|Steamers Sustain Success in 15th Season|
|Written by Chip Pruden, GM|
|Tuesday, 14 August 2012 20:50|
EDENTON, NC – The Edenton Steamers celebrated their 15th year as members of the Coastal Plain League with another outstanding season. They tied or broke 10 franchise records, received the CPL Rawlings Hitter of the Week selection three times, sent a league-high six players to the All-Star festivities, clinched both first- and second-half East Division titles and earned the number-one seed for the Petitt Cup Playoffs.
As a team the Steamers set new standards in home runs with 44, slugging average at .423, OPS at .791 and their 100 doubles tied their franchise mark from 2010. The Steamers increased their CPL-leading streak to nine straight years with a winning record and a playoff appearance.
Michael Camporeale, a junior outfielder from the University of Washington, led the way for the Steamers offensively. He set new team marks in slugging average at .623 and doubles in a season, finishing as the league leader with 19. Camporeale also led the league in RBIs with 42, total bases with 101 and tied for the lead in home runs with nine. He was named to the 2012 National All-Star team and was also the first of three Steamers to be named the CPL Rawlings Hitter of the Week when he earned the selection for week three of action.
Koby Kraemer, a redshirt-junior infielder from Indiana State University, set a new franchise OPS record for the Steamers in 2012, finishing at 1.050. He also ended second in the league in batting average at .371 with 46 hits, nine doubles and six home runs. He scored 26 times and drove in 24, to go along with 19 walks and a team-leading .461 on-base percentage on the way to being named to the 2012 National All-Star team.
Madison Beaird, a junior outfielder from Arkansas Tech University, broke the franchise mark for assists by an outfielder, throwing 11 men out on the base paths. In 41 games for Edenton he hit .280 and contributed seven doubles, 14 RBIs, 21 runs and 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts. At season’s end, Beaird was honored as the third annual recipient of the Goodman Glove Award, given to the most outstanding Steamer defender throughout the season.
Jordan Egan, a junior right-handed pitcher from Norfolk State University (VA), improved on his impressive 2011 season by tying the franchise record and finishing with the league lead for saves with 15. Egan ranked second in the league in appearances and sported a 1.93 ERA in 28 innings pitched; he also became just the second two-time All-Star in Steamer history when he was named to the 2012 National All-Star team. Following the regular season, Egan was honored with the Gieseke Gold Award, given to the most outstanding Edenton player and communitarian throughout the season.
Jason Kanzler, a junior outfielder from the University at Buffalo, finished his 2012 summer as the team leader with 56 hits and tied for the league lead in runs scored with 38, second in the league in triples with four, home runs with eight, total bases with 95 and fourth in the league in stolen bases with 21. Kanzler was the CPL Rawlings Hitter of the Week for week five of action and named to the 2012 National All-Star team.
Wes Meadows, a junior catcher from Otterbein University (OH), closed the season batting .302 in 45 games for Edenton. He logged substantial time behind the plate, as well as in the infield for the Steamers down the stretch and he finished third on the team with 49 hits and second in doubles with 12. He hit five home runs and drove in 26 while also scoring 26 times. Meadows earned the CPL Rawlings Hitter of the Week award for week seven of action and was the inaugural winner of the Katy Ebersole Sportsmanship Award, given to the player who most exemplifies the “heart and soul” of the Steamers.
Along the way Edenton had six All-Star selections from its 2012 squad, as well as its head coach Steve Moritz, who was chosen to lead the National side for the game played in Wilson, NC. Along with Camporeale, Kraemer, Kanzler and Egan, Spencer Branigan and Matt Duncan were the Steamers 2012 All-Star selections.
Edenton made quick work of the competition on its way to winning both half-division titles, finishing the 2012 first half with a record of 18-8. The Steamers showed their consistency throughout the second half of the season, being ranked in the top 30 in the nation of summer collegiate teams according to Perfect Game CrossChecker all summer and spending four straight weeks in the top ten. They finished the second half of the season with an 18-9 record and once again clinched the East Division half title. The Steamers overall record of 36-17 earned them the top seed heading into the CPL Petitt Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row. By clinching the first and second half division titles in 2012, Edenton has now won four half-division titles in a row dating back to 2011 and have 13 in franchise history.
The Edenton Steamers are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, 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. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 53 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).
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