Not even man's best friend can solve every problem.
While the SwampDogs' canine companions came out to support the team on the summer's first Bark in the Park night, a first-inning home run was just about all the offense Fayetteville could muster on Monday against a sharp Morehead City pitching staff, and the SwampDogs fell to the Marlins, 10-2.
Things started off on a bright note for the SwampDogs, as starter Jared Crews (Middle Georgia State) faced the minimum in the top of the first inning, which featured a strike-'em-out, throw 'em-out double play.
Just minutes later, Fayetteville scored in the first inning for the fifth consecutive game, as Joey Wiemer (Cincinnati) took a 1-2 curveball from Octavio Mirabal (King) and lined it over the wall in left field.
The lead would not hold up very long, though, as the Marlins offense scored two in the second and never looked back. From the top of the third to the end of the seventh, Morehead City added eight runs to reach double digits while the SwampDogs managed just one hit.
For the second straight night, Fayetteville made a valiant attempt at some late game heroics. A ninth-inning rally helped the SwampDogs squeeze another run across, but the deficit proved too much to overcome.
The SwampDogs hit the road for a pair of games this weekend against the Wilmington Sharks and the Holly Springs Salamanders before returning to The Swamp to face the Wilson Tobs on Monday.