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Dogs pound Stars 9-3 Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014 21:18

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – It was bound to happen.  After struggling to score runs in the first five games of the season, the SwampDogs put up nine runs in an exhibition Monday night against the Catawba Valley Stars of the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League, winning 9-3.

Things got going early for the Dogs, as they sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs in the first inning, four coming with two outs.  The big hit of the inning was a two-run single by third baseman Brandon Metoyer.

Metoyer would have a great game, finishing 2-4 with a double and five RBIs.  He now leads the team with 9 RBIs on the season.

After the first inning five-spot, the Dogs got three more runs home with two outs in the second.  Brandon Metoyer’s bases-loaded double plated all of those runs.

Staked to an 8-0 lead, Ryan Stinar was on cruise control.  He retired the first eight batters to face him, and held the Stars off the scoreboard until the fourth inning.

A leadoff walk to right fielder Justin Paul followed up by singles from designated hitter Chris Paul and third baseman Trey Mathis brought in Paul.

Stinar would allow another run in the fifth as left fielder Ben Lott would lead off with a double and advance to third later on a wild pitch.  He would come in to score when shortstop Kam Stewart robbed Ashley Morris of a hit on a groundball up the middle on a great diving play.

Stinar’s final line for the game was five innings pitched, four hits, two runs, six strikeouts, and three walks.

The bullpen was stellar as usual, with Nick Hartman, Hasten Freeman and Norm Donkin combining to allow one unearned run over the final four innings.

The winning pitcher was Stinar, while Shane Murli was the loser for Catawba Valley.  Murli only lasted 0.2 innings, allowing four hits, and five runs while walking three.

The SwampDogs head to Wilmington tomorrow night to take on the Sharks, before returning home on Wednesday, June 4th to host the Morehead City Marlins.  For tickets contact the SwampDogs at 910-426-5900.

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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 nearly 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.comand follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 
Kid Reporter's take on the Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014 07:27

By: Alizdair Sebastien Ray

This is my second year being a SwampDog kid reporter. My name is Alizdair Sebastien Ray, I’m 10 years old and being a kid reporter is a fantastic experience in so many ways. I actually did this camp last year and the one Saturday. It is a great way to improve your baseball abilities.

The camp was on the 31st of May from 9am-12pm. I interviewed three kids. Lacey and Alissa were 13 and Patrick was 10. Ten year old Patrick was in the same age group as I. Each person did this camp for the very first time and found it very entertaining. Everyone has been doing baseball for a while and has enjoyed it. They found baseball as their favorite sport of all. Lacey has enjoyed playing recreation baseball, and both Alissa and Patrick play recreation and travel baseball. Lacey likes the Cardinals as her favorite MLB team. Patrick and Alissa like the Atlanta Braves as their team. Alissa likes the Braves because her father has always liked them. Lacey wanted to do this camp to get better at softball, Alissa wanted to do it because she thought it would be very fun, last was Patrick who did this camp to learn more about baseball. Lacey found the batting station her favorite and also Alissa, Patrick liked the outfield drills because it was his favorite of all.

I really enjoy getting to interview the campers and seeing that they like sports as I do. It makes me believe that there are so many kids who would get up early and do a really fun camp, instead of playing video games. I look forward to doing this camp again on June 27th. I hope more kids will show up and have an amazing time as I did!!!

 
SwampDogs comeback falls short Print E-mail
Saturday, 31 May 2014 21:28

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The SwampDogs have made a specialty out of come from behind wins this season, but Saturday night against the Columbia Blowfish, it wasn’t in the cards as they fell 4-3.

Things got off to a rough start for starting pitcher Jordy Farthing, who struggled to find his command in the first few innings, but was able to work his way out of trouble.

Offensively things weren’t much better.  Blowfish starter Trevor Hutto retired the first seven SwampDog batters to face him.

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the third, when designated hitter Brandon Metoyer got things going with a one out single.  He then stole second, and after a walk to catcher Jacob Whiting and second baseman Jason Blum getting hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded.  Shortstop Kam Stewart got Metoyer in with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, and the Dogs were out to a 1-0 lead.

Hutto would settle in from there and not allow any more runs in his seven innings of work.

Farthing surrendered a run in the fourth to tie the game at one, and gave up another two in the fifth after a controversial tag play at home plate.  First baseman Robbie Streett laced a single to left field with third baseman Allen Staton on second.  Left fielder Norm Donkin unleashed a strike to Whiting which beat Staton to the plate.  Staton, however, was able to make a fantastic slide to evade Whiting’s tag.

Seth Laigast, pitching for the second time in as many nights, surrendered a run in the seventh to make it 4-1 Blowfish.

