by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs capped off their regular season on Saturday night with a seven-inning, 16-3 loss to the Wilmington Sharks at Legion Stadium.
The Sharks jumped on top early with two runs in the first two innings, before scoring three in the third and a season-high 11 runs in the fourth.
The SwampDogs broke the shutout with three runs in the seventh inning. With one out in the inning, JoJo Allen drove home Nathan Dill on a double to center field. Brian Williams plated Bailey Lewis on an RBI groundout in the next at-bat, before Anthony Ethington reached base safely to score Allen. All three Fayetteville runs were unearned.
Konner Piotto recorded his team-leading 10th double of the season and swiped a base in the ballgame, progressing his stolen base percentage on the season to 90%.
The SwampDogs return to action on Sunday when they travel east to take on the Morehead City Marlins in the East Divisional Championship Round of the Pettit Cup Playoffs. The SwampDogs need a win to keep their championship hopes alive, as the first two rounds of the playoffs are single-elimination contests.
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.