SwampDogs Fall to Pilots

Fayetteville SwampDogs designated hitter Logan Corrigan (James Madison) led the ‘Dogs offense finishing two-for-five on the evening with two RBIs and a run scored. However, the Peninsula Pilots put on an impressive offensive display to defeat the SwampDogs by a final score of 16-6 on Tuesday night. The Pilots improve to 30-16 overall and 11-8 in the CPL East. SwampDogs fall to 14-30 and 4-13 in the second half of the summer season.
The SwampDogs offense started cooking in the bottom half of the first inning off a one-out triple from Fayetteville second baseman Kieton Rivers (Coastal Carolina). SwampDogs catcher Hunter Dolshun then followed with an RBI grounder to shortstop to give the ‘Dogs an early 1-0 advantage. Dolshun reached safely on an error by the shortstop.
Peninsula soon exploded for five runs in the top of the second beginning with a two-RBI single by Pilots third baseman Kyle Wrighte (William & Mary) to give the visiting team a 2-1 lead. He finished the evening going three-for-five with three runs scored and four RBIs to lead his team.
The Pilots then tacked on three more runs off a two-run homer and RBI single to allow the Pilots to gain an early 5-1 advantage. Peninsula then added two more insurance scores in the top of the third to extend their lead to 7-1.
Fayetteville would cut the deficit down to a four run ballgame in the bottom frame of the third beginning with an RBI single from first baseman Matt Lahn (Lock Haven) to make it a 7-3 game. Corrigan then smacked a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Dolshun and the SwampDogs trailed 7-4.
Neither squad would score again until the top of the sixth inning when Peninsula put an additional run across to increase their advantage to 8-4. The Dogs then allowed five more runners to come home in the visiting frame of the seventh and Peninsula took a commanding 13-4 lead.
The SwampDogs were not done with some offensive fireworks of their own in the home frame of the seventh as Corrigan added another RBI single to his Tuesday night resume to get the bats going. A two-RBI double from right fielder AJ Gallo scored two more for Fayetteville and trimmed the margin to 13-6.
However, the Pilots offense would continue to excel as they added one run in the top of the eighth and then two more in the ninth. The visitors held on for the win in the home half of the ninth inning.
Pilots reliever Chase Randolph (Lincoln Memorial) got the win and improved his overall record to 1-1. SwampDogs starting right-handed pitcher Cody Smith took the loss and fell to 1-5 on the season.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are back in action tomorrow night as they travel south to Wrightsville Beach to face the Wilmington Sharks in a pivotal CPL East showdown on the road. The Dogs return home Thursday night for a two-for-one bill. The double header will pick up in the fourth inning as it was suspended from the Saturday, July 16th game and play through nine innings. Following the first game, 20 minutes later, the second game will commence for seven innings. It’s the 12th annual Family Fun Night and Bobblehead giveaway powered by BOB 96.5FM. Gates open at 5pm with first pitch of game one at 6:05 p.m.