It took extra innings on Monday, but the SwampDogs were able to outlast the Wilmington Sharks 11-9 in 10 innings.
The SwampDogs got off to a hot start in the first on a two RBI single from Alex Kachler. A sacrifice fly from Will Karp then made it a 3-0 lead. The Sharks however responded with three of their own in the first to tie the game. The Sharks added a pair of runs in the second to take a 5-3 lead. They added one in both the third and fifth innings to extend the lead to 7-3.
The SwampDogs fired back in the sixth with five runs. Singles by Konnor Piotto, Carson Bartels and Sean McGeehan, paired with a Cameron Phelts walk, gave the 'Dogs an 8-7 lead. That was answered with a run by the Sharks in the bottom of the inning to knot the game at 8.
The game would remained tied until the top of the tenth. The International tie breaker rules were then put into effect. The SwampDogs started the inning with Kachler and Brandon Talley on first and second bases. Pearce Howard led off the inning with a triple that scored them both. Howard scored on a bloop single to second off the bat of Will Karp. The SwampDogs went into the bottom of the inning with an 11-8 lead.
The Sharks added a run in the 9th, but the 'Dogs were able to hold off a further comeback and got the win to improve to 11-10.
The SwampDogs next game is Tuesday for Christmas at the Swamp, as the SwampDogs will celebrate Christmas in June. It's also TattoosDay, brought to you by New Addiction Tattoos. Show off your favorite ink and you can win tickets to an upcoming SwampDogs game. 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.