Egan, Beaird Earn End of Season Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chip Pruden, GM   
Friday, 03 August 2012 19:36

EDENTON, NC – The Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League announce today that Jordan Egan has been selected as the 2012 Gieseke Gold Award winner as the most outstanding Steamer and Madison Beaird is the 2012 Goodman Glove Award winner for defensive excellence this season.

Egan, a returner in 2012, is a junior right-handed pitcher at Norfolk State University (VA) and has served as the closer for the Steamers this summer. Egan has tied the Steamers franchise record for saves in a season with 15 and currently leads the CPL. He is 2-2 with a team-leading 26 appearances and has the lowest ERA of all relief pitchers on the Steamers this season at 2.05. In Egan’s 26.1 innings on the mound, he has allowed only six earned runs and 16 hits, adding 32 strikeouts and has held opposing hitters to a .176 batting average against.  This year Egan backed up his stellar 2011 season in the teal and black with an encore performance, being selected as a CPL All-Star for the second consecutive season and is only the second Steamer to be selected twice as an All-Star.

Beaird, a junior outfielder at Arkansas Tech University, set a Steamers franchise record with 11 outfield assists this season, shattering the previous record of eight by Justin Newman in 2004. Beaird has been a regular outfielder all summer, mostly in right field for the Steamers. He has committed only two errors in 39 games and has 48 outfield putouts, good for second on the team. Beaird finished up his 2012 summer batting .280 in 41 games. He added seven doubles, and 14 RBIs. His 42 hits were fifth on the team and his 21 walks were good for third on the Steamers. He stole 12 bags in 14 attempts as well.

The two awards were presented to both players in a pre-game ceremony at Historic Hicks Field prior to the last regular season home game on Tuesday, July 31st. The surviving members of both Livy Goodman’s and Gayle Gieseke’s families were the honorary presenters of the award.

The Gieseke Gold Award is given to the most outstanding Steamer at season’s end based on performance and communitarian distinction throughout the year. Gayle Gieseke joined the Steamers’ team of host families prior to the 2003 season and she served as a host mom from 2003 until 2005 and became a member of the board of directors in 2004, accepting the job of treasurer and bookkeeper for the organization. She also generously donated her time, working in the Steamers’ office several days a week coordinating the host family effort and scheduling postgame meals for the players at Hicks Field.

Livy Goodman was a mainstay for the franchise, serving on the Steamers Board of Directors from 1999 until 2009. Throughout his 11-year tenure on the board of directors, Livy worked in many different roles. When he was a member of the executive committee he created the "Clambake" and became its annual organizer. Throughout the years Livy was able to attract such baseball celebrities as Steve Garvey, Tommy John and Bob Feller to come to Edenton and talk to guests and members of the organization at the popular fundraiser.

The Edenton Steamers are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 53 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).