Four Steamers named to All-CPL teams
The league announced the teams Tuesday
From staff reports
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
EDENTON — After helping lead the team to a 31-25 regular season record and a trip to the east division final, four Steamers have been named to the 2017 All-Coastal Plain League first and second teams.
Outfielder Billy Wilson and relief pitcher Carmen Giampetruzzi were named to the first team, while infielder Connor Kopach and starting pitcher Nick Wegmann were named to the second team.
The league announced the teams Tuesday as a way to recognize the most outstanding players throughout the 2017 summer season.
Wilson and Kopach were both key contributors to the Steamers’ offense, which finished fourth in the CPL with a combined .273 batting average, led the league with 73 home runs and finished second in the league with 133 steals.
Although the Steamers’ pitching staff finished in the middle of the league, 8th out of 15 teams, with a 4.75 earned run average, Giampetruzzi and Wegmann were bright spots for the pitching staff over the summer.
Wilson was a leader for the Steamers’ offense throughout the season, as he finished at the top of the league with 58 runs scored, 115 total bases and four triples.
Wilson also finished the season with a team-high 41 runs batted in and 13 home runs, as well as stealing 26 bases in 29 attempts.
The junior out of Loyola Marymount University also made some impressive plays in the outfield for Edenton, finishing the year with 68 putouts and just one error.
Giampetruzzi was a key factor on the mound for Edenton late in games this summer, as he finished with a league-high nine saves.
The Boston College junior finished the season with a 3-3 record in 24 appearances, a 3.81 earned run average and 41 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.
Kopach was only with the team for the first half of the season, but his impact on the Steamers’ offense was felt just about every game in the opening half of the season.
The junior from Southern Illinois University finished with a .313 batting average, 27 runs, 21 runs batted in and 16 steals out of the lead-off position for the Clams.
Kopach also played a key role for the Steamers defense in the middle infield, finishing the season with 81 assists and 40 putouts to just eight errors.
Wegmann proved himself as one of the best and most reliable starting pitchers for the Steamers throughout the entire season.
A junior out of Binghamton University, Wegmann finished with a 4-1 record in nine starts, a 2.78 earned run average and led the team with 56 strikeouts and 55 innings pitched.
Wegmann’s 2.78 ERA was the sixth-best in the league among pitchers who threw at least 43 innings throughout the season.