|Edenton's Moritz Named 2012 CPL Coach of the Year|
|Written by Chip Pruden, GM|
|Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:54|
HOLLY SPRINGS, NC - The Coastal Plain League announced today that Edenton Steamers head coach Steve Moritz has been named the CPL Coach of the Year following the completion of the 2012 season.
Moritz led the Steamers to a league best 36-17 regular season record and earned Edenton the top ranking in the 2012 Petitt Cup Playoffs. The Steamers swept Martinsville in the first round before falling to eventual champion Columbia in the semifinals. Overall, Edenton finished with a 38-19 record, with the 38 wins tying the record for eighth most in CPL history.
The Steamers also won both the first half and second half titles in the East Division - the only CPL team to finish at the top of their division through both halves. Moritz was named the head coach of the 2012 National CPL All-Stars and had six Steamers players (Spencer Branigan, Koby Kraemer, Michael Camporeale, Jason Kanzler, Jordan Egan, and Matt Duncan) join him as All-Stars as well. His National CPL All-Stars also rolled to a 4-1 victory over the American squad. Further, two of those All-Stars - Camporeale and Kanzler - as well as Wes Meadows earned Rawlings CPL Player Hitter of the Week honors during the regular season.
As a team, the Steamers set new franchise records in home runs with 44, slugging average at .423, OPS at .791 and their 100 doubles tied the franchise mark from 2010. Edenton offered a pretty balanced attack as they ranked first in the league in team batting average at .280 (which is also good for the sixth highest team average in CPL history), while also finishing fourth in lowest team ERA at 3.36. Furthermore, the 2012 Steamers ranked second in the CPL history books in highest slugging percentage (.423), third in most home runs (44), fifth in most total bases (735), sixth in both most doubles (100) and highest on-base percentage (.368) and tenth in regular season wins (36).
The Coastal Plain League is 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. Further more,the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 55 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).