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Kachler, Norman Shine In ‘Dogs Resilient Victory

by Jordan Lank

The Fayetteville SwampDogs escaped with a resounding win Wednesday night against the High Point-Thomasville HiToms, 3-2.

Brandon Talley started the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth, part of a 3-for-4 night. Newcomer Damon Dues collected his first SwampDogs RBI with a single of his own in the fifth.

The HiToms tied the game with a line-drive homer in the fifth, but it would not stay knotted up for long.

Alex Kachler flexed his clutch gene and clobbered a solo shot to left in the sixth to give the 'Dogs a one-run lead.

Ben Norman saved the day for the SwampDogs in the eighth, with an on-target missile to the plate from right field to nab the potential game-tying run at the plate. Konner Piotto's tag, pictured, concluded the electric play by the 'Dogs.

Fayetteville's pitching was strong throughout. The night began with Jonathan Cole, who gave the SwampDogs four innings of one-hit ball before, striking out five along the way.

Matt Bradley pitched two innings, and Matt Vonderschmidt came on to record a three-inning save to lock the win down for the SwampDogs. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak.

The SwampDogs travel to High Point-Thomasville on Thursday for the second half of a home-and-home series with the HiToms. The game will conclude the season series between the two teams, which currently sits at one game apiece Then, the 'Dogs will return to "The Swamp" on Friday for Kids' Night, where every child 13 and under will receive free admission with a paid adult. Gates will open at 6 PM with first pitch 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, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.

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