Asheboro Copperheads

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Asheboro Copperheads
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Founded 1999
Home Field McCrary Park
Based in Asheboro, North Carolina
Colors Texas Orange/White
League Coastal Plain League
League Titles None
Field Manager Donnie Wilson
General Manager David Camp

The Asheboro Copperheads are an amateur baseball team playing in the Coastal Plain League. The team plays its home games at McCrary Park in Asheboro, North Carolina.

History[edit]

McCrary Park was built in the late 1940s for the McCrary Eagles, a semi-professional team sponsored by the Acme-McCrary Corporation, which is still in existence today manufacturing women's hosiery products. The Eagles disbanded in the mid-1950s and the park subsequently became the home for the local American Legion Post 45 team and the Asheboro High School Blue Comets. In the spring of 2010, McCrary Park received some significant upgrades, including the installation of a state-of-the-art synthetic infield surface. The Copperheads are the only team in the CPL playing on an artificial surface. The Copperheads first started participating in the Coastal Plain League during the 1999 season and in 2000 reached the CPL championship series but lost to Petersburg. They made the CPL playoffs for the fourth straight season in 2013 and set a franchise record for wins with 35. They were the No. 1 seed from the West Division and won both the first and second half titles. Unfortunately, they were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs by West Division rival Gastonia. The Copperheads swept the league's post-season honors in 2013 by having both the Rawlings Hitter and Pitcher of the Year - outfielder/infielder Luke Tendler of North Carolina A&T and right-hander John Tuttle of Catawba College. Tendler led the CPL in hitting with a .351 average and Tuttle was 9-0 during the regular season with a 0.78 ERA. The team placed seven players on the mid-season CPL West Division all-star team and had eight players on the post-season All-CPL first and second teams. Also, the team earned the league's Organization of the Year Award for the 2013 season. Donnie Wilson, an assistant coach at Cal State-Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA, has been the team's field manager for the past five seasons and plans to return in 2014 for his fifth year. He also spent one year in Asheboro as an assistant coach prior to assuming the head job in 2010. Asheboro hosted the CPL Petitt Cup tournament in 2006 and the league's all-star game in 2008.

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