by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs sent the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but were unable to come all the way back from a four-run deficit on Wednesday night, as they were defeated by the Florence RedWolves 5-3.
For seven innings, it looked like Florence starting pitcher Parker White would cruise to his first victory of the season, but things got rocky for the right-hander in the seventh when the first SwampDogs run scored on a RedWolves throwing error. The 'Dogs would leave an Alex Kachler single aboard in to end the inning.
More dramatics ensued in the eighth, when JoJo Allen laced a double to center field and Carson Bartels came mere feet from tying the game with his sixth longball of the season, which hooked just foul.
The 'Dogs came alive in the ninth when Pearce Howard reached on a leadoff infield single, which extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 17. Howard alertly moved up to second when Kachler popped out behind the plate. Brandon Talley and Konner Piotto pulled the game closer with back-to-back RBI doubles, cutting the RedWolves' lead to two. The 'Dogs got the tying run to the plate twice, but a popout and a flyout ended the hopes of a Fayetteville come-from-behind victory.
Josh Plummer got the start for the SwampDogs, and returned to his success. In four innings of work, Plummer allowed five hits and two runs, both earned. The Tennessee righty allowed two walks and struck out four RedWolves, whom he pitched for last season.
Brown reliever Ryan Fisch made his SwampDogs debut and struck out both batters he faced.
Florence's White held the 'Dogs to just three hits before his departure. White threw 7 ⅓ innings and allowed one unearned run, and struck out six.
The SwampDogs will take on the Holly Springs Salamanders on Thursday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium for Noche Latina Night. It is also a Dog Day at the ballpark, so be sure to bring your furry friend to watch the SwampDogs, free with the purchase of a ticket. 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 www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.