The Fayetteville SwampDogs took a huge step toward their Petitt Cup Championship dreams, grounding the Pilots 7-6 in Game One of the East Divsion Series Wednesday night at The Swamp.
The game started off as a pitcher’s duel between Jordy Farthing (Mount Olive) and Shawn Clowers, who traded goose eggs through the first two innings. The Pilots would strike first with three runs off of Farthing in the third, thanks to a passed ball by Jacob Whiting (Montevallo) and a wild pitch.
The Dogs would answer right back with two in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 3-2. That’s how the game would progress for a while - the Pilots scored two in the fourth, the SwampDogs scored two in the fourth; the Pilots scored one in the sixth, and the Dogs scored two in the sixth to tie up the game at 6.
In the eighth inning against Pilots reliever Jordan Brooks, the SwampDogs would break through with the go-ahead run after Kam Stewart (Frostburg State) drew a bases loaded walk to plate Brandon Metoyer (Menlo) after Michael Bozarth (Saint Louis) had been intentinally walked to load the bases.
The SwampDogs bullpen would hang on in the ninth to seal the victory and put the team up 1-0 over the Pilots in the EDS.
Bennett Schiltz (Midland) got the win for the SwampDogs while Brooks took the loss for the Pilots. Hunter Barnett (Mount Olive) got the save. Stay tuned to www.goswampdogs.com for the latest information on the 2014 Petitt Cup playoffs.
The Dogs hit the road Thursday to play Game Two in Hampton, with first pitch at 7:05 pm.
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