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

Joe Vasile/Fayetteville SwampDogs

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.

 
Dogs get another quality start Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:32

Joe Vasile/Fayetteville SwampDogs

FLORENCE, S.C. - For the third consecutive game, the SwampDogs got a great performance from their pitching staff, but unfortunately the defense let the team down and the SwampDogs dropped a tough contest to the Florence RedWolves 4-1 Wednesday night.

After the game cruised along without a score through the first four innings, the SwampDogs struck for the first run in the top of the fifth inning.  Jacob Whiting reached base on a dropped third strike to lead off the inning, then Chase Edwards came up to try to sacrifice him over.  After RedWolves catcher Conor Sullivan tried a snap throw to first base after the first pitch, Edwards was called out by home plate umpire Vincent Jackson for batter's interference.  Jason Blum and Lane Paul laced back to back singles to load the bases.  David Palenzuela then would bring home Whiting with a sacrifice fly to left field.

SwampDogs starting pitcher Ricky Rivera had his best outing of the season.  He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but lost it with one out when he surrendered an RBI double to Gene Cone, scoring Andrew Cox who led off the inning with a walk.  Left fielder Norm Donkin made a great play, however, tracking the ball down and gunning down trail runner Brandon Chapman at home plate, who reached on an error earlier in the inning.

Things would unravel in the seventh for the SwampDogs, when three errors would lead to three unearned runs coming in to score off of Rivera, and the RedWolves would take a 4-1 lead which would hold for the remainder of the contest.

Rivera was the hard-luck loser for the SwampDogs, falling to 1-2 on the season.  Ryan Griffith got the win for the RedWolves and is now 5-2 out of the bullpen.  Michael Morrison recorded his CPL-leading eighth save of the season.

The Dogs are back at it Thursday night back at The Swamp as they play a doubleheader against the Petersburg Generals starting at 6:05 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.

 

 
SwampDogs drop pitcher's duel to USA Baseball Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:23

Joe Vasile/Fayetteville SwampDogs

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - If losses tell you more about the character of a team than wins, then Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Team USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team spoke volumes.  Even though the Dogs didn't come out on top of the scoreboard, the fans at J.P. Riddle Stadium left with a sense that the SwampDogs are a force to be reckoned with.

The Dogs used eight pitchers in the game, who limited Team USA to just six hits and two runs - one in the second inning off Rayne Raven, and one in the fourth off Jordy Farthing - while striking out seven and walking five.

The first run was scored when Christin Stewart doubled to lead off the second inning off Raven, then the next batter, Mark Mathias, doubled as well.  The run in the fourth came when Farthing walked Mathias and Zack Collins back-to-back  then gave up a single to Sheldon Neuse.

The SwampDogs would be held to just two hits offensively, one in the third by Jacob Whiting off of Jake Lemoine, and the other in the sixth by Chase Edwards off of A.J. Minter.

The winning pitcher in the game was Minter, and Raven was tagged with the loss.  Dillon Tate came on to pitch the ninth inning and earn the save.

The SwampDogs hit the road Wednesday night to take on the Florence RedWolves, before returning home for a doubleheader against the Petersburg Generals starting at 6:05 pm at The Swamp on Thursday night.  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 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 record first shutout of season, win 6-0 Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014 20:40

WILSON, N.C. - The SwampDogs broke out with two home runs in the third inning against Quinn Atwood, and they were able to defeat the Wilson Tobs 6-0 on Monday night at Historic Fleming Stadium.

David LaFleur dug in to lead off the top of the third inning against Atwood, and hit a no-doubt shot out to left-centerfield that cleared the scoreboard to put the Dogs up 1-0.  Three batters later, David Palenzuela connected on a monstrous two-run home run to right-centerfield that hit high atop the 20-foot advertising wall to put the SwampDogs up 3-0.

The Dogs would scratch through again with a run in the sixth inning against reliever Daniel Batts.  Brandon Metoyer led the inning off with a single, then advanced to second on a stolen base. After a single by LaFleur, Jason Blum drove home Metoyer with a base hit.  Lane Paul would be intentionally walked next to load the bases, and Batts was removed in favor of Dylan Frye.

Frye was able to retire the side, and would work a perfect seventh inning to keep the score right where it was.

The Dogs would add two unearned runs in the eighth inning, after a walk to LaFleur and a throwing error from Taylor Nichols put runners on the corners with one out.  Paul then came up to the plate and grounded out to second base to bring home LaFleur.  Blum would be brought home after Palenzuela lined a Jonathan Waszak offering to left field to make it 6-0.

The real story of the game, though, was the SwampDogs pitching.

Nick Harman went the first six innings for the 'Dogs, allowing just four hits while walking two and striking out five in his first start of the season.  He was originally slotted to get the start Friday night at Morehead City, then again on Saturday against the Asheboro Copperheads, but both of those games were washed out by Mother Nature.

Hunter Barnett, Hasten Freeman, and Deshorn Lake were able to combine to throw three scoreless frames in the seventh, eighth and ninth to shut the door and the victory for the SwampDogs.  It was the first shutout of the season by the SwampDogs, who are now at the .500 mark at 10-10.

The SwampDogs return home Tuesday to take on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team at 7:05 pm.  For tickets and more information call 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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