The SwampDogs arrived in Morehead City with everything working early in Friday's matchup with the Marlins, but they struggled to sustain that momentum as the game went on.
After jumping out to a three-run lead through four innings, Fayetteville could not quite hold off their divisional rivals, falling to the Marlins 6-4 on a ninth inning home run. The loss marked the third walk-off of the week against the SwampDogs, who have not been beaten by more than two runs in the month of July but still find themselves at 1-4 since the calendar changed.
As has been the case throughout this second half's opening week, Fayetteville had several solid individual performances Friday. On the mound, it was recent addition Harry Thomas (Campbell) impressing in his debut with the SwampDogs. The Fayetteville starter held Morehead City to just one run on five hits, striking out four and using just 55 pitches in his four innings of work.
On the offensive side, the SwampDogs produced another solid scoring output against the Marlins. The trio of AJ Hrica (Campbell), Tyler Shuck (Florida Gulf Coast) and Trent Franson (Houston Baptist) each had multiple hits, and Fayetteville scored two or more runs for the fourth straight game.
The SwampDogs remain in second place overall in the East Division and trail the Wilmington Sharks by just three games in the second half with 21 contests yet to be played.
Fayetteville will finish off the week at home Saturday for Country Night at The Swamp, with the first 500 fans, 21 and over, receiving a commemorative mason jar courtesy of Deschutes and Healy Wholesale. The matchup against the Lexington County Blowfish will be the final game before the All-Star break, which begins Sunday.