By Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs won their second game in as many nights on Friday against the Martinsville Mustangs, when they emerged victorious after a 9-8 high-octane battle.
The SwampDogs opened the scoring in the first when Austin Bost drove in two with a line-drive double off the left field wall. The Mustangs responded with three of their own in the second, but it would not take long for Fayetteville to punch back.
The 'Dogs scored seven unanswered runs between the fourth and fifth innings, when they sent more than nine batters to the plate in consecutive innings. Fayetteville smacked four straight singles in the fifth to drive in the bulk of its runs.
The Mustangs made things interesting, though, after plating one in the sixth and three in the seventh. Heading into the ninth, Fayetteville led 9-7. Matt Vonderschmidt allowed a run on a double and a sacrifice fly to tighten the SwampDogs' lead to just one. But, with the bases empty and two outs, Vonderschmidt struck out Martinsville second baseman Casey Harford looking to lock down his second save of the season.
It was a great night offensively for the SwampDogs. Every player in the lineup reached base safely, and six different players recorded RBIs. The 'Dogs worked 11 walks on their way to the win in their only matchup with Martinsville this year.
The SwampDogs begin a two-game road trip on Saturday when they head east to Wilmington for two games. Fayetteville returns home Tuesday for their second tilt of the season versus the Catawba Valley Stars on Local Superhero Night, and will conclude the brief homestand on Wednesday for Fishin' in the Park Night against Morehead City. Gates will open at "The Swamp" at 6 PM and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 on each night.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are members of the The Coastal Plain League and are in their 19th Summer of fun. The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball 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 122 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.