Menu Content/Inhalt

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events currently scheduled.
Home Sharks

Coastal Plain League Releases 2014 Schedule Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:33

The Coastal Plain League announced today its schedule for the 2014 summer season. Celebrating its eighteenth season in 2013, the CPL will again feature 14 teams across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The regular season starts on Tuesday, May 27 and runs through Monday, August 4. The league’s annual All-Star Fan Fest and All-Star Game will be on July 13 and 14. The location of the 2014 CPL All-Star Game will be announced in the coming weeks.

The league will be split into two divisions - East and West - with seven teams in each. The East will be made up of the Edenton Steamers, Fayetteville SwampDogs, Morehead City Marlins, Peninsula Pilots, Petersburg Generals, Wilmington Sharks and Wilson Tobs. Meanwhile, the West will feature the Asheboro Copperheads, Columbia Blowfish, Florence RedWolves, Forest City Owls, Gastonia Grizzlies, Martinsville Mustangs and Thomasville HiToms.

All together, each team will play a 56-game regular season schedule, with 28 games per club in the first half and another 28 in the second half. Like in years past, the schedule will have a large concentration on divisional games but will also feature an unbalanced look.

The Petitt Cup Playoffs will again consist of three rounds beginning on August 6 and running through August 16. In all, eight CPL teams (four in the East and four in the West) will make the postseason, including the first half and second half champions for both divisions, with the remaining teams qualifying as at-large bids. Each series through all three rounds will be a best-of-three series. The lower seed (i.e. seeds 3 & 4 in each division) in each series will host game one, while the higher seed (i.e. seeds 1 & 2 in each division) will host game two and three (if necessary) in each round.

The two teams surviving round one in each division will play for the East and West Division Championships, with the two division winners battling it out in the Petitt Cup Championship Series with the same rules applying as in the second round. The team winning two games in this series will be crowned the 2014 Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup Champion.

About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPLfeatures 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. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

 

 
Sharks Season Came to an End on Friday Night Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 August 2013 21:58

Hampton, Va. – The Peninsula Pilots (35-23) won the decisive game three in the First Round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs over the Wilmington Sharks (32-25) 8-2 on Friday night as they used a six run seventh inning to propel them to victory and end the Sharks season.

Pat Grady got the Pilots going early in the bottom half of the first inning as he led off with single, his third hit of the series. Jordan Negrini struck again for the Pilots in the same inning as he picked up a single to score Grady and give them an early 1-0 lead.

Brandon Reitano picked up his third hit of the series as he smashed a pitch down the left field line just tucking inside the foul pole for a solo home run in the fifth to give the Pilots a 2-0 lead.

The Sharks fired back and got themselves back into the ballgame in the top half of the seventh as Tyler Slaton singled into left field and then stole second to get into scoring position. Tyler Best put down a sacrifice bunt to move Slaton to third with one out. John Fidanza drew a walk to put runners on the corners and then an infield hit from Zach MacAneney drove in Slaton to make it 2-1. Andrew Amaro tied up the ballgame at 2-2 with a ground out to the right side. The Sharks did have the bases loaded with two outs, but were unable to take the lead.

The Pilots took the lead for good as they had a huge inning in the bottom half of the seventh. Zach Lopes led off with a single and Grady then reached on a fielder’s choice which brought Retiano to plate as he singled to load up the bases with no outs.

With the infield in Alex Close hit a blooper into shallow right field to score Lopes and make it 3-2. Negrini did it again at the plate as he hit a chopper into left field to score two more runs and give him eight RBIs during the series and make it 5-2. Bill Cullen added three insurance runs as hit a three run bomb over the right field fence to make it 8-2 and put the game out of reach for the Sharks and end their 2013 season.

Alex Freedman and Zach MacAneney each picked up two hits during the game for the Sharks as Freedman ended the series with five total hits. Jordan Negrini went 3-3 with three RBIs and finished with a total of eight RBIs in series. Wes McGuire was the winning pitcher as he moved his overall record to 2-1 on the year.

The Wilmington Sharks finished a great season as they have now been to the Petitt Cup Playoffs for three straight seasons and look to build off of this year. The Peninsula Pilots will take on the Edenton Steamers in the Second Round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs as game one is slated for Sunday in Hampton, Va.

 

 

 
Sharks Come Up Just Short in Game Two against Pilots Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 August 2013 20:43

Hampton, Va. – The Peninsula Pilots (34-23) tied up the series 1-1 in the best of three playoff matchup against the Wilmington Sharks (32-24) on Thursday night at home with a 6-2 victory.

