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Howard Shines In Loss To Salamanders

The Fayetteville SwampDogs were defeated by the Holly Springs Salamanders on Thursday night at Ting Stadium, 7-1. The night was highlighted by two separate lightning delays, deflating Fayetteville's momentum.

The first delay took place before the game started, pushing first pitch back nearly a full hour. The 'Dogs got on the board first when Pearce Howard drove in Cameron Phelts for an RBI double in the first, but lightning struck again to force a second delay.

Play resumed around 9 PM, when the momentum shifted toward Holly Springs. The Salamanders scored one in the bottom of the second, then scored six consecutive runs to end the ballgame.

Howard had a night to remember, notching a solid 3-for-4 night with two doubles and a triple. The Fayetteville outfielder extended his ongoing hit streak to eight games, and has reached base safely in each of his last 10 appearances.

Matt Vonderschmidt "opened" for the SwampDogs, providing 3 ⅔ innings of work in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits. At one point. Vonderschmidt struck out five Salamanders in a row. The Piedmont senior would go on to punch out six.

The SwampDogs travel to Wilmington on Friday for a divisional matchup against the Sharks before returning to "The Swamp" for 90's Night on Saturday against the Wilson Tobs. Tom Guiry, who played Scotty Smalls in "The Sandlot," will be in attendance. The first 500 fans will receive SwampDogs fanny packs, and one will contain the Golden Ticket, good for a game of catch with a SwampDogs player and Tom Guiry himself. Gates open at 6 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, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.

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