SwampDogs Walk-Off in Dramatic Fashion To Claim Share For First

After nearly losing the game in the top of the ninth, Mitchell Kranson stole the game back for the SwampDogs without even swinging the bat.

Fayetteville beat the undefeated Wilson Tobs 4-3 on a walk-off walk to put them in a tie for first place in the Coastal Plain League East Division.

Micah Wells threw one and two-thirds innings for the Tobs in the eighth and ninth before he was pulled after loading the bases with back-to-back walks and throwing a 3-0 count to Kranson.

Tobs’ head coach Austin Love made the decision to put Bobby Gazzola in the game for his fourth straight night of pitching and it took just two pitches before the game ended with Josh Catalano scoring the game-winning run.

The Dogs third baseman finished the night 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and the walk in the ninth.

The Wilson Tobs were down 3-0 heading into the eighth inning but they scrapped their way back and two costly errors by first baseman Derek Gibson kept their undefeated streak alive. Gibson dropped a major-league pop up in foul territory and then muffed a routine groundout at first that would have ended the game.

The next batter, Ridge Gonsoulian tattooed a fastball for a two-RBI double to right field to tie the game at three with two outs in the ninth.

One story that will be overlooked is that in front of a firework crowd of 3,692 fans, Jimmie Davis threw five and two-thirds flawless innings, allowing just three hits and no runs. Davis worked himself out of a jam in the first and third where there was a runner at third and just one out. Parker McDaniel won his first game of the summer season after pitching in the ninth, despite giving up the two unearned runs.

Michael Timm had a productive night at the plate for the SwampDogs as he went 3-for-4 and became the new CPL batting average leader at a .636 mark.

For the first time on the season, Wilson did not steal a base. They came into the Saturday night contest 16-for-19 on stolen base attempts but they did not have many chances to run.

The SwampDogs will enjoy a night off Sunday before returning to the Swamp on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. for a rematch against the Tobs and they will play each other three more times in the next seven days.