On an evening that saw a little bit of everything, including a rare defensive feat, the SwampDogs defeated the Holly Springs Salamanders, 9-6 on Sunday.
The SwampDogs first threat of the game came in the third inning when they had two runners on and nobody out. The SwampDogs rally was erased however, on a rare 5-4-3 triple play. The Salamanders would then score two in the bottom of that inning to strike first.
The SwampDogs scored their first run in the fourth inning on a Brandon Talley single. A fielding error helped the SwampDogs get their four run, fifth inning started. The inning also saw a sacrifice fly by Sean McGeehan and RBI single by Austin Bost.
The Salamanders got within a run in the sixth, but that was answered with two by the SwampDogs in the seventh on a two run RBI double by Alex Kachler.
The SwampDogs added an insurance run in the ninth. Despite a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning by the Salamanders, the SwampDogs held on and were able to secure the win, to improve to 10-10 on the season.
The SwampDogs will stay on the road Monday, as they travel to Wilmington to play the Sharks. The next home game is Tuesday, also against the Sharks. Tuesday is Christmas at the Swamp, as the SwampDogs will celebrate Christmas in June. Gates will open at 6:00 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.