The bottom of the eighth inning to off to a good start for the SwampDogs as third baseman Palmer Page walked, and Metoyer singled.  Whiting then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that hugged the foul line, and Columbia catcher JD Crowe had to put it in his back pocket.

The bases were loaded with nobody out for Blum, who hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed a run to score.  Stewart then drove in Metoyer with a single to make it 4-3.  Evan Raynor would get out of the inning, then struck out the side in the ninth inning to save the win for the Blowfish.

The winning pitcher was Hutto, who improves to 1-0 on the season.  Farthing took the loss for the Dogs, falling to 0-1.  Raynor’s save was his second of the year.

The SwampDogs are back at it Monday night against the Catawba Valley Stars, first pitch 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 nearly 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.comand follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 
Dogs deflate Blowfish, 5-3 Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2014 21:19

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The SwampDogs bats came alive Friday night, as they pounded out 12 hits against the Columbia Blowfish in a 5-3 win at Capital City Stadium. The team had just 13 hits in their first three games.

It was a frustrating start for the SwampDogs, stranding the bases loaded in the first inning, then surrendering a run on a throwing error by third baseman Palmer Page.

The Dogs would leave the bases full again in the second, before finally pushing across the equalizer in the third.  First baseman Lane Paul singled to lead off the inning, then advanced to third on a Page double.  A groundout from designated hitter Brandon Metoyer plated Paul.

Paul would collect three hits on the game, and Metoyer would have two RBI, and now leads the team with four on the season.

The SwampDogs would plate another in the fourth inning, and two in the fifth, and that was all the support the SwampDogs pitching staff would need.

Starting pitcher Clayton Freimuth went four innings allowing two hits and two unearned runs while striking out three and walking four.

Ben Dartnell came into relieve him and hurled two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out three, followed up a scoreless inning from Seth Laigast.

Hunter Barnett would run into some trouble in the eighth inning, allowing a double to third baseman Allen Staton, who would come around to score on a two out single by J.D. Crowe, making the score 4-3.  He was taken out of the game, and Ryan Domingue would record the third out of the inning.

The run allowed by Barnett broke a 15.2 inning scoreless streak for the SwampDogs bullpen to start the season.

In the ninth inning, the SwampDogs would add an insurance run as catcher Jacob Whiting would lace an RBI single into right center, plating centerfielder David LaFleur.  LaFleur scored two runs on the game and made a great diving catch in centerfield in the second inning.

Deshorn Lake then came on to try to shut the door in the ninth.  He allowed one batter to reach on an error and a hit, which brought up the winning run with two outs.  Lake was able to get Staton to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

The winning pitcher was Dartnell, who improves to 1-0, the loser was Colie Bowers, who falls to 0-1.  Lake’s save was his second of the season.

The SwampDogs and Blowfish square off again Saturday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium on the first fireworks night of the season at The Swamp.  For tickets and more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 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 nearly 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.comand follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 
Steamers silence Dogs bats Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:12

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs suffered their first setback of the season, falling 6-1 to the Edenton Steamers Thursday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

Things went the Dogs way in the first inning as starter Cam Knott worked around a two out double in the first from Steamer first baseman Ty Barkell.

The SwampDogs then went to work in the bottom of the first, with left fielder Jacob Long lacing a double to right field with one out.  He moved to third on a groundout by right fielder Chase Edwards and scored on a ground rule double from Lane Paul.

The Steamers pushed across the equalizer in the third inning when Isaac Smith put on a baserunning display: singling, then stealing second and third before scoring when the throw to third trickled up the left field line.

The score would only remain tied for a short time as the bottom of the fourth proved fatal for the Dogs.  A two-out rally plated five Steamer runs, and that was more than Starting pitcher Manny Arciniega would need.

He cruised through six innings allowing just three hits while walking three and striking out five.

The one bright spot in the game for the SwampDogs was the performance of their bullpen.  Randy Hair, Justin White and Bennett Schiltz combined for five innings of scoreless relief work, combining to retire the final 13 Steamer batters.

That performance pushed the bullpen’s scoreless innings streak to 12 to begin the season.

The winning pitcher in the game was Manny Arciniega, who improves to 1-0.  Cam Knott suffered the loss, falling to 0-1.  The SwampDogs are now 2-1, one game behind the Steamers in the Coastal Plain League East standings.

The Dogs will travel south to Columbia, S.C. to take on the Blowfish Friday night before returning to The Swamp Saturday to play the Blowfish in the second end of the home-and-home series.  For tickets and more information, call the SwampDogs at 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 nearly 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.comand follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 
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