The SwampDogs shut out Holly Springs for the second time in as many nights on Saturday as the beat the Salamanders 8-0. Saturday night was Family Fun Night and Host Family Appreciation Night as well. Before the game, the SwampDogs said thank you to all of their host families in a special presentation. The first 500 fans all received commemorative Fun-Go Bobbleheads, courtesy of Lumbee River EMC.
The SwampDogs scored in the first inning as the first three batters of Cameron Phelts, Konner Piotto and Alex Kachler all singled. The Kachler single scored Phelts. The SwampDogs added a second run in the fifth inning as Phelts led off the inning with a home run.
Max Steele made his first start of the year for the SwampDogs. Steele, who has been a strong reliever for the 'Dogs, went five innings, allowing no runs and just one hit. Steele also struck out five.
The SwampDogs for the second consecutive night, woke up their bats in the seventh. Piotto hit a two out solo shot home run to increase the lead to 3-0. The SwampDogs then hit three straight singles en route to a four-run inning and the 'Dogs led 6-0 after 7. They would add two more in the eighth inning to make the game 8-0.
The SwampDogs are off tomorrow. They begin a four game in five-night home stand on Monday as they host Lexington County. Monday is also Monday saving Monday. Select fountain drinks, along with 12-ounce domestic cans of beer will be just a dollar. Hot dogs will be 25 cents all night.
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.