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Repeated Rallies Lift SwampDogs to First Victory

Newton's third law of motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The SwampDogs took that idea to heart in Wilmington on Sunday night.

Every time the Sharks scored, the SwampDogs bounced back with at least one run the following inning. When all was said and done, Fayetteville had produced more runs than in their previous two games combined and earned their first win of the season by the score of 10-7.

The SwampDogs' bats got to work right from the start, as three straight hits from Matt Kelly, Natale Monastra and Jay Hayes gave Fayetteville starter Michael Hendricks a 1-0 lead before he even stepped on the mound.

From that point on, it was nothing but action and reaction.

When Wilmington squeaked a run across in the bottom of the second, the SwampDogs came right back with three of their own. An RBI single by Joey Wiemer and a two-run home run by Hayes put Fayetteville ahead 4-1 through two and a half.

The three-run margin would not last long. After the two teams traded runs in the bottom of the third and top of the fourth, Wilmington took advantage of one of the SwampDogs' three errors on the night and snatched the lead away with a four-run fourth inning of their own.

The Fayetteville lineup responded once again, though, with a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth to move ahead 7-6.

After Wilmington again tied it up heading into the eighth inning, the SwampDogs finally pulled away for good on the strength of a Natale Monastra single that scored two.

By the end of the night, the trio of Hayes, Monastra and Wiemer had combined to drive in all 10 of the SwampDogs runs as Fayetteville improved to 1-2.

The SwampDogs and Sharks both head to Fayetteville for the second half of what amounts to a two-game series on Monday night. The Swamp's gates open at 6 p.m. with the first pitch set for 7:05.

 

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