Fayetteville, N.C. – – – Fayetteville SwampDogs second baseman Tim Hergert (Missouri Baptist) led the hometown offense with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate, but ‘Dogs fall to the Catawba Valley Stars by a final score of 9-1 in exhibition baseball from The Swamp Tuesday evening.
The ‘Dogs return to regular season action tomorrow night when they make the short trip to Holly Springs to face the Salamanders from the North Main Athletic Complex. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start while play-by-play action can be heard on the SwampDogs Mixlr Station. Fayetteville plays its final home contest of the week Thursday evening, hosting the Edenton Steamers at 7:05 p.m.
Fayetteville first baseman Juwan Burney (Delta State) and designated hitter Nic Perkins (Drury) supported Hergert’s offensive performance each finishing 1-for-3 in the contest. Shortstop Justin Hawkins (Clemson) and center fielder Marquise Lanier (Chowan) each posted a 1-for-4 mark.
For Catawba Valley, third baseman Austin LaDoux (Grand Valley State) topped the Stars offensive charts with a 2-for-4 performance, driving in a pair of runs with two runs scored. Second baseman Emil Ellis (Delta State) was for 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
The Stars tallied three runs in the opening frame of the contest to take the early 3-0 advantage and never looked back. Fayetteville scratched its first run across the board with an RBI groundout from Perkins in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the deficit to 4-1.
Catawba Valley answered with five runs on four hits in the top of the seventh innings to grab a commanding 9-1 lead, holding on for the victory in Fayetteville. Stars LHP Trevor McKenna (Savannah State) got the win on the mound, while SwampDogs lefty Evan Flohr (Michigan State) took the loss.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs will play four of their next five games on the road, beginning with a quick trip to face the Holly Springs Salamanders tomorrow evening in a CPL East Division showdown. First pitch at 7:05 p.m.
The ‘Dogs close out the home schedule for the second week of the season against Edenton Thursday night from The Swamp. It will be Green/Town of Spring Lake Night at the ballpark so bring the whole family out for exciting SwampDogs baseball! For tickets, call our offices at 910-426-5900. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m.
About the SwampDogs: The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 17th season playing in the Coastal Plain League in 2017. 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 the team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GoSwampDogs. Be sure to also 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 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 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.