WILSON,NC (CPL Release) -- The National CPL All-Stars took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back, as they rolled to a 4-1 victory over the American CPL All-Stars in the 2012 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game Monday night.
The game was shortened to five complete innings due to rain and time restrictions due to travel.
Martinsville’s John Faircloth (Charleston Southern) led off the bottom of the second with a walk. One out later, he stole second, and then advanced to third on a single to left by Thomasville’s Kyle Brandenburg (High Point). Brandenburg then stole second, and a throwing error by Gastonia catcher David Reid-Foley (Mercer) allowed Faircloth to score, while a fielding error by Fayetteville center fielder Mike Tauchman (Bradley) saw Brandenburg reach third. One out later, Columbia’s Joshua Miller (USC-Aiken) singled down the right-field line to score Brandenburg and make it 2-0 National All-Stars.
In the bottom of the third and Petersburg’s Ryan Parker (Seton Hall) on first, Gastonia’s Tyler White (Western Carolina) connected on an RBI-double to left-center, scoring Parker. Next, Edenton’s Spencer Branigan (Pennsylvania) singled to center, moving White over to third. Then, Asheboro’s Hunter Ridge (UNC Wilmington) hit an RBI-single to right field, scoring White to give the National All-Stars a 4-0 lead.
The American All-Star squad got on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Fayetteville’s Sal Giardina (Lynn) singled through the right side with one out and then advanced to second on a walk by Florence’s J.D. Crowe (Auburn). One out later, Wilmington’s Alex Freedman (Lynn) singled to center, advancing Crowe to third and scoring Giardina to make it 4-1.
After the game, the CPL honored the 2012 Rawlings Coastal Plain League Offensive and Defensive Players of the All-Star Game as voted upon by the media in attendance. White was selected as the Offensive Player of the All-Star Game after going 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Meanwhile, Ridge was named the Defensive Player of the All-Star Game after making three putouts in left, including a spectacular diving grab in the third inning.
Sunday night, Ridge defeated Wilmington’s Aaron Preston (Presbyterian) in the 2012 CPL All-Star Home Run Derby. Ridge connected 11 homers for 33 points to be crowned the champion.
WILSON,NC (CPL Release) -- Asheboro Copperheads All-Star Hunter Ridge (UNC Wilmington / photo courtesy of Pat Grecinger) belted 11 home runs for a total of 33 points to be named the 2012 Rawlings CPL All-Star Home Run Derby Champion Sunday night at Wilson’s Historic Fleming Stadium.
Ridge’s biggest challenger was Wilmington’s Aaron Preston (Presbyterian). Preston entered the final round with five home runs. Giving it a good effort, he was only able to connect on two long balls in the championship round to finish with a total of seven homers (one of which hit with aluminum) for 19 points.
Despite winning before he took a swing in the championship round, Ridge decided to swing away for the fans and both All-Star teams. He connected on three more to round things out.
Below is a complete run down of the 2012 CPL All-Star Home Run Derby:
1) Alex Close (Liberty / Forest City Owls) - 0 homers = 0 pts.
2) Jake Stone (Tennessee Wesleyan / Martinsville Mustangs) - 1 homer = 3 pts.
3) Sal Giardina (Lynn / Fayetteville SwampDogs) - 0 homers = 0 pts.
4) Aaron Preston (Presbyterian / Wilmington Sharks) - 2 homers (with wood) = 6 pts. / 1 homer (with aluminum) = 1 pt.
5) Sal Annunziata (Seton Hall / Morehead City Marlins) - 2 homers = 6 pts.
6) Nathan Chong (Presbyterian / Forest City Owls) - 1 homer = 3 pts.
1) Jason Kanzler (Buffalo / Edenton Steamers) - 1 homer = 3 pts.
2) Greg Harrison (Furman / Thomasville HiToms) - 1 homer = 3 pts.
3) Spencer Branigan (Pennsylvania / Edenton Steamers) - 0 homers = 0 pts.
4) Hunter Ridge (UNC Wilmington / Asheboro Copperheads) - 8 homers = 24 pts.
5) Michael Camporeale (Washington / Edenton Steamers) - 1 homer = 3 pts.
6) Kyle Brandenburg (High Point / Thomasville HiToms) - 0 homers = 0 pts.
1) Aaron Preston (Presbyterian / Wilmington Sharks) - 2 homers = 6 pts. (total of 13 pts.)
2) Sal Annunziata (Seton Hall / Morehead City Marlins) - 1 homer = 3 pts. (total of 9 pts.)
1) Jason Kanzler (Buffalo / Edenton Steamers) - 0 homers = 0 pts. (total of 3 pts.)
2) Greg Harrison (Furman / Thomasville HiToms) - 0 homers = 0 pts. (total of 3 pts.)
3) Hunter Ridge (UNC Wilmington / Asheboro Copperheads) - 0 homers = 0 pts. (total of 24 pts.)
4) Michael Camporeale (Washington / Edenton Steamers) - 1 homer = 3 pts. (total of 6 pts.)
1) Aaron Preston (Wilmington Sharks / Presbyterian) – 2 homers = 6 pts. (total of 19 pts.)
2) Hunter Ridge (Asheboro Copperheads / UNC Wilmington) – 3 homers = 9 pts. (total of 33 pts.)
GREENSBORO, NC (AP) - Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Media members covering the league's media days on Monday selected the Seminoles and Virginia Tech to win their divisions. They have been the preseason divisional picks every year since 2009.
Florida State received 72 of 95 first-place votes in Atlantic Division voting, followed by defending ACC champion Clemson (17), North Carolina State (5), Wake Forest, Boston College and Maryland. The Hokies were picked to win the Coastal Division by 83 voters, followed by Georgia Tech (10), North Carolina (2), Virginia, Miami and Duke.
Florida State was selected by 60 voters to win the overall league title while 18 voters picked Virginia Tech.
Voters also selected Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins as the preseason player of the year.
AP Sports Writer
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