Two Panola College (Tex.) freshmen are the newest additions to the Fayetteville SwampDogs 2019 roster. Right-handed pitcher Chad Dallas and infielder Austin Bost will take their talents to "The Swamp" when they report to the 'Dogs in late May. Both Ponies have burst out of the gates to start their college careers.
Dallas, a reliever for Panola, has posted a 2-0 record in four appearances. In 13.1 innings, the right-hander from Orange, Tex. has allowed three earned runs, nine hits and six walks while amassing a 1.98 ERA. Dallas' 25 strikeouts are good for nearly 63% of his total outs (40) thus far.
"We're elated to have Chad this summer. He is a back end type of arm that we are glad to have in our bullpen," SwampDogs head coach David Anderson said. "He's an extremely hard worker who has electric stuff."
Bost, of Port Neches, Tex., has showed impressive numbers at the plate early in 2019. He's made the most of his team-leading 60 at-bats, hitting .300/.373/.550 while knocking six doubles and three home runs. Bost is tied atop the leaderboard at Panola for RBIs with 14 and, according to Anderson, will prove to be a valuable asset for the SwampDogs.
"Austin is another guy who we expect big things from," Anderson said. "He's an elite athlete and even better kid. He's a guy that could hit anywhere in the order for us and play multiple positions. He will be an asset for us this summer."
The SwampDogs begin their 19th summer of fun on May 28th, as they host Catawba Valley. Season tickets, bundled tickets and group tickets are on sale now. Single game tickets go on sale May 1st. The SwampDogs are a member of the Coastal Plain League. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 116 alums – including 2017 American League Champion Series Most Valuable Player, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 National League.