Fayetteville, N.C. – The SwampDogs continued their winning ways topping the Edenton Steamers 6-3 in a game that got off to a hot offensive start for Fayetteville.
On a night celebrating the MLB Draft selections of several former and one current SwampDog, Fayetteville continued their recent success against Edenton. Justin Hawkins (Clemson) homered to right center field, his third of the year, following a RBI single from Alex Brait (FGCU). Brait was named the starting catcher shortly before the game after news broke that Nic Perkins (Drury) was selected in Wednesday’s MLB draft proceedings by the Washington Nationals. Perkins was honored before the game and his scheduled battery mate didn’t seem to mind the late line-up change.
On the mound, Griffin McLarty (College of Charleston) earned his second win of the season matching his team’s offensive support, tossing five strong innings, allowing just four hits and no runs.
The runs kept coming for the Dogs as they piled on two more in the third thanks to another Brait RBI single, followed by more run production from Hawkins, who decided to keep the ball in the yard for his second at-bat, resulting in a RBI double.
Solid efforts out of the bullpen from Evan Flohr (Michigan State), Justice Sampson (NC Central), and Ricky Heagarty (Austin Peay) preserved the SwampDogs lead and ultimately secured the team’s third straight win.
Throughout the game, several former SwampDogs were honored for the selections in this year’s MLB draft. Nick Maton (Lincoln Lands CC), Bligh Madris (Colorado-Mesa), Austin Upshaw (Kennesaw State), Kodi Whitley (Mt. Olive), and Tyler Coolbaugh all had their names called in this week’s draft.
The SwampDogs have a well-earned off day before returning to The Swamp for a Military Appreciation night match-up with Wilson. First pitch is at 7:05.