Last week, we discussed where multiple Tar Heels stood in terms of continuing their summer seasons. Both the Cape Cod League and the Coastal Plain League are in the midst of their last week of the regular season, and as it currently stands, we know one Tar Heel will get to extend this summer activity, while most will be able to get some time off before school starts back.
On the Cape, Austin Love’s Orleans Firebirds have clinched a spot in the playoffs, it’s just a question of what their seed will be. The Cape uses a point system to seed all the teams, and it’s possible that Orleans could finish first, second, or third in the East. The final seed would affect home field, their opponent, etc. Either way, the Firebirds are guaranteed to play Friday and Saturday, with a third game Sunday if needed. If you want to follow along with their season, you can access their site here, and that’ll take you to the broadcast of the game.
Significantly more Tar Heels are playing in the Coastal Plain League, but all of them playing are aiming to finish first in the second half due to how the CPL does their playoffs. The CPL plays their regular season through Saturday, and a few players still have a chance to qualify. High Point and Forest City are both within spitting distance and have a great shot at taking the crown. Unfortunately for Wilmington, Holly Springs, Lexington, and Martinsville, they are all out of the playoff hunt, so for those Tar Heels this week will be the last organized baseball they see until next spring.
We will check in again next week to see how Orleans is doing in the playoffs, and whether High Point or Forest city were able to make it.
In the meantime, time to check in on the stats of those enjoying their summer playing baseball.
Cape Cod League
Austin Love, Orleans Firebirds
7 App, 4 GS, 20 IP, 2-1, 2.70 ERA, 21 K, 11 BB
Caden O’Brien, Harwich Mariners (Released July 12th)
2 App, 3 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2K, 1 BB
Danny Serretti, Orleans Firebirds (Released July 7th)
11 GP, 34 AB, .206 Avg, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
Coastal Plain League
Clemente Incan, Wilmington Sharks:
31 GP, 101 AB, .198 Avg, 55 HR, 17 RBI, 13 R, 2 SB
Angel Zarate, High Point/Thomasville HiToms
22 GP, 93 AB, .387 Avg, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 24R, 5 SB
Nik Pry, Holy Springs Salamanders
12 App, 3 GS, 36,2 IP, 1-3, 3.68 ERA, 54k
Chris Joyner, Holy Springs Salamanders
10 App, 9 GS, 48.2 IP, 3-3, 4.81 ERA, 47 K
Austin Elliot, Martinsville Mustangs
7 GS, 25.1 IP, 0-4, 8.88 ERA, 33 K
Davis Palermo, Martinsville Mustangs
8 App, 7 GS, 36.2 IP, 2-3, 4.17 ERA, 33K
Will Schroeder, Martinsville Mustangs
19 GP, 51 AB, .137 Avg, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R, 1 SB
Josh Dotson, Forest City Owls
5 GS, 20.1 IP, 2-0, 6.64 ERA, 16 K
Connor Ollio, Forest City Owls
6 App, 5 GS, 32.1 IP, 4-1, 4.18 ERA, 40 K
Bennett Nance, Lexington County Blowfish
12 App, 7 GS, 22.2 IP, 3-0, 4.68 ERA, 36K
Good luck to all the Tar Heels that make the playoffs, and hopefully it won’t just be Austin Love.