The Pilots struck first in the bottom of the first inning as Alex Close picked up his third double of the series to drive in Pat Grady to make it 1-0. Jordan Negrini stayed hot at the plate as he traded places with Close as he picked up his third double of the series and eventually scored on a pass ball to make it 3-0 Pilots after one.

Bill Cullen led off the bottom half of the second inning with a double to get into scoring position and later scored on a Brandon Reitano single to make it 4-0 Pilots after two. The Pilots scored for the third straight inning in the bottom half of the third. Scott Burkett led off with a single and scored on a Cullen triple to make it 5-0 in favor of Peninsula.

The Sharks got on the board in top of the seventh inning as Zach MacAneney and Alex Freedman picked up base hits to put runners on with two outs for Cody Dolan who drove in MacAneney on a double down line to make it 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Negrini picked up his fourth double of the series in the home half of the seventh to score Reitano and make it 6-1 Pilots. John Fidanza hit a ball deep into left center field that dropped in for a double with two outs to score Tyler Best from first to make it 6-2.

The Pilots held on in the top of the ninth to force a game three on Friday night at home. Brandon Vick was the winning pitcher as he improved his record to 4-0 on the year. Brandon Reitano, Bill Cullen and Jordan Negrini each picked two hits on the night for the Pilots. For the Sharks, Cody Dolan and Zach MacAneney each had a multi-hit game.

The Sharks and Pilots will do battle in game three in Hampton, Virginia on Friday night to see which team with advance to the second round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs as the first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

 

 

 

 
Stephens Lifts Sharks in Game One at Home Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 21:39

Wilmington, N.C. – The Wilmington Sharks came from behind on Wednesday night to win game one of the Petitt Cup Playoffs 5-4 over the Peninsula Pilots and take a 1-0 series lead.

The Pilots got the offense going in the top of the first inning as Jordan Negrini picked up a two out two RBI double to give the Pilots a quick 2-0 lead. Josh Silver extended the lead for the Pilots in the top of the third inning as he led off with a line drive home run over the left center field fence to make it 3-0.

The Sharks got back into the ballgame in the bottom half of the third as Andrew Amaro reached safely with two outs on a catcher’s interference. Alex Freedman kept the inning alive with his second hit to put two runners on. The Sharks scored their first run of the game on a Cody Dolan single to make it 3-1. The next batter for the Sharks, Zach Stephens drove in Freedman to make it 3-2 in favor of the Pilots.

The Pilots tacked on a run in the top of the fifth inning on a blooper off the bat of Negrini that fell into shallow left field to make it 4-2.

The Sharks were not done as Dolan led off the eighth with an infield single to bring Stephens to the plate as the game tying run. Stephens had a 1-0 count and hit an off speed pitch left up in the zone off the Sharks front office building in dead center field to tie up the game 4-4 with no outs. The Sharks continued the inning as they loaded the bases with two outs for Andrew Amaro who hit a soft ground ball to Negrini at third who couldn’t make the play which allowed a run to score the and give the Sharks a 5-4 lead.

Hunter Smith came into the ninth and picked up his third save of the year for the Sharks. There were four Sharks with two hits in the game and that included Dolan, Freedman, Amaro, and Stephens who drove in three of the Sharks five runs.

The Wilmington Sharks will go on the road on Thursday night for game two of the three game series against the Peninsula Pilots with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. 

 
Stephens Named Rawlings Hitter of the Week Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:15

zach_stephens_2

Zach Stephens 

 

The Coastal Plain League announced today that Wilmington’s Zach Stephens was named the Rawlings Hitter of the Week, while Chris Orphanos of Forest City was named the Rawlings Pitcher of the Week for week ten of action (July 29-Aug 5).

Stephens, a sophomore out of Tennessee Tech, carried his team to the playoffs in the final week of the regular season batting an impressive .500 in seven games. He knocked in five RBI on 13 total hits, including five doubles and one triple for an overall slugging percentage of .769. The All-Star first baseman has led the team with his bat all season long, ending the season with 29 RBI, six homeruns, and a .303 average.

On the mound, newcomer Orphanos came just one strikeout shy of the league record for strikeouts in a game. The junior from Mount Olive threw a total of 12 1/3 innings without giving up a single earned run and striking out a staggering 21 batters. On July 30, the right-hander dominated Florence, striking out 15 batters on the night in a nine-inning shutout victory for the Owls. A few days later, he was called on in relief against Asheboro and tossed 3 1/3 more innings giving up only three hits and no earned runs while striking out six more batters. Orphanos joined the Owls late in the season but he certainly showed off his stuff in the short time he was here, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA striking out 35 in only 26.2 inning of work.

About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPLfeatures 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. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 64 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (atwww.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

Artlice by Shelby Hilliard

 
«StartPrev12345678910NextEnd»

Page 1 of 75