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How to get to The Swamp around construction Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

Legion Road will be closing down for a short time due to construction between Owen Drive and West Mountain Drive, and fans will have to find alternative routes to get to J.P. Riddle Stadium.

Fans coming to The Swamp from Owen Dr. do have some easy alternative routes to get to the park.

If you're coming to the stadium by heading west on Owen Dr., simply turn left onto Camden Road, then make a left onto West Mountain Drive.  Then you make a right onto Legion Road and the ballpark is just seconds away on the left.

Driving east on Owen Dr., you would make a right turn onto Camden Rd., then a left onto West Mountain Dr., followed by a right onto Legion Road, where you can find the ballpark on the left.

Legion Road in front of J.P. Riddle Stadium will remain open during the construction, and it will not affect the SwampDogs' schedule at all.

 

 
SwampDogs hold 2nd Annual Balls & Strikes Bowling Classic Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

On Sunday, June 29th, the Fayetteville SwampDogs held their 2nd Annual Balls & Strikes Bowling Classic at B & B Lanes for the benefit of the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation.

Fans of all ages came out to the tournament and bowled with SwampDogs players and coaches all afternoon in a fun atmosphere for a great cause.

Bowlers in each of the two, two-hour sessions competed for trophies in highest team score, highest individual score, lowest team score, lowest individual score, most gutter balls and most spirited.

The SwampDogs are also holding an online auction for game-used pink jerseys to benefit the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation's Friends of the Cancer Center.

You can bid on these one-of-a-kind pink jerseys by clicking here. Online bidding will be open until 4 pm on Thursday, July 10th.

At that point, the auction will continue at The Swamp, where fans will have until the final out of the SwampDogs' game against the Petersburg Generals to compete in a silent auction for the jerseys.

 
SwampDogs break out bats in loss Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 June 2014 20:18

GASTONIA, N.C. - The SwampDogs would score in each of the first four innings, but dropped a slugfest to the Gastonia Grizzlies, 10-9 Saturday night.

Things got started quickly for the SwampDogs, when Jason Blum led off the game with an infield single against Gastonia starter Hayden Deal.  Lane Paul then grounded into a fielder's choice, but Blum beat the throw to second base, and everybody was safe.  David Palenzuela then stepped in and hit a comebacker that Deal gloved, but then dropped and the bases were loaded with nobody out.  Norm Donkin grounded a single through the hole between shortstop and third base to bring in Blum.  The next batter, Kam Stewart grounded into a double play, erasing Donkin from the basepaths, but scoring Paul to make it 3-0 SwampDogs.

The Dogs would plate another three runs in the second inning, when Chase Edwards would lead off with a walk, then Brandon Metoyer singled to put runners at first and second.  Michael Bozarth would lay down a perfect bunt single, and Gastonia third baseman Zach Schritenthal threw the ball away and Edwards came in to score, while Metoyer advanced to third. Blum would single to bring home Metoyer, then Paul would ground into a double play, which brought in Bozarth to make it 6-0 in favor of the Dogs.

In the third inning, Donkin drew a leadoff walk then stole second base.  After an Alex Harris walk, Edwards knocked in Donkin with a single to make it 7-0.  But then the Grizzlies would start their comeback, plating three runs in the bottom of the third against Ryan Stinar.

The SwampDogs would get one back in the top of the fourth, with Bozarth leading off with a single, then stealing second base.  Two batters later, Palenzuela drove him home with a base hit, and the Dogs were on top 8-3.

The Grizzlies, however, would come back to tie the game up, with a run in the fourth, and four runs in the fifth, the first two in that inning coming off of Stinar, the other two were charged to Will Bacon, who relieved Stinar after he allowed back-to-back hits to lead off the inning.

The SwampDogs would come back and retake the lead in the next half inning, when Paul led off with an infield single.  He advanced to second when Palenzuela collected his second hit of the game. Donkin placed a sacrifice bunt up the first base line to advance the runners over.  Stewart then grounded out to shortstop, scoring Paul to make it 9-8 Dogs.

Bacon, unfortunately, would surrender a run in the bottom half of the inning, and the score would once again be tied at 9.

Both teams' pitching would settle down in the seventh and eighth, as both teams were held off the scoreboard by Charlie Richardson of the Grizzlies, and Ryan Domingue of the SwampDogs.

In the ninth inning, Henry Rundio led off against Domingue with a single, and three batters later, a Zade Denton sacrifice fly brought him in to win the game and complete the comeback for the Grizzlies, who never held a lead in the game.

