The Fayetteville SwampDogs annouced the signing of three players from the number two-ranked Louisiana State University–Eunice. Off to a hot start already in 2014, the Bengals have outscored their opponents 73-5 in their first six games, all wins.
Outfielder David LaFleur, as well as righthanded pitchers Ryan Domingue and Nick Hartman will all suit up for the Dogs this summer.
LaFleur, a redshirt freshman, was a three-sport athlete at St. Edmund’s Catholic High School in Eunice, La. He was the 2011 state runner-up in both the 100- and 200-meter dash, and a three-time All-District performer in football. LaFleur was also named district MVP, All-Acadiana and honorable mention All-State in football his senior season. He was first player in St. Edmund’s football history to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a single season. On the diamond, LaFleur was a three-time All-District selection, a two-time All-Parish selection, and was the District MVP and received All-State honors as a senior in high school.
Playing a key role in the hot start by the Bengals in 2014, LaFleur is batting .333 with one home run, seven RBIs, five runs scored and two stolen bases.
Domingue, a sophomore, made 20 relief appearances for the 2013 Bengals, posting a 4-0 record and a 1.17 ERA, while collecting five saves. He held opposing batters to a .203 batting average. In his only appearance so far in 2014, Domingue retired six straight batters while striking out two in two innings against St. Charles CC.
Hartman, a freshman, is coming off being named a Texas Region Honorable Mention in his senior year at Strake Jesuit College Prep. Hartman is off to a great start in 2014, keeping opposing hitters off balance in his first two starts. While earning wins in both starts, he has allowed only one earned run while striking out 11 batters in 10 innings.
“These three guys are great additions to the SwampDog family,” said SwampDogs head coach David Tufo. “Ryan will add depth to the back end of the bullpen while Nick should be a presence in our starting rotation. David brings a lot of tools to our outfield and lineup. The three of them are rising stars in the baseball world and we are glad to have them on board.”
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 14th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).