There are few players who can do as much on the field as well as Western Nevada College’s Rayne Raven can, and luckily for SwampDogs fans, they’ll be able to see him do it all this summer.
Raven, a sophomore from Tacoma, Wash., hit .317 for the Wildcats this season, and finished second on the team in doubles (14) and slugging percentage (.525), third in home runs (3) and RBIs (25) despite playing in just over half the games. He also swiped three bags, and was solid at a variety of infield positions, posting a .958 fielding percentage.
The 6-1, 218-pound Raven also pitches – both as a starter and as a reliever. In 17 appearances (nine starts), he had a 3.95 ERA and his seven wins were second on the team. He struck out 40 batters in 54.2 innings of work, and opposing batters hit just .256 off of him.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 14th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major Legue debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).
The 2014 Fayetteville SwampDogs season kicks off on May 27th, as the ‘Dogs will host the Morehead City Marlins at 7:05 pm at J.P. Riddle Stadium. The first 500 fans in attendance receive a 2014 magnet schedule courtesy of Freeman & Barrett, CPAs. To purchase individual game or season tickets contact the SwampDogs at (910) 426-5900 or click here for more information.