by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs' ninth-inning rally fell just short on Friday night against the Morehead City Marlins as they were bested 4-1.
Fayetteville put runners on the corners with no outs in the ninth against Marlins closer Kenny Wells, but the righty responded with three straight strikeouts to end the SwampDogs' comeback efforts.
It was a pitchers' duel through and through. 'Dogs right-hander Jonathan Cole went 5.1 innings and exited with two runners on, who would both come around to score. Cole tied his season high in strikeouts, sitting down six Marlins en route to reclaiming the team lead in strikeouts with 22 on the year.
Sean McGeehan blasted an opposite-field home run in the first, but that was all the scoring the SwampDogs could come up with. Morehead City held the 'Dogs to three hits with one coming in the final inning of play.
The SwampDogs will return to Fayetteville for the first of a back-to-back against Holly Springs on Saturday for the team's annual StriKing Out Cancer Night. The SwampDogs will wear commemorative, one-of-a-kind pink jerseys that are being auctioned off to benefit Friends of the Cancer Center. You can bid on your favorite SwampDogs' jersey on goswampdogs.com.
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.