FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Dan Leckie homered in the bottom of the first and Tyler Tharp blasted a three-run shot in the eighth as the Fayetteville SwampDogs beat the Gastonia Grizzlies 10-3 on Monday at The Swamp.
Both home runs were parts of four run innings as the SwampDogs jumped out early and pulled away late in front of the home crowd. Fayetteville added one run innings in the second and fourth to knock out Grizzly Starter Chris Hunt.
Kaesen Wilson (North Carolina A&T) came in for the SwampDogs in the third inning and escaped a bases loaded jam to preserve a two run lead at the time. Wilson wiggled out of multiple jams in four and third innings of relief to earn his second win of the year. Peter Moore (Lehigh) threw two scoreless innings, including striking out the side in the ninth, to earn his first save.
The SwampDogs improve to 9-14 with the win and will host the Catawba Valley Stars Tuesday night for Faith and Family Night at The Swamp.
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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.