HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - The Coastal Plain League announced today the rosters for the 2014 All-Star game to be held in Morehead City, N.C. July 13-14 at Big Rock Stadium. Charlotte’s Des Roberts was not only selected as an all-star, but will be a starter in the outfield representing the west. This marks the 16th year the CPL has played an all-star game.
Players are separated by division and will be competing in front over a large contingency of scouts as well as fans. Since the game is being played in the Morehead City Marlins home ballpark, the East All-Stars will be the home team while the West All-Stars will serve as the visitors.
Roberts is currently hitting a team-best .358 in 23 games for the Thomasville Hi-Toms with a home run and team-leading 18 RBI. His .358 average currently stands tenth league-wide through the weekend. Roberts’ 29 hits are second on the team along with his 14 walks while his five doubles rank third. Roberts hit .246 for the Niners in 2014 playing in 50 of the 51 games with a home run and 23 runs driven in.
For the first time, the CPL turned to its fans to select their favorite of five candidates for the East and West All-Star teams respectively. The fan response was outstanding as over 3,000 fans voted in a 24-hour period. In the East, Jason Blum (Fayetteville), Justin Novak (Petersburg), Kyle Carroll (Morehead City), Michael Montville (Wilmington), and Sam Tidaback (Peninsula) earned a spot on the final vote ballot. In the West, Rouric Bridgewater (Asheboro), Devin Wenzel (Forest City), JD Crowe (Columbia), Steven Pallares (Forest City), and Jared Allen (HP-Thomasville) were named finalists.
In the East, Morehead City’s Kyle Carroll (Jefferson College) was the leading vote getter with 854 votes. Fayetteville’s Jason Blum (Southeast Missouri State) finished second with 611 votes. Meanwhile, in the West, Asheboro’s Rouric Bridgewater (Grand Canyon) finished with the lead after receiving 566 votes. Columbia’s JD Crowe (Francis Marion) took second with 279 votes.
With their Fan Final Vote selections, Carroll and Bridgewater have earned a spot as 2014 CPL All-Stars. Further, and due to two injuries to selected All-Stars Taylor Nichols (Wilson / Louisiana Tech) in the East and Weston Wilson (HPThomasville / Clemson) in the West; the CPL has decided to reward Blum and Crowe to fill those spots. Thus, Carroll will start at designated hitter/utility player and Blum as his reserve for the East All-Stars; while Bridgewater will go in as the reserve third baseman and Crowe as the reserve designated hitter/utility player for the West All-Stars.
Starting pitchers for the game will be Jared Cheek (Gastonia) of Georgia for the West, and Cal Quantrill (Morehead City) of Stanford for the East.
In addition to the All-Star game, the Morehead City Marlins and Coastal Plain League will host a fan fest with live entertainment and home run derby on the night of Sunday July 13. Home Run Derby contestants will be announced early next week.
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, 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 1,200 alumni drafted and 70 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).