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SwampDogs win third in a row Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2014 21:26

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs were able to take advantage of six errors from the Wilson Tobs to cruise to an easy 7-2 victory Friday night at The Swamp.

Things got going quickly for the SwampDogs in the first inning with second baseman Jason Blum working a lengthy at bat before singling off of Tob starter Tyler Watson.  Blum advanced to second after centerfielder Adam Pate overthrew the cutoff man getting the ball back into the infield.

Two batters and one passed ball later, left fielder Norm Donkin dumped a changeup into right field to bring in Blum with the first run of the game.

SwampDog starter Cam Knott would surrender two runs in the top of the second, and the Tobs would take a 2-1, but it would not last for long.

In the bottom of the third, the SwampDogs would plate four runs to take the lead for good.  The inning got started when centerfielder David LaFleur reached on an infield single.  Blum and shortstop Kam Stewart then both reached on perfectly placed bunt singles to load the bases with nobody out.

Donkin then stepped up and battled Watson before dumping a single into right centerfield which would clear the bases.  He would advance to second on another error by Pate.

After Donkin advanced to third on a groundout from catcher Lane Paul, he came into score on a sacrifice fly from right fielder Chase Edwards.

The SwampDogs would add insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings to stretch the score to 7-2, where it would stay.

On the hill Knott was dealing, as he would hand the SwampDogs their third quality start in the last four games.  Knott went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, walking one and striking out four.

Ryan Stinar, Nick Hartman and Deshorn Lake came on to pitch the final three innings and slam the door shut on the SwampDogs’ third consecutive win.  Lake struck out two batters in the ninth, touching 97 miles per hour with his fastball.

Knott was the winning pitcher, and his record improves to 1-1 on the season, Watson got the loss for the Tobs, falling to 2-1.

With the win the SwampDogs improve their record to 6-3 on the season moving one game ahead of the Tobs for second place in the Coastal Plain League East Division standings, 1.5 games behind the 7-1 Edenton Steamers for first.

The SwampDogs hit the road for the second half of the home-and-home series at Wilson tomorrow night, first pitch at 7:05 pm.

 

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.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.
 
SwampDogs bite Sharks, 5-1 Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014 23:30

WILMINGTON, N.C. – “Beat Fayetteville Night” part two did not go so well for the Wilmington Sharks.  The SwampDogs were able to beat the Sharks 5-1, Thursday night.

It was a fierce pitcher’s duel early in the game, with Dogs starter Ricky Rivera and Sharks starter Will Gilbert matching zeros through the first five innings.

In the sixth, the SwampDogs finally broke through with the first run of the game.  Designated hitter Kam Stewart lead off the inning with a walk, then shortstop Jason Blum reached on an error.  Centerfielder David LaFleur pulled a double down the left field line to bring in the first two runs of the game.  Left fielder Alex Harris was up next and drew a walk, then right fielder Norm Donkin tripled to left center bringing home the next two.

Donkin would come into score when catcher Lane Paul hit a sacrifice fly that was dropped by right fielder Nathan Becker, and the SwampDogs lead 5-0.

With the SwampDogs still batting in the sixth, lightning was spotted in the distance and the game came to a halt.

After a half-hour delay, play resumed, but the Dogs couldn’t add any more runs.

Rivera’s day was done after the delay.  He went five spectacular innings, allowing two hits, no runs, no walks and striking out four.

Hunter Barnett came in and allowed a run to score in the sixth, while Justin White and Seth Laigast pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth.

Hasten Freeman worked around a leadoff error in the ninth inning to shut the door, and seal the victory for the SwampDogs.

The winning pitcher was Rivera who improves to 1-0 on the season; Gilbert got the loss for the Sharks.

The next game for the SwampDogs is Friday, June 6th at J.P. Riddle Stadium as the Dogs take on the Wilson Tobs at 7:05 pm.  The SwampDogs will be remembering the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy presented by the USAA.  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.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.
 
