by Jordan Lank
Two Fayetteville SwampDogs traveled to Cary, N.C. on Monday as a part of the Coastal Plain League Select team for its annual exhibition against the USA Collegiate National Team.
The CPL Select team is comprised of the brightest prospects from around the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs were represented by two St. John's products — outfielder Sean McGeehan and pitcher Jose Rodriguez — who each made an appearance in CPL Select's 4-0 loss.
Rodriguez pitched an inning of relief in the eighth for Select, allowing one hit. He recorded all three outs on five total pitches to close out the eight-inning contest.
McGeehan made an appearance in the international tie-breaker inning, netting an RBI single.
The two 'Dogs return back to the team and will travel to Wilmington on Tuesday for a divisional tilt versus the Sharks. Then, the 'Dogs will return home Wednesday for its annual Tribute to America Game, which will include an extravagant fireworks display following the game against the High-Point Thomasville HiToms. Gates open at 5 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.
Image courtesy of the Coastal Plain League