Morehead City, N.C. — The Fayetteville SwampDogs trailed 9-4 entering the top of the eighth inning, but tacked on three runs to trim the deficit to two runs at 9-7. However, the ‘Dogs attempt at an epic comeback fell just short and the Morehead City Marlins held on for the 9-7 victory. The Marlins improve to 19-19 overall and 5-6 in the current CPL East standings. The SwampDogs fall to 12-27 and 3-10 in the second half of the summer season.
Morehead City struck first in the home half of the first inning to gain an early 2-0 advantage and never looked back from that point forward. The Marlins soon tacked on two more in the bottom of the third and added more insurance in fourth to take a 6-0 lead.
The SwampDogs got on the board in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by center fielder Josh Crump (Coastal Carolina) to make it a 6-1 ballgame. The ‘Dogs soon tacked on two additional runs to cut the deficit in half at 6-3.
A three-run home run by the Marlins in the bottom frame of the fifth extended their lead out to 9-3. Fayetteville would begin their attempted comeback in the top of the seventh as AJ Gallo (Towson) scored on a passed ball to make it a five-run ballgame at 9-4.
An RBI single by SwampDogs catcher Jack Conley (NC State) made it a 9-5 score to begin the visiting half of the eighth and the ‘Dogs loaded the bases with nobody out. Fayetteville took advantage of the ducks on the pond and closed the gap adding two runs to make it just a 9-7 lead for Morehead City. The Marlins would shut the door in the top of the ninth and hold on for the victory.
Marlins right-handed pitcher Kyle Ramsey (UNC Pembroke) got the win and improved his record to 2-1. SwampDogs righty Frank Fraschetti (Harford Community College) took the loss and fell to 0-2 on the season.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are back in action tomorrow night at The Swamp for a matchup against the Petersburg Generals. The SwampDogs will be holding their Christmas in July celebration, so come out and see Santa and Mrs. Claus. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.