FLORENCE, S.C. –Lighting, rain, and left-handers stymied the Fayetteville SwampDogs in a 6-1 loss to the Florence RedWolves in the season opener.
Lightning strikes and consistent rain pushed the start of the game back one hour and fifteen minutes before Florence starter Michael Maiocco dampened the SwampDog bats for six innings.
SwampDogs’ third baseman Patrick Donnelly had very little trouble figuring out the southpaw, going 3-3 with a double on just three pitches against Maiocco.
But the Florence offense scrapped together timely hits to build an early lead. Center fielder and lead off hitter Reece Hampton reached in his first three at bats for the RedWolves and stole two bases while catcher Nathan Wierzgac drove in three.
The SwampDogs lone run came in the sixth inning as Tyler Tharp and Donnelly each singled. After moving into scoring position, a wild pitch from Maiocco brought Tharp home.
The SwampDogs bullpen of Zack Martinelli and Nick Yobbi combined for three scoreless innings of relief after the run but Florence’s combo of Colton Lamb and Kyle Anderson answered the challenge with three zeroes of their own to seal the game in favor of the RedWolves.
The SwampDogs fall to 0-1 on the year as lefty Peter Moore is hung with the loss. Maiocco and the RedWolves both begin the season 1-0.
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.