Camporeale Named 2012 CPL Rawlings Hitter of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chip Pruden, GM   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 17:58

HOLLY SPRINGS, NC - The Coastal Plain League announced today that Michael Camporeale (photo courtesy of Pat Grecinger) of the Edenton Steamers has been named the 2012 Rawlings CPL Hitter of the Year.

Campo BattingThe 6-1, 200-pound junior outfielder from Washington was the top hitter on the league’s best offensive team this summer. Camporeale finished the regular season with a .340 average through 42 starts for the Steamers. He featured 55 hits, including 19 doubles and nine home runs, 42 RBIs, 33 runs scored, and 101 total bases. He also slugged .623, walked 11 times, had an on-base percentage of .388 and recorded 11 stolen bases. Camporeale also finished with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on the season.

Overall, Camporeale led the entire CPL in doubles, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, and was tied for first in home runs. Further, he also ranked in the Top 5 in highest batting average on the season. Even more impressive, however, is that his 19 regular season doubles is the third highest single-season mark in league history, while his slugging percentage of .623 is good for fifth place in CPL history.

Camporeale was named the starting left fielder for the National CPL All-Stars this summer. In the postseason, Camporeale batted .214 through four games for the top-seeded Steamers. Two of his three hits were for extra bases as he connected on a double and a homer, and added two RBIs and three runs scored.

Furthermore, he was honored as the Rawlings CPL Hitter of the Week during week three of action. That week, he finished in the Top 5 in almost every offensive category. He batted .429 through eight starts for the Steamers, racking up 12 hits, including a league-best five doubles and three home runs. Further, Camporeale drove in nine RBIs and scored nine runs, while leading the league with 26 total bases and a .929 slugging percentage. He also featured a .448 on-base percentage and was a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

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).