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Batts Earns CPL Player of the Week Honors


RALEIGH, N.C. - The Coastal Plain League announced Tuesday that Edenton's Randy Schwartz and Stephen Batts of Wilmington were named the Rawlings Co-Hitters of the Week, while Martinsville's Mark Carey and Kevin Crum of Spartanburg were honored as Rawlings Co-Pitchers of the Week for week five of action (July 2-8.

Schwartz, a junior from High Point, started all six games for the Steamers, finishing with an impressive .517 average. Of his league-best 15 hits, two were doubles and another pair were home runs, helping him to rack up six RBIs and seven runs scored. Furthermore, Schwartz finished with an impressive 23 total bases, another league-best on the week, while also sporting a .793 slugging percentage and .517 on-base percentage.

Meanwhile, Batts, a redshirt sophomore from East Carolina, featured a .474 batting average in five games started for the Sharks. He tallied nine hits, including a pair of doubles and one homer to go with four RBIs and five runs scored. Batts also notched 14 total bases, while notching a .737 slugging percentage and a .450 on-base percentage to go with one stolen base.

On the mound, Carey made three appearances for the Mustangs, going 10 complete innings. In that time, the 6-2, 205-pound junior righthander from Central Missouri surrendered only two hits to earn a 1-0 record and a perfect 0.00 ERA. Carey only walked three and struck out a league-best 20.

Elsewhere, Crum, a sophomore from Virginia Military Institute, appeared on the mound two times for the Stingers and came away with a pair of saves. The 6-1, 175-pound righty pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless baseball and struck out two for a perfect 0.00 ERA.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league, now in its 11th season. Featuring 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the CPL is certified by Major League Baseball, and gives college players the chance to refine their skills with wooden bats during the summer months. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.


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