by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs lost in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday night, falling to the Florence RedWolves at home 7-6.
The 'Dogs rallied to tie the game in the eighth with a Ben Norman sacrifice fly, but two errors in the top of the ninth saw the SwampDogs surrender what ended up being the winning Florence run.
Alex Kachler continued his consistency at the plate, mashing a no-doubt two-run home run to left field in the fifth.
Krishna Raj settled down after a rocky first to finish with five innings of five-hit ball. All three runs he allowed came in that inning. Before he was pulled, Raj retired seven straight RedWolves.
C.J. Fehribach impressed by throwing 1.1 innings and striking out one, helping the 'Dogs evade danger in the seventh.
The SwampDogs travel to Holly Springs tomorrow for their second of five matchups in eight days against the Salamanders. They will then return home on Thursday to play Holly Springs, where the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative puzzle. It's also Dog Day Thursday, so don't forget to bring your furry friend to the ballpark! Gates open at 6 PM and first pitch is at 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.