-2 Steamer lead.
Edenton’s offense put across seven runs in the home half of the fifth inning to grab a 13-2 lead due to four more home runs put on the board by the Steamers.
In the top of the sixth inning, the ‘Dogs added a home run of their own as Tharp ripped his second two RBI dinger of the evening to make it a 13-4 ballgame.
The Steamers plated another insurance score in the bottom of the sixth to extend their advantage to 10 runs at 14-4. Fayetteville scored two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-RBI single by Matt Lahn (Lock Haven) as the SwampDogs attempted a late comeback at 14-6. However, Edenton held on for the victory in the top of the seventh to sweep the twin bill.
Edenton relief pitcher Austin Slough (Christopher Newport) got the win and improved his record to 1-1. Fayetteville starting pitcher Will Edwards (Chowan) took the loss and fell to 1-3.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are back in action tomorrow night when they travel south of the border to take on the Florence RedWolves. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. Make sure to come to The Swamp on Monday night, August 8 for the final home contest of the 2016 season against the Savannah Bananas! We will hold our special Back to School Bash promotion, so bring your kids out to the ballpark so they can head back to class in the fall on a high note. First pitch for the home finale is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.