The SwampDogs used the long ball and timely hitting to defeat the Wilmington Sharks 11-4 on Tuesday's Christmas at The Swamp game. The win marked four straight for the 'Dogs and improved them to 12-10 on the year.
The SwampDogs scored two runs in the first inning as Cam Phelts led off with a walk and scored on a Pearce Howard single. Carson Bartels also scored as the SwampDogs took advantage of a Sharks error to set that run up.
The SwampDogs added to their lead in the second on a towering three-run home run off the bat of Brett Brown. That made the game 5-0. The 'Dogs added two more runs for good measure and it was 7-0 after two.
The Sharks scored their first run in the third inning but their rally was quickly snuffed out. Cam Phelts, who reached base in all five of his plate appearances added a solo shot home run in the seventh and scored in the eighth as well. Phelts went 3-3 on the night and scored four of the SwampDogs 11 runs.
The SwampDogs next game is tomorrow as they travel to Asheboro to play the Copperheads. Their next home game is Thursday as they host the Morehead City Marlins. It is Summertime St. Patty's Day at The Swamp and the first 500 adults 21 and older will receive a cooling towel courtesy of Healy Wholesale. It is also Dog Days at The Swamp, presented by North Star Vet. Bring your dogs to see our 'Dogs. Gates open at 6:00 and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
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.