Florence, S.C. -- The SwampDogs will have to wait a bit longer to officially start the season.
After canceling Tuesday's scheduled home opener due to inclement weather, the SwampDogs made it through just two thirds of an inning in Florence on Thursday night before that game too succumbed to the elements.
"Guys are getting anxious to play," said head coach Matt Hollod after the rainout. "The coaching staff is anxious to see how the roster is going to play out and who is going to win what spots."
While there has not been much game for the coaches to assess yet, the team looked good for first 20 minutes of action Thursday, pushing a run across the plate against RedWolves starter Dylan Spence before the rain hit.
The 'Dogs got to work in the batter's box quickly, as Willis McDaniel and Matt Kelly drew consecutive walks to open the game. After advancing to third on a fielder's choice, McDaniel came around to score on Logan Jarvis' ground out.
With runners on the corners and two outs for Matthias Carter, the umpires saw thunderstorms approaching and suspended the game as a safety precaution. By the time the storms passed, the field was too wet to continue play, and the game was canceled.
After the interference of Mother Nature the last few days, the SwampDogs season opener is now set to coincide with the summer's first fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night. All fans will be treated to a pregame demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team, with the first 500 in attendance receiving free glow sticks courtesy of Cape Fear Orthopedics.