Domingue got the loss and moves to 0-1, Richardson won and is now 1-0.  The SwampDogs will be off tomorrow before traveling to take on the High Point-Thomasville HiToms on Monday night.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 69 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 

 
SwampDogs outslug Sharks on StriKing Out Cancer Night, 10-8 Print E-mail
Friday, 27 June 2014 23:00

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Despite her best efforts, Mother Nature couldn't rain on the SwampDogs' hit parade, as they scored 10 runs in the first three innings, and went on to defeat the Wilmington Sharks 10-8 Friday night at The Swamp.

The SwampDogs struck early, plating four runs in the first inning against Tyler Haswell.  Jason Blum was hit on the very first pitch thrown by Haswell, he then advanced to third on a single two batters later by David Palenzuela.  Norm Donkin was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Kam Stewart.  Stewart laced a two-RBI double to left centerfield.  Centerfielder Nate Moorhouse overthrew the cutoff man, allowing Donkin to come in from third, then catcher Jake Kusz overthrew Collin Steagall covering home in an attempt to get Donkin at the plate, which allowed Stewart to come in and score.

The bats kept going in the second inning, when Brandon Metoyer led off with a triple , then two batters later Jason Blum walked.  With Lane Paul at the plate, Jason Blum took off and stole second base, and after Kusz threw down to second, Metoyer broke for the plate and came in to score after the return throw home from Sam Foy skipped away from Kusz.  Blum took third on the play.  Paul would then crack a double, plating Blum to put the SwampDogs up 6-0.

In the third, the 'Dogs would do some more damage against Haswell, when Alex Harris led off with a sharply-hit single.  Chase Edwards followed that up with a base hit of his own, and there were runners on first and second with no outs.  After Metoyer struck out, Jacob Whiting hit a groundball to Shawn Sanders, who stepped on second base to retire Edwards, then threw wildly to first, allowing Whiting to go down to second base, and for Harris to come in and score.  Jason Blum followed that up with an RBI single to bring home Whiting.  Paul was up next and hit a ball off the wall in left field that caused Sharks left fielder Christian Wolfe to slam into the wall then crumple in pain on the warning track.  Paul kept hustling and was able to make it all around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to put the SwampDogs up 10-0.

The Sharks would slowly start to creep back into the game, scoring an unearned run in the fourth against Cam Knott, then plating three in the fifth inning after five consecutive two-out hits.  They would strike again with four in the eighth inning against reliever Justin White to cut the defecit to 10-8.

Hasten Freeman would come in to finish the eighth and stop the bleeding, and pitched around trouble in the ninth inning to earn a four-out save, his first of the season.

Knott (3-1) was the winning pitcher, going seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits, walking two and striking out three.  Haswell (1-3) got the loss for the Sharks, going three innings and allowing all 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits, walking one and striking out one.

The SwampDogs hit the road tomorrow night to take on the Gastonia Grizzlies for the first time this season.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 

 
Dogs drop twinbill despite great pitching Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2014 23:08

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - In a doubleheader Thursday night againsT the Petersburg Generals, SwampDogs starters combined to throw 11 innings while allowing one earned run, but the SwampDogs were swept by the Generals, losing 7-4 in the first game, and 4-3 in the second.

Bennett Schiltz took the mound in game one and allowed five unearned runs to score in the top half of the first frame, but would settle down after that, allowing just one run over his final five innings of work, including one stretch where he retired 11 batters in a row.

In the second game, Jordy Farthing picked up right where he left off in his last start, allowing just two hits and striking out 10 Generals in five innings of work while not allowing a run.  Farthing lowered his season ERA to a paltry 1.19 mark.  The SwampDogs would commit two errors in the sixth inning, leading to three runs (one earned) scoring off Ryan Domingue and the Generals would take the lead.

Jason Blum would have a terrific day overall for the SwampDogs on offense, going 3-5 with a double, two RBIs, three walks a stolen base and two runs scored.

Schiltz was the losing pitcher in game one, falling to 1-2 on the season, despite lowering his ERA to 2.18.  Seth Laigast took the loss for the SwampDogs in game two, he falls to 1-1.

The SwampDogs are back at it Friday night on the 8th Annual StriKing Out Cancer Night as the SwampDogs host the Wilmington Sharks at 7:05 pm.  For tickets and more information, call 910-426-5900.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 
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