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Six players on the Fayetteville SwampDogs will represent the East in the Coastal Plain League All-Star game on Monday, July 8th.

Fayetteville and Edenton lead the league with five position players selected for the weekend festivities.

Derek Gibson will start in the outfield for Monday night’s game. Gibson was the week two hitter of the week after he batted .550 and slugged .650 during that stretch. Gibson finished the first half leading the league with eight sacrifice bunts. He was top three on the team with a .319 batting average (minimum of 20 at bats), 29 hits, six doubles, 12 RBIs, and 12 walks.

John Rooney and Brian Celsi will also represent the SwampDogs in the outfield. Rooney led the team with a .357 average and 12 walks and he knocked in eight runs. Celsi had five doubles, 18 RBIs, and he was second on the team with eight stolen bases after the first half. The Elk Grove, California native batted .448 with runners in scoring position.

Michael Timm will play first base and Chase Rader will be in the middle infield for the All-Star break. Timm batted in the clean up spot for most of the first half and he hit .310 with 12 RBIs, 11 walks, and a team-leading nine stolen bases. Rader had 20 hits and led the team with 18 runs scored and 69 defensive assists. 

Garrett Baugh will take the hill for the East thanks to his team-leading three victories. The Ootlewah, Tennessee native was fourth best in the Coastal Plain League with a 0.93 ERA and he added 21 strikeouts and a complete game.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing 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 63 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 and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.