by Jordan Lank
If there was a question about the Fayetteville SwampDogs offense heading into Wednesday night, let those questions go to rest.
The SwampDogs racked up 20 hits and 13 runs on their way to a 13-9 victory over the Morehead City Marlins on Wednesday night at "The Swamp."
In a game that teetered back and forth all night long, it was Fayetteville who found the upper hand in the late going. Trailing by two runs, a clutch three-run home run by Carson Bartels — his second moonshot of the night — and three RBI singles in the inning pushed the SwampDogs over the top.
It took an all-out effort from the 'Dogs offense, which has now scored 27 runs in its last four games. It was a big night for Sean McGeehan, who registered four hits in the winning effort. Jackson Webb and Austin Bost also reached base four times each and scored six combined runs.
After an uncharacteristically rocky night from the SwampDogs staff, Matt Bradley provided a steady relief outing to calm the storm. Bradley threw 2.1 innings and allowed just two hits while striking out three.
The SwampDogs will head on the road for their first matchup of the season against the Wilson Tobs on Thursday. Then, they'll return to "The Swamp" on Friday night for the Army's 244th Birthday. The SwampDogs will celebrate with special beer pricing, there will be a pregame parachute jump by the Black Daggers and the night will be capped off with a mega fireworks extravaganza, presented by American Tattoo Society. Gates open at 6 PM and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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.