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Staff records another double digit strikeout game Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:41

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.- The SwampDogs dropped an exibition game to the Catawba Valley Stars 8-1 Wednesday night.

Clayton Freimuth got the start and went the first 3.0+ innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, walking two and striking out two.  He was relieved with no outs in the fourth by Will Bacon, who struck out four and didn't allow a hit in two innings of work.  SwampDogs pitchers would strike out 11 Stars on the night.

The offense couldn't find the gaps making solid contact, but often finding the balls either heading right for Stars gloves, or having highlight reel-caliber catches made against them.

They finally did crack through with a run in the sixth inning, whend Chase Edwards singled, then advanced to secod and third on two Sam Larson wild pitches.  He would eventually come into score on an infield single by Brandon Metoyer.

The Stars would add insurance runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth against four different SwampDogs relievers, and would cruise to the victory.

The winner was Matt Pope, Clayton Freimuth took the loss.

The 'Dogs will be back at it Thursday night as they finish off their three game homestand against the Martinsville Mustangs 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.

 
Trio of SwampDogs named to CPL Select Team Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:02

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Coastal Plain League has announced the members of the CPL Select Team, which will square off against USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team on Sunday, June 22nd at USA Baseball's training facility in Cary, N.C.

Three members of the SwampDogs were selected to play on this elite team of the CPL's best talent.

Outfielder Norm Donkin leads the SwampDogs in all three triple-crown categories entering Wednesday's action.  The junior from  the University of Delaware is hitting .378 - fourth in the CPL - with two home runs and 11 RBIs, and has two outfield assists.

Infielder Jason Blum was named to the team as well.  Blum leads the 'Dogs in on-base percentage (.414) and has played a terriffic defense at second base, third base and shortstop this season.  Blum was named a 2014 Preseason Rawlings All-American at Southeast Missouri before his junior campaign.

Freshman first baseman David Palenzuela will also get a nod to join the prestigious Select Team.  Palenzuela has been a steady contributor with the bat and glove for the SwampDogs since arriving from Miami Dade.  He cracked a 2-run walkoff home run against the Wilmington Sharks in the 12th inning of the game on June 10th.

"It's an honor to have these guys represent the CPL and Fayetteville at this game," said SwampDogs manager David Tufo.  "All three of them are deserving of this honor and I know they will make the league and organization proud."

While the CPL has welcomed the USA Collegiate National Team into its ballparks since 2006, this will be the first year a CPL Select Team will have the chance to face off against the best collegiate players in the nation.

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.

 
Pitching dominates as SwampDogs win 4-3 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:17

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - When SwampDogs starting pitcher Jordy Farthing struck out four batters in the first inning, you could sense it was going to be a special night at The Swamp.  The SwampDogs pitching staff combinded to strike out 18 Wilmington Sharks batters en route to a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Farthing was magnificent, going 5.2 innings, striking out 12 batters while walking none and allowing three unearned runs.  The 12 strikeouts for Farthing are the most by a single pitcher in the Coastal Plain League this season, the previous high was 11 by Gastonia's Jared Cheek.  As a staff, the SwampDogs ammassed 18 strikeouts, setting another CPL season high for strikeouts in one game by a team.

The scoring got going in the bottom of the third, when David LaFleur reached on an infield single, then came around to score when Jacob Whiting grounded a base hit past Sam Foy for an RBI single.

The 'Dogs would tack on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Norm Donkin led off and reached on an error by Joe DeVito, then stole second base.  Brandon Metoyer walked with one out, then Metoyer and Donkin executed a double steal.  John Parke unleashed a wild pitch to Alex Harris which allowed Donkin to score, and Metoyer to take third. Harris eventuallywalked to put runners on first and third, then Tyler Coolbaugh placed a perfect drag bunt between the mound and first base to reach on a bunt single and bring home a run.

Harris showed a good heads-up play going first to third on the bunt, and would come in and score on David LaFleur's sacrifice fly.

The Sharks would chase Farthing after he allowed three unearned runs in the sixth, before going down quietly in the seventh, eighth and ninth at the hands of Hunter Barnett and Nick Hartman.

