SwampDogs Leave Bananas Peeling

The Fayetteville SwampDogs (6-5) outscored the Savannah Bananas (2-7) in Monday night’s game by a score of 7-4.

The game started out a pitcher’s duel as SwampDogs’ Matt Hargreaves (Air Force) and Bananas’ Spencer Hynes (Grayson) allowed only one hit each in the first three innings. The bottom of the third is when the SwampDogs pushed a run across after Alex Hull (Cal State Northridge) got things going with a one out double. Andrew Hendrickson (East Carolina) followed up with a base hit to center field allowing Hull to advance to third base. Juwan Burney (Delta State) reached on a fielder’s choice, putting runners on first and third. After a wild pitch and a throwing error, Burney advanced to second and Hull scored putting the SwampDogs on the board first, 1-0.

The Bananas were quick to answer with back to back doubles from Logan Mattix (Georgia College) and LJ Tally (Georgia) in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Hargreaves got out of the inning after forcing two pop ups and getting a strike out.

In the bottom of the fourth, the SwampDogs took back the lead when Marquise Lanier (Chowan) started things off with a single to second base. He then stole second before Justin Hawkins (Clemson) hit a shot to left center to put the Dogs back up 3-1.

Three base hits with two outs gave the Bananas another run in the top of the fifth. Max McDougald (Wofford) started the two out rally with an infield single followed by another off the bat of Christian Holie (UT-Arlington). Mattis then hit an RBI single to right center bringing the score to 3-2. Jacob McCort (NC Central) ended the threat as he entered the game and stuck out Tally.

The SwampDogs added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth with their own two out rally. Burney singled up the middle to start off the SwampDogs. JameelEdney (Bethune-Cookman) singled through the left side allowing Burney to advance to third. With runners on first and third, Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) reached on an error advancing Edney and allowing Burney to score.

Justice Sampson (NC Central) took the mound for the SwampDogs in the top of the sixth and shut down the Bananas, throwing three innings of hitless baseball. The SwampDogs then tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Burney lead of the inning with a hit by pitch and Edney got a base hit through the left side allowing Burney to advance to second. Both Burney and Edney moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Newman cleared the bases after he tripled to right center picking up two RBIs. He was later brought in by Lanier who hit a sac fly to the centerfield bringing the score to 7-2.

The Bananas kept things interesting as lead-off hitter Utah James (University of North Carolina) and Mattis were hit by a pitch putting runners on first and second. After a passed ball, both runners advanced into scoring position. Chris Bashlor (Lipscome) then singled to right field plating both James and Mattis. Ryan Holloway (Air Force) sealed the win for the SwampDogs after forcing three groundouts to end the inning. McCort picked up the win and Holloway earned the save in Monday night’s game while Edney finished the night going 3 for 4 at the plate.

The SwampDogs are on the road tonight as they travel to Hicks Field to take on the Edenton Steamers. The Dogs return to The Swamp Wednesday, June 14th for Sportsman’s night.