Sometimes there's a disconnect between effort and the final results, and that's just what happened to the SwampDogs on Saturday night.
Despite a leadoff homerun and several hard-hit balls, the SwampDogs could not generate enough offense to come back against Morehead City, falling to the Marlins by a score of 6-2.
Willis McDaniel got Fayetteville on the board right away in the bottom of the first, driving a 1-1 offering from Morehead City starter Jacob Thiessen over the left field wall in the SwampDogs' first at-bat of the game.
The SwampDogs held onto that 1-0 lead until the third inning, when the Marlins broke through for two runs against German Reyes, who allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings of work. Morehead City added a pair of runs in the fourth and two more in the eighth to push the lead to five.
Just like Friday night, the SwampDogs had chances late in the game Saturday. Strikeouts with two on and two out ended rallies in both the seventh and eighth innings without anything to show for them.
The game stayed engaging right up until the last out, as the SwampDogs attempted to mount a last-minute comeback with one down in the ninth. After a Logan Jarvis single, Joey Wiemer RBI triple and Trevor Hafner walk, Fayetteville had cut the lead to four and had the potential tying run on deck. The bats failed the SwampDogs in a big moment once again, though, as back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.
The SwampDogs look to rebound with a home-and-home against the Wilmington Sharks in Wilmington on Sunday and back at The Swamp for "It ain't easy to be cheesy" night on Monday.