LEXINGTON, S.C.—Despite staking an eight run lead after the first at-bat, the Fayetteville SwampDogs fell late to the Lexington County Blowish 12-9 on Saturday.
The first eight SwampDogs reached base and scored in the first inning. But the Blowfish answered back with a four-run first and runs in the next four innings, including Bennette Hill’s game-tying home run to lead off the fifth inning.
The game remained deadlocked at nine until the bottom of the eighth when a trio of SwampDog errors allowed three more Blowfish runs.
The SwampDogs hit the ball early with nine hits in the big first inning, but had seven hits the final eight innings. All sixteen hits were singles. Tristen Gagan paced the offense with a 3-5 night.
Jimmy Chase (2-0) pitched four scoreless innings, while striking out six to earn the victory. Peter Moore (0-4) gets the tough luck loss, despite all off the late runs being unearned.
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About the SwampDogs:
The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.