It has become a frequent sight at J.P. Riddle Stadium to see the Fayetteville SwampDogs pitchers tossing a football around the outfield grass before the games. The SwampDogs newest addition from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. should enjoy that tradition.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Aaron Lesiak will be joining the SwampDogs for their 2015 season. Lesiak is also a wide receiver for the Blue Hose football team which plays in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
Lesiak; who hails from Greenville, S.C.; leads the Blue Hose pitching staff in wins (4) and ERA (4.43). He has fanned 34 batters and issued walks to just 11 in 42.2 innings pitched this season. The 11 walks are the fewest among pitchers with enough innings to qualify for conference leaders.
In high school at St. Joseph’s Catholic, Lesiak led the baseball team to region, district and state championships with a 25-1 record in 2012, going 11-0 on the mound. He was twice named All-State, named three times All-Region – including a regional Player of the Year Award, and was Class A State Player of the Year in 2012. He played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back on the gridiron.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th 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 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. The SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 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. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 75 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.