FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—The SwampDogs had the tying runner on base with no outs in the ninth, but he was left on third base as Fayetteville fell to the Morehead City Marlins 8-7 late Thursday at The Swamp.
The Marlins jumped out to an early four run lead in the top of the first before the SwampDogs answered with two runs in the bottom half of an inning that took three hours to play due to lightning delays.
The SwampDogs stuck around throughout the ball game, matching the last four Marlins runs almost immediately. However, the SwampDogs didn’t recover from the early deficit until the eighth on a pair of unearned runs.
Down by one in the bottom of the ninth, Kieton Rivers (Coastal Carolina) singled to start the inning. He moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a ground out back to the mound. Tyler Tharp (VMI), who had two RBIs, struck out swinging to end the game.
The SwampDogs are on the road for the final two games before the All-Star break. The 2016 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game is in Fayetteville on Sunday and Monday with the gates opening at 5pm on Sunday for the Fan-Fest. Monday night the gates open at 6:00pm, first pitch of the All-Star Game is at 7:05pm.
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.