2017 Coastal Plain League All-Star East and West Team Announced

Updated June 30 2017

The Coastal Plain League announced today the rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game to be held in Holly Springs, N.C. at the North Main Athletic Complex July 9-10. This marks the 19th year the CPL has played an all-star game, with last year’s ending in a 4-3 win by the East All-Stars.

Players are separated by division and will be competing in front of a large contingency of scouts as well as fans. Since the game is being played in the Holly Springs Salamanders home ballpark, the East All-Stars will be the home team while the West All-Stars will serve as the visitors.

For the fourth straight year, the CPL will turn to its fans to select their favorite of five candidates for the East and West All-Star teams respectively. In the East, Anthony Maselli (Edenton / Boston College), Jayson Newman (Fayetteville / Cal State Northridge), Sam Griggs (Peninsula / Southern Indiana), Justin Dean (Wilmington / Lenoir-Rhyne) and Josh Ladowski (Wilson / North Carolina) earned a spot on the final vote ballot. In the West, Clark Brinkman (Asheboro / Creighton), Jackson Mims (Gastonia and Charlotte), Ike Freeman (HP-Thomasville / North Carolina), Zachary Spivey (Lexington County / Bethune-Cookman) and Zach Michalski (Martinsville / NC Central) were named finalists.

The vote will take place starting Monday, July 3 at 12 p.m. (noon) and run through Tuesday, July 4 at 12 p.m. (noon), with an announcement coming later that day.

On the mound to start for the East will be Will Hartsell of Morehead City who was also the starter for the CPL Select Team that beat the USA Collegiate National Team 10-0 earlier this month. The right-hander out of Charleston Southern holds a perfect 0.00 over 20 innings pitched to go along with 28 strikeouts and only three walks for a .186 batting average against.

For the West the starter will be Alec Bivins of Forest City and Mars Hill who holds a 2.42 ERA across three starts for a 3-0 record. The right-hander has struck out 23 while walking only three across 26 innings pitched to help the Owls to the First Half Championship.

The All-Star Event covers July 9-10 at the North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs, N.C. An All-Star Fan Fest with games, vendors, player autographs and more will be available to fans prior to the Home Run Derby on July 9. The CPL All-Star Game will take place on Monday, July 10 starting at 7 p.m.

All-Star Itinerary:

Sunday, July 9
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – All-Star FanFest
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Mascot Kickball Game
7:00 p.m. – All-Star Home Run Derby

Monday, July 10
7:00 p.m. – CPL All-Star Game

For information on tickets please visit www.salamandersbaseball.com or call them at 919-249-7322 today while tickets last.

The game will be broadcast live in over 25 million homes as well as be streamed on MLB.com via the CPL’s partnership with 7 Communications.

The East versus West All-Star Game will take place the following night, Monday July 10, the full rosters can be found below. Starters are noted by asterisks (*) and players that were named all-stars but are unable to attend are marked with a pound sign (#).

Coastal Plain League 2017 East All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr.
C *Jason AgrestiEdenton 6-2 215 BinghamtonJr.
C Drew DelsignorePeninsula 5-10 210 Mercyhurst Jr.
1B *Riley KnudsenWilmington 6-3 200 College of CharlestonJr.
1B Shane ShepardWilson 6-3 220 NC StateJr.
2B *Nick PodkulMorehead City 6’2 195 Notre DameSo.
2B Connor Kopach Edenton 6-0 1870 Southern Illinois RS-Jr.
SS *Austin LaFolletteHolly Springs 6-0 170 UNC WilmingtonRS-Fr.
SS Chandler CorleyMorehead City 5’11 180 Armstrong StateJr.
3B *Jonathan EmbryPeninsula 5-11 185 LibertyRS-Fr.
3B Zach PiazzaHolly Springs 6-1 205 LimestoneSo.
DH/UTL *Matthew SchneiderPeninsula 6-0 195 MercyhurstSo.
DH/UTL Drake McNamaraPeninsula 6-2 210 Southern IndianaJr.
OF *Jamie BattleyEdenton 6-0 195 Illinois-SpringfieldRS-Jr.
OF *Billy WilsonEdenton 6-0 200 Loyola MarymountJr.
OF *Austin EdgetteFayetteville 6’2 180 BloomsburgJr.
OF James GalazinEdenton 6-4 195 St. Johns Jr.
OF Jay RobinsonFayetteville 5-11 195 New OrleansJr.
OF Cory WoodHolly Springs 5-9 170 Coastal CarolinaFr.
OF Luke MorganWilmington 6-3 190 College of CharlestonJr.
LHP *Will HartsellMorehead City 5-11 185 Charleston SouthernJr.
LHP Carmen GiampetruzziEdenton 6-3 220 Boston CollegeJr.
RHP Griffin McLarty Fayetteville 6-3 185 College of CharlestonFr.
LHP Zach NeffFayetteville 6-0 180 Austin PeayJr.
RHP Ben GrossHolly Springs 6-1 210 PrincetonJr.
RHP Collin LiberatorePeninsula 6-4 195 PittsburghRS-So.
LHP Colt HarlowPeninsula 5-10 170 James MadisonJr.
LHP Jonathan Jahn Wilmington 6-0 195 South CarolinaFr.
Coastal Plain League 2017 West All-Star Roster
Position Name Team Ht. Wt. School Yr.
C *Harris YettGastonia 6-0 205 CharlotteRS-So.
C Matthew BeairdFlorence 6-0 195 Coastal CarolinaJr.
1B *Zach JacobsFlorence 6-4 210 Francis MarionSo.
1B LJ TalleySavannah 6-3 210 GeorgiaSo.
2B *Christian HollieSavannah 6-0 190 UT-ArlingtonJr.
2B Devon OrtizAsheboro 6-0 185 USC UpstateRS-So.
2B Derek PerryAsheboro 5-8 200 PfeifferJr.
SS *Masen HibbelerFlorence 6-0 185 TexasSo.
SS Ryan CoxGastonia 6-1 190 KutztownJr.
3B *Carson JonesForest City 5-11 195 LanderSo.
3B Davis SimsMartinsville 6-5 220 Murray StateSo.
DH/UTL *Seth Hoagland Forest City 6-1 205 IonaJr.
DH/UTL John CassalaSavannah 5-10 185 JacksonvilleSo.
OF *Tyler WebbFlorence 6-1 195 MemphisJr.
OF *Connor GrantForest City 6-3 185 North GreenvilleSo.
OF *Logan MattixSavannah 6-0 185 Georgia College Jr.
OF Christopher ChatfieldForest City 6-4 210 South FloridaSo.
OF Nick GuimbardaLexington County 6-0 190 PresbyterianSo.
OF Lee Sponseller/td>Martinsville 5-11 185 Ohio DominicanRS-Jr.
RHP *Alec BivinsForest City 6-3 195 Mars HillJr.
RHP Devin SweetAsheboro 5-10 195 NC CentralJr.
RHP Clay YoungHP-Thomasville 5-11 175 CatawbaJr.
RHP Elliot FordeSavannah 6-1 200 MisericordiaJr.
RHP Joshua Vincent Martinsville 6-3 200 UConn-Avery PointSo.
LHP John Micheal StephensFlorence 6-8 205 New OrleansJr.
LHP Daniel WigginsGastonia 6-2 190 USC-AikenFr.
RHP Jason GoeHP-Thomasville 6-5 230 Morehead StateSo.

Shelby Hilliard