FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—The SwamDogs rally was 90 feet away in the eighth inning from tying the game, but couldn’t come all the way back from a six run deficit in a 6-5 loss to the Wilmington Sharks.
The Sharks pushed across three runs in the third inning on the strength of two doubles. In the bottom half of the inning, league rules on the vicinity of lightning in the area halted play before rain delayed the game by an hour and a half.
The SwampDogs went to the bullpen after the delay, and the Sharks were able to string together a run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh to stretch the lead to sixth.
The weather didn’t knock Sharks’ starter Mike Castellani out of the game as he held the SwampDogs to just one hit through the first six innings.
However, Pat Donnelly (Lehigh) and Hunter Dolshun (UMBC) roped singles off of the lefty before Jacob Greco (Upper Iowa) belted a three run homer to cut the deficit in half.
The SwampDogs tallied a pair of runs against reliever Ethan Wortkoetter (Presbyterian) in the eighth with three straight hits prior to a Donnelly double before leaving the tying run on third.
Steven Powels (Saint Joseph’s) escaped the eighth inning jam for the Sharks before retiring the SwampDogs in order in the ninth for the three out save, his third of the year.
The SwampDogs return home Thursday night to host the Edenton Steamers for Military Appreciation Night presented by Lee Hyundai at 7:05pm.
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting 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 90 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.