|Steamers Earn Accolades|
|Written by Chip Pruden, GM|
|Wednesday, 26 September 2012 18:34|
EDENTON, NC- The Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League announce today that eight members of the 2012 team have received postseason accolades.
Michael Camporeale, a junior outfielder from the University of Washington in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference, was the Steamers leading offensive force this summer. The 6’1”, 200-pounder was the starting left fielder and a middle-of-the-order bat for the club all season long. The Littleton, Colo. native finished second on the team in batting average (.340), set new team marks in slugging (.623) and doubles (19). He finished as the league leader in doubles, RBIs (42), total bases (101) and tied for the lead in home runs with nine en route to winning Coastal Plain League Hitter of the Year. He was an All-Star selection, as well as a CPL Rawlings Hitter of the Week for Edenton. His 2012 accomplishments earned him a Second Team Summer All-American designation by Perfect Game CrossChecker and he was named the 12th-ranked prospect in the CPL by PGC and a CPL postseason First Team All-Star.
Koby Kraemer, an infielder from Indiana State University in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference, set a new franchise OPS mark (1.050) while finishing second in the league with a .371 batting average. Hailing from Terre Haute, Ind., Kraemer also scored 26 times, hit nine doubles, six home runs and he drove in 24. The 5’9”, 180-pounder finished with a .589 slugging average, a .469 on-base average, and went eight-of-nine in stolen bases. At summer’s end he was named a PGC Second Team Summer All-American, the number 16th-ranked prospect in the CPL by PGC and a CPL postseason First Team All-Star.
Travis Huber, a 6’3”, 230-pound right-handed pitcher from the University of Nebraska in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, calls West Jordan, Utah home. The junior pitched in 13 games, all out of the bullpen, for the Steamers this summer. He finished with a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 2.79 in 19.1 innings. He allowed 16 hits, only six earned runs, and he struck out 22 batters before signing with the Minnesota Twins ahead of the deadline as a 23rd-round draft pick. For his work in the CPL this summer PGC ranked him as the seventh-best prospect in the league.
Kevin McCarthy came to Edenton as a 6’2”, 190-pound sophomore right-handed pitcher from Marist College (NY) in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Rockville Centre, N.Y. native made 11 appearances for Edenton over the summer, with nine of them as a starter. In his team leading 52.1 innings pitched, he finished with a record of 1-2 and an ERA of 3.44. He allowed 41 hits, 23 runs and he struck out 37 hitters, holding batters to a .223 batting average against. McCarthy was named the 31st-ranked prospect in the CPL by PGC in their end-of-the-summer rankings.
Jason Kanzler, a junior outfielder from the University at Buffalo (NY) in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference, served as the Steamers center fielder and leadoff man throughout the summer. He stands at 6’0” and 185 pounds and he finished his 2012 summer as the team leader with 56 hits, 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. The Penfield, N.Y. native was the CPL Rawlings Hitter of the Week for week five of action and was named a CPL 2012 mid-season All-Star as well as a CPL postseason First Team All-Star selection.
Jordan Egan, a junior right-handed pitcher from Norfolk State University (VA) in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, improved on his impressive 2011 season by tying the franchise record and finishing with the league lead for saves with 15. The 6’3”, 200-pound, Virginia Beach, Va. native ranked second in the league in appearances (28) and sported a 1.93 ERA in 28 innings pitched. He allowed just 17 hits and six earned runs, adding 33 strikeouts and he held opposing hitters to a .175 batting average against. Egan also became just the second two-time All-Star in Steamer history when he was selected as a CPL 2012 mid-season All-Star. Following the regular season, Egan was honored with the Gieseke Gold Award, given to the most outstanding Edenton player and communitarian throughout the season and was then named a CPL postseason First Team All-Star.
Spencer Branigan was a junior first baseman from the University of Pennsylvania in the NCAA Division I Ivy League. The 6’5”, 235-pound Ross, Calif. native hit .277 in a team-leading 50 games. He added 24 runs, nine doubles and 27 RBIs. Branigan also finished as the team leader in walks with 26 and tied for second in the league with eight home runs. He was recognized as a CPL mid-season All-Star and again as a CPL postseason Second Team All-Star this summer.
Matt Duncan hails from Brownsburg, Ind. and came to the Steamers as a junior right-handed pitcher from Morehead State University (KY) in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference. The 5’10”, 195-pounder led the team in wins and finished with a record of 6-2. In 27 appearances he pitched 35.1 innings and logged a 2.29 ERA. Over that span he allowed 27 hits, nine earned runs and struck out 36, holding opposing hitters to a .206 batting average against. Duncan was recognized both as a CPL mid-season All-Star and a postseason Second Team All-Star.
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 57 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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