by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs were handled by the Holly Springs Salamanders (rebranded as the Hushpuppies for the night) on Saturday, 11-3.
The Hushpuppies did their scoring in bunches, plating all 11 of their runs from the second to fifth innings. Holly Springs sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, an inning in which the 'Puppies scored five.
Bartels continued his hot start with another line-drive homer over the left field fence to tack on two more. Three of Bartels' seven hits on the season have come by way of the long ball.
That was all the offense Fayetteville could manage, though. They struck out six times offensively and left six runners on base.
SwampDogs reliever Max Steele had an outing to remember, going two innings and striking out four of the eight batters he faced. Steele's 15 strikeouts on the season are tops among Fayetteville's relief staff.
The SwampDogs return home on Sunday for Father's Day against the Asheboro Copperheads. The first 500 dads in attendance will receive free SwampDogs socks, courtesy of Lumbee River EMC. Gates open at 4 PM and first pitch is at 5:05. Following Sunday's game, Fayetteville will enjoy an off day Monday before returning to action Tuesday against the Florence RedWolves.
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.