Holly Springs, N.C. — Fayetteville SwampDogs catcher Jack Conley (NC State) finished two-for-three on the evening with a solo home run, single, and a run scored. However, the ‘Dogs fell to the Holly Springs Salamanders by a score of 14-3 on the road at the North Main Athletic Complex. SwampDogs fall to 17-32 overall and 8-14 in the CPL East division. Salamanders are now 20-28 and 10-12 in the second half of the summer season.
The SwampDogs struck first in the top of the second inning on the home run from Conley to give the ‘Dogs an early 1-0 advantage. Holly Springs answered quickly in the bottom frame of the second with two runs of their own to take a 2-1 lead.
The Salamanders would tack on two more scores in the home half of the third inning on back-to-back RBI singles from catcher Cody Roberts (UNC-Chapel Hill) and third baseman Nick Yarbrough (Campbell) to extend their advantage to 4-1. Holly Springs adds two more in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it a 6-1 ballgame.
Fayetteville would attempt the comeback trail in the visiting frame of the fifth inning. The scoring began with an RBI single by shortstop Mike Bell (Georgia) to score Tyson Petersheim (Lock Haven) and trim the deficit to 6-2. A sacrifice fly off the bat of right fielder AJ Gallo (Towson) cut the lead in half at 6-3.
Holly Springs then added five runs in the bottom frame of the sixth inning and three scores in the seventh to take a commanding 14-3 advantage. The Salamanders held on for the victory in the top of the ninth.
Salamanders starting pitcher J.T. Rogoszewski (UNC-Chapel Hill) got the win and improved his record to 6-2. SwampDogs starter Logan Corrigan (James Madison) took the loss and fell to 0-2 on the season.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs will be back in action on Thursday night, August 4th, when they return to The Swamp to face the Asheboro Copperheads in an inter-divisional matchup.
Come out for the Bring Memories Home Safe promotion presented by Fayetteville Walk To End Alzheimer’s. Unique purple jerseys will be auctioned off following the game to benefit the Walk To End Alzheimer’s. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Make sure to reserve your seat for the final fireworks extravaganza of the summer on Friday, August 5th!