by Jordan Lank
It surely wasn't easy, but the Fayetteville SwampDogs willed themselves to a victory on Saturday night over the Holly Springs Salamanders on StriKing Out Cancer Night, 9-8.
Austin Bost doubled home two in the seventh to give the SwampDogs a 7-6 lead, but it was squandered shortly after when a bases-loaded Holly Springs walk in the eighth tied the game. The Salamanders would muster one more run in the inning to regain the lead by one.
Then, two passed balls off the mitt of Salamanders catcher Chance Bryant scored Phelts and McGeehan, giving the 'Dogs a 9-8 lead.
After surrendering an inherited run in the eighth, Matt Vonderschmidt shut the Salamanders out in the top of the ninth to seal the win.
McGeehan hit a two-run home run in the second, his fifth of the season. McGeehan now leads the SwampDogs with five homers, and is second in the Coastal Plain League.
Brett Brown recorded a two-hit outing, lining a double off the left-field wall in the second and knocking a single in the seventh.
Christian Wingard pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his first outing since June 14th.
The SwampDogs also celebrated StriKing Out Cancer Night, honoring those affected by breast cancer by wearing special pink jerseys that were auctioned off during the game. In the seventh inning, breast cancer survivors took the field for a special "Survivor Walk" from dugout to dugout to a standing ovation from the Fayetteville crowd.
The SwampDogs travel to Holly Springs tomorrow for the second half of a home-and-home series against the Salamanders before heading to Wilmington on Monday. Then, the 'Dogs will return home on Tuesday for Christmas in June Night. 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.