Coastal Plain League

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Coastal Plain League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1997
No. of teams 15
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) Peninsula Pilots (2014)
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 recruited 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 fourteen teams across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The most recent league movement includes the expansion Holly Springs Salamanders beginning play in 2015. Rumors have also surfaced that the Outer Banks Daredevils may be making a return to the league in the near future.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

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 experienced 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.[3]

Past Champions[edit]

Petitt Cup Years[edit]

Year Pettit Cup Winner Runner-Up Series Result East Division winner West Division winner
2014 Peninsula Florence 2 games to 1 Peninsula Florence
2013 Peninsula Columbia 2 games to 0 Edenton Asheboro
2012 Columbia Fayetteville 2 games to 1 Edenton Forest City
Year Pettit Cup Winner Runner-Up Series Result North Division winner South Division winner West Division winner
2011 Gastonia Edenton 2 games to 1 Edenton Fayetteville Thomasville
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[edit]

Year Winner Runner-Up Series Result North Division winner South Division winner
2001 Durham[4] 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[edit]

Coastal Plain League
East Division West Division
Team City Stadium Team City Stadium
Edenton Steamers Edenton, NC Historic Hicks Field Asheboro Copperheads Asheboro, NC McCrary Park
Fayetteville Swampdogs Fayetteville, NC J. P. Riddle Stadium Lexington County Blowfish Lexington County, SC Lexington County Baseball Stadium
Holly Springs Salamanders Holly Springs, NC North Main Athletic Complex Florence Red Wolves Florence, SC American Legion Field
Morehead City Marlins Morehead City, NC O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Forest City Owls Forest City, NC McNair Field
Peninsula Pilots Hampton, VA War Memorial Stadium Gastonia Grizzlies Gastonia, NC Buddy Lewis Field at Sims Legion Park
Petersburg Generals Petersburg, VA Petersburg Sports Complex High Point-Thomasville HiToms Thomasville, NC Historic Finch Field
Wilmington Sharks Wilmington, NC Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium Martinsville Mustangs Martinsville, VA Hooker Field
Wilson Tobs Wilson, NC Fleming Stadium

Former Teams[edit]

  • 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)
  • Outer Banks Daredevils (1997–2011)
  • Rocky Mount Rockfish (1997–98)
  • Spartanburg Stingers (2003–07, moved to Forest City)

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