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 Keith Ritsche
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 have made the CPL playoffs four of the past five seasons, just missing out in 2014 by virtue of a tie-breaker. 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. In 2014, outfielder Anthony Marks of Charleston Southern was a first-team All-CPL selection and second baseman Connor Owings landed a berth on the second team. Keith Ritsche, an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State University, a Division II institution that plays in the CIAA, became the team's field manager just prior to the 2014 season and plans to return for a second season in 2015. The Copperheads went 26-29 in 2014. Asheboro hosted the CPL Petitt Cup tournament in 2006 and the league's all-star game in 2008. McCrary Park has also been the site of the American Legion Southeast Regional baseball tournament since 2013 and is scheduled to host the event again in both 2015 and 2016.

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