Coastal Plain League

Coastal Plain League
Coastal Plain League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1997
No. of teams 15
Country(ies)  United States
Most recent champion(s) Gastonia Grizzlies
Most titles Thomasville Hi-Toms (3)
Official website www.coastalplain.com

The Coastal Plain League (CPL) is a wood-bat collegiate summer league, featuring college players from throughout the nation. The league takes its name from a Class D minor league baseball league which operated in the same area from 1937 to 1952.[1] The modern league was formed with six teams in 1997.[2] The league currently comprises fifteen teams across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The expansion Morehead City Marlins will begin play in 2010.

The 2009 Coastal Plain League champions were the Forest City (NC) Owls. The Owls were also voted as the top collegiate summer team in the country.[3] In 2010, the CPL will feature a three-round playoff system. The 2010 All-Star Game will be in Forest City.

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History

Founding

The league was founded in 1997 by Pete Bock. Bock conceived the idea in the early 1990s while traveling long distances to the Valley Baseball League in Virginia to see his son, Jeff, play summer baseball. Bock, an experiences sports executive, wanted a collegiate summer league closer to his home. He acted on this and the Coastal Plain league began play for the 1997 season.[4]

Past Champions

Petitt Cup Years

Year Pettit Cup Winner Runner-Up Series Result North Division winner South Division winner West Division winner
2010 Forest City Edenton 2 games to 1 Wilson Morehead City Forest City
2009 Forest City Peninsula 2 games to 0 Peninsula Wilson Forest City
2008 Thomasville Florence 7-4 Edenton Florence Thomasville
2007 Thomasville Peninsula 4-3 Edenton Fayetteville Thomasville
2006 Thomasville Peninsula 6-1 Edenton Fayetteville Martinsville
2005 Edenton Florence 9-1 Edenton Fayetteville Spartanburg
2004 Edenton Outer Banks 13-2 Edenton Wilson Thomasville
2003 Outer Banks Florence 7-2 Petersburg Durham Thomasville
2002 Outer Banks Petersburg 10-6 Outer Banks Wilmington Gastonia

Playoff seedings based on overall record, so division champions listed are based on overall record.

Pre-Petitt Cup

Year Winner Runner-Up Series Result North Division winner South Division winner
2001 Durham[5] Wilson Fayetteville
2000 Petersburg Petersburg Asheboro
Year Winner Runner-Up Series Result First Half winner Second Half winner
1999 Wilmington Outer Banks Wilmington Outer Banks
1998 Wilmington Rocky Mount Rocky Mount Wilmington
1997 Raleigh Wilson 2 games to 0 Raleigh Wilson

Teams

Coastal Plain League
North Division South Division West Division
Team City Stadium Team City Stadium Team City Stadium
Edenton Steamers Edenton, NC Historic Hicks Field Columbia Blowfish Columbia, SC Capital City Stadium Asheboro Copperheads Asheboro, NC McCrary Park
Outer Banks Daredevils Kill Devil Hills, NC First Flight Baseball Complex Fayetteville Swampdogs Fayetteville, NC J. P. Riddle Stadium Forest City Owls Forest City, NC McNair Field
Peninsula Pilots Hampton, VA War Memorial Stadium Florence Red Wolves Florence, SC American Legion Field Gastonia Grizzlies Gastonia, NC Buddy Lewis Field at Sims Legion Park
Petersburg Generals Petersburg, VA Petersburg Sports Complex Morehead City Marlins Morehead City, NC O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Martinsville Mustangs Martinsville, VA Hooker Field
Wilson Tobs Wilson, NC Fleming Stadium Wilmington Sharks Wilmington, NC Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium Thomasville Hi-Toms Thomasville, NC Historic Finch Field

Former Teams

  • Durham Americans (2001–03, formerly Durham Braves)
  • Durham Braves (1997–2000, renamed Durham Americans)
  • New Bern River Rats (2005–07)
  • Raleigh Red Wolves (1997, moved to Florence)
  • Rocky Mount Rockfish (1997–98)
  • Spartanburg Stingers (2003-07, moved to Forest City)

References

  1. ^ Baseball Reference Coastal Plain League History
  2. ^ Keith Parsons, AP Sports, July 18, 2005
  3. ^ 2008 Petitt Cup Tournament
  4. ^ Today’s CPL at coastalplain.com, URL accessed November 24, 2009. Archived 11/24/09
  5. ^ http://www.researchtriangle.org/pages.php?page1=52&page2=106&page3=115&page_id=115

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