SwampDogs Shine In All-Star Game

The East beat the West in the All-Star game in the tenth inning thanks in large part to the SwampDogs’ efforts during the game in Hampton, Virginia.

With one out and Chase Rader (Coffeyville Community College) on second base, Petersburg’s Nick Christoper (Virginia State) hit a game winning double into left field to win 3-2. Fans got to enjoy one of the more competitve CPL All-Star games in recent years.

Outfielder Brian Celsi (California – Berkely) won the 2013 Rawlings CPL Hitter of the Game after batting two-for-two with a double and the game typing RBI in the bottom of the ninth. That’s the first time in SwampDogs’ history that their player won the All-Star Hitter of the Game.

Michael Timm, Derek Gibson, John Rooney, and Garrett Baugh also competed for the East representing Fayetteville.

With the All-Star weekend now in the rear view window, the SwampDogs are back in action tonight to take on the Edenton Steamers. It’s Hope Mills Chamber Night at “The Swamp” so call the office at (910) 426-5900 to get your tickets today.

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