by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs were defeated in a rain-shortened away game against the Wilson Tobs on Thursday night, 8-4.
The Tobs started the scoring in the third inning when they sent nine batters to the plate and crossed four. Three RBI singles and a sacrifice fly put Wilson ahead, and they never looked back.
The SwampDogs received all of their runs off the bat of Brandon Talley, who roped a two-run home run over the right-field wall with two outs in the fourth, and plated two more on a bloop single to left in the fifth.
After each of Talley's knocks, however, the 'Dogs stranded the bases loaded and left a total of 12 on the basepaths on the night.
The game was cancelled moments before the first pitch of the eighth inning due to a quick cell of rain that passed through in no more than 20 minutes. The field was deemed unplayable by umpires Jaylen Goodman and Tyler Wilson.
Fayetteville returns 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.
Image courtesy of Jordyn Sasser, Wilson Tobs