SwampDogs Lose Grip on Fish

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.—Like the slippery fish they are named after, the Morehead City Marlins slipped past the Fayetteville SwampDogs en route to a 16-4 victory Wednesday at Big Rock Stadium.
The SwampDogs held a 4-0 lead after their first two at-bats before the Marlins roared back. With the win the Marlins are now 15-14. The SwampDogs fall to 10-20 on the year.

The SwampDogs scored a pair of runs in the first innings after Marlins starter Hunter Hart hit the first two batters of the game, Dan Leckie and Trey Vickers, before Tyler Tharp singled in a run. Jack Conley drove in the second run of the inning on a fielder’s choice.

Fayetteville added two more in the second as Hunter Morris started the inning with a triple before AJ Gallo drove him in. Gallo later scored on an RBI hit by Vickers.

But Morehead City rallied, answering the two run in the second with two of their own. After a run in the fourth, Morehead City’s offense opened it up in the fifth. Christian Campbell leadoff the inning with a double before reliever Will Ziebol came in and retired the next two batters. But Justin Weigle doubled, Dominick Cammarata singled, and Tanner Kirwer walked. Matthew Batten drove in two with a single up the middle ultimately making it a four run inning to take a 7-4 lead.

The Marlins added five more in the sixth inning, as Batten drove in another run after extra base hits from Brandon Shaffer and Cammarata. Kyle Holbrook added a solo home run in the seventh.

Patrick Peterson came on with two scoreless innings of relief for the Marlins to earn his first CPL win while Zack Martinelli is tagged with the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year.

The teams conclude a home-and-home series in Fayetteville on Thursday night with First Responder’s Night honoring the men and women in uniform. First pitch is at 7:05pm and one lucky fan could win a new car from Fayetteville Kia after the game. The Payoff Pitch will give four fans an opportunity to throw three strikes through a target to win $30,000 towards a new or recently purchased Kia from Fayetteville Kia.

Purchase tickets by calling 910-426-5900 or for more information visit www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.

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.