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Coastal Plain League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1997
No. of teams 15
Country(ies)  United States
Most recent champion(s) Forest City Owls
Most championships 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 is currently comprised of 15 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 host has not yet been determined.

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History

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Founding

The league was founded in 1997 by Pete Bock. Bock conceived the idea in the early 1990's 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

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
Wilmington Sharks Wilmington, NC Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium Thomasville Hi-Toms Thomasville, NC Historic Finch Field
Wilson Tobs Wilson, NC Fleming Stadium

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

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