Farthing was made a winner for the first time this season, and is now 1-2 with a 1.57 ERA, while Parke gets tagged with the loss, falling to 0-1.  Hartman was credited with a save, his first on the season.

The SwampDogs are right back at it tomorrow night at J.P. Riddle Stadium, squaring off against the Catawba Valley Stars 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.comand follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

 
The game is on! Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:44
The SwampDogs' matchup with the Wilmington Sharks is on for tonight.  There is some weather in Fayetteville, but the radar indicates that the cell will miss us here at J.P. Riddle Stadium, and we will proceed as scheduled.
 
Schiltz shines in quality start Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:39

EDENTON, N.C. – Don’t be fooled by the final score: it was a classic pitcher’s duel for a majority of Monday night at Historic Hicks Field, as the Fayetteville SwampDogs dropped a tough contest to the Edenton Steamers 7-2.

SwampDogs starter Bennett Schiltz and Steamers starter Jeff Stoddard traded zeroes through the first five frames, with Stoddard retiring the first 12 batters he faced.

The Steamers were the first team to crack the run column, when they scored in the bottom of the sixth.  Leadoff batter Jake Placzek reached on an error, then was sacrificed over by Ryan Raslowsky.  Stefan Kancylarz advanced Placzek to third on a groundout to Jason Blum at second base.  Blum made a terrific play to dive after Kancylarz’s groundball and make the out.

But the next batter, Orlando Olivera, would line a base hit into center to bring home Placzek with the first run of the game.

In the next frame, the SwampDogs would come back and even the score when Norm Donkin cracked his second home run of the season.  Donkin appeared to have been hit on the foot by a pitch by Stoddard, but home plate umpire John Durante did not agree.  Two pitches later, Donkin hit a shot that cleared the high wall in left field to tie the game at one.

The Steamers wouldn’t waste much time retaking the lead, as Bennett Schiltz walked Evan Rodgers, then after he stole second and third Schiltz hit Grant Tyndall with a pitch.  That would be the last pitch Schiltz would throw, as he was replaced by Seth Laigast.

Laigast was greeted rudely by Placzek, who lined a single into center to bring home Rodgers with the go-ahead run.  Tyndall went first to third on the play, and would come into score later in the inning when Laigast uncorked a wild pitch. Both of the runs were charged to Schiltz.

Schiltz’s final line for the game did not accurately reflect how well he pitched.  He went 6.2 innings, allowed just three hits, walked two, struck out a season-high nine, but allowed three runs, though just two of them were earned.

The ‘Dogs would threaten to score in the top of the eighth, getting the leadoff man on base in the form of a walk to Sam Hall, who was pinch hitting for Rayne Raven.  After pinch hitter Palmer Page lined to third and Chase Edwards took a called third strike, Alex Harris singled to left.  Reliever Caleb Ross was then removed from the game in favor of Zach Eden, who struck out Jason Blum to end the threat.

The eighth inning would be the SwampDogs’ undoing.  Laigast remained in the game and promptly surrendered a single to Olivera before walking Nick Kranick.  Manager David Tufo then removed Laigast from the game and brought in Ryan Domingue, who hit Trooper Reynolds to load the bases with nobody out.  Up next was Rodgers who cracked a grand slam over the wall in left to make it 7-1 Steamers.  Domingue would settle down and retire the side.

In the ninth inning, Alex Westrick was in to pitch for the Steamers.  With one out, David Palenzuela was hit by a pitch then took second and third bases on two wild pitches, then Norm Donkin walked.  Lane Paul grounded a single into left to bring home Palenzuela.  The hit for Paul extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games, and his reached-base streak to 16 games.

Sam Hall was up next and drew a walk, and the bases were loaded, but the SwampDogs were unable to bring home any more runs.

Schiltz took the extreme hard-luck loss for the SwampDogs, and now has fallen to 1-1, while Stoddard got the win and moves to 2-0.

The SwampDogs return home to begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday with a matchup against the Wilmington Sharks at 7:05 pm.  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.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

Joe Vasile/Fayetteville SwampDogs

 
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