FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs will send three players to the 2015 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game, to be played July 13th at Sparrow Stadium in Florence, S.C.
Sky Overton (Soph./Furman) was selected as a starting outfielder for the East Division team, while Austin Upshaw (Fr./Kennesaw State) will serve as a reserve first baseman. Kodi Whitley (Soph./Mount Olive) was voted to pitch out of the bullpen.
“Sky, Austin, and Kodi have been tremendous for us this summer, and are well deserving of this honor,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “We are very fortunate to be able to have these three outstanding athletes playing for us at ‘The Swamp.’”
Overton has been a spark at the top of the SwampDogs lineup this year, hitting .315 on the season. His nine doubles rank fourth in the Coastal Plain League.
Upshaw has been the SwampDogs most potent power bat in 2015, leading the team in both home runs (3) and runs batted in (16).
Whitley was a rock at the back end of the SwampDogs bullpen, recording a team-leading four wins, with a 2.25 ERA. Whitley played for the SwampDogs in 2014 as well acting as a starting pitcher down the stretch.
This marks the 17th season that the Coastal Plain League has hosted an All-Star Game. Players are separated by division and will be competing in front over a large contingency of scouts as well as fans. Since the game is being played in the Florence RedWolves home ballpark, the West All-Stars will be the home team while the East All-Stars will serve as the visitors.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 10 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 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. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.