SwampDogs fry Marlins again, 9-3 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 21:08

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs have made a habit of late-inning comebacks this year, and Wednesday night was no exception as they edged the Morehead City Marlins 6-3.

The scoring got started in the bottom of the third inning when shortstop Kam Stewart had an infield single and advanced to third when left fielder Alex Harris singled into right center field off Morehead City starter Chris Good.

Stewart came around to score when right fielder Norm Donkin grounded out to second base, and Harris scored when first baseman Chase Edwards lined a single to left.

Starting pitcher Bennett Schiltz surrendered a solo home run to second baseman Nick Lombardi in the fourth, and allowed first baseman Quincy Nieporte to score after he doubled, and the score was knotted up at 2-2.

The Marlins would break the tie with a run in the sixth inning, and the SwampDogs were in need of a comeback.

And that’s what they would get.

With Good’s day done after six, Logan Hershenow came on to pitch the seventh inning, and after retiring the leadoff batter, he allowed an infield single to centerfielder David LaFleur and a single to Kam Stewart.  After LaFleur went first-to-third on the hit, and Stewart stole second, the infield was drawn in for Alex Harris.

Harris chopped one to short and Kirk Morgan mishandled it, bringing LaFleur home with the tying run.

A perfectly placed bunt single by Donkin would plate Stewart, Harris would score on a base hit from designated hitter Lane Paul, and Edwards would ground into a fielder’s choice, scoring Donkin with the sixth and final run of the game for the Dogs.

Ryan Domingue would pitch the final two innings for the SwampDogs, putting the finishing touches on the victory.

Schiltz got the win and improves to 1-0, while Hershenow took the loss.  He is 0-1.  Domingue’s save was his first of the season.

The SwampDogs hit the road to take on the Wilmington Sharks tomorrow night at The Shark Tank, and return home Fridy to host the Wilson Tobs.  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 collect 13 hits in loss Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 06:58

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The SwampDogs lost a heartbreaker to the Wilmington Sharks 5-4 Tuesday night.

Despite the loss, the SwampDogs had their best offensive day of this season, pounding out a season-high 13 hits.

Things got started in the third inning for the SwampDogs, when second baseman Jason Blum led off with a beautifully placed bunt hit down the third base line off Sharks starting pitcher John Olczak.  Blum then stole second and went to third when left fielder Alex Harris singled.

After right fielder Norm Donkin struck out for the second out of the inning, designated hitter Lane Paul dumped a single into right field plating Blum and Harris with the first two runs of the game.

A Blum sacrifice fly in the sixth would plate catcher Jacob Whiting, while a wild pitch would bring home Norm Donkin in the seventh after he tripled.

Blum would finish the game 4-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  He also added three stolen bases.

On the defensive side of the ball, starting pitcher Rayne Raven was in the zone.  He set down the first 11 batters to face him, and didn’t allow a single hit until the seventh inning.  This marked the second consecutive start that Raven took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, tossing 5.2 innings of no-hit ball against Morehead City on May 28th.

Raven would strike out 10 batters in his seven innings of work, allowing just one run on two hits.

Ben Dartnell would come in to pitch the eighth inning, and worked 0.1 innings, allowing 2 hits and 3 runs before being pulled in favor of Deshorn Lake, who came in with the tying run on second base.

Lake allowed a hit to right fielder Nathan Becker to score the tying run, a hit to second baseman Sam Foy, then uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners up to second and third with one out.  He then struck out third baseman Hunter Smith, before unleashing another wild pitch which brought in Becker with the go-ahead run.

Kyler Stout came on to try and get the save for the Sharks, and worked around a hit batsman to shut the door.

The losing pitcher for the SwampDogs was Lake, who falls to 0-1, Kevin Husum got the win for the Sharks.

The Dogs are back at it Wednesday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium to host the Morehead City Marlins 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 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.

 
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