The SwampDogs lost to the Edenton Steamers in a game for first place and an early deficit proved too much to come back for Fayetteville, as they now dropped four of its last five.
Coming into this game, the Steamers were a perfect 5-0 when their opponents started a left-handed pitcher. The Edenton Steamers’ bats got thing started in the first inning when Trent Miller (Middle Tennessee State) drove a two-out single up the chute and Josh Hampton (Wilmington (Delaware)) hit his second home run of the year to give the first place team an early 2-0 cushion after the first.
The Steamers struck for one more run in the third, but the SwampDogs made a beautiful play to end the second inning when they caught a runner stealing and picked off the Steamer at third in the same play.
The SwampDogs did not wait very long to start chipping away at the lead. Michael Timm (Wright State) led the inning off with a single through the right side and Derek Gibson (Southeast Missouri) reached base on an error. Daniel Nevares took a fastball on the inner half of the plate and pulled it down the third base line for an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-1.
A few batters later, Bill Bereszniewicz (Binghamton) would leg out an infield single to drive in Gibson and make it a 3-2 ballgame after three and a half innings.
Hampton smoked a triple in his second plate appearance and he would come around to score on an RBI single from Adam Kirsch (Texas Tech) to make it a 4-2 game. Back-to-back singles to lead off an inning are never good for the starting pitcher as seven total runs would score in the fourth inning, capped off by a Nick Thompson two-run home run.
Despite being down 10-2, Randy Hair recorded seven straight outs in relief of Burns. That momentum carried to Fayetteville’s bats as Ryan Nagle (Illinois) doubled, Adam Walton (Illinois) walked and Bereszniewicz and John Rooney (Siena) drove in the two runs to cut the lead to 10-4.
The very next inning, the Dogs would make it interesting as they loaded the bases with no outs and Brian Celsi (California Berkeley) had an RBI single to make it a five run game.
The SwampDogs will be able to regroup with a four game home stint starting tomorrow on Father’s Day against the Petersburg Generals at 5:05 p.m.
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