SwampDogs Nipped by Sharks

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs dropped a tough contest to the Wilmington Sharks 4-2 Saturday night at Buck Hardee Field.

The game was a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings, with Trey Hayes (Sr./Presbyterian) of the SwampDogs and John Parke of the Sharks matching zeroes.

The Sharks got on the board in the fourth with a run, but the SwampDogs answered back with two runs in the top of the fifth, after Jimmy Faul (Jr./Louisville) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, then two batters later, Mike Deese (Jr./The Citadel) singled to bring home a second run.

With the SwampDogs leading 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Sharks plated two unearned runs off of Kent Williams (Soph./Indiana), and would tally an insurance run in the seventh to stretch the lead to 4-2.

The SwampDogs (13-19) enjoy a day off Sunday, before returning home on Monday, July 6th on College Rivalry Night as the SwampDogs host the Lexington County Blowfish at 7:05 pm.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th 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 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six 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!

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 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.