Local ballplayers earn spots on Coastal Plain League All-Star Team

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Wilmington baseball players Sam Foy (New Hanover) and Chance Shepard (Ashley) have been selected to take part in the 17th Annual Coastal Plain League (CPL) All-Star Game and weekend in Florence, South Carolina, July 12-13 at Sparrow Stadium.

Players in the summer collegiate baseball league are separated by division and will be competing in front of a large contingency of scouts and fans.

The Coastal Plain League will hold its annual All-Star Game in Florence, S.C. Photo courtesy- Coastal Plain League.
The Coastal Plain League will hold its annual All-Star Game in Florence, South Carolina. Photo courtesy Coastal Plain League.

For the second straight year, the CPL turned to its fans to select their favorite of five candidates for the East and West All-Star teams, respectively. The fan response saw more than 150,000 votes cast in a 24-hour period, according to league officials.

Foy is one of three Wilmington Sharks to make the East All-Stars as the rising senior from Davidson College is hitting .310 in 25 games played and 100 at-bats. He has six doubles, 15 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Matt Vogel and Alex Destino will join Foy as the trio from the Wilmington ballclub.

Shepard has made 21 starts for the Edenton Steamers. The power hitter is batting .295, with five doubles, four homeruns and 18 runs batted in. He has a .513 slugging percentage in 78 at-bats. Shepard will join Foy on the East as he prepares for his senior season at N.C. State

Starting pitchers for the game will be Trevor Gay (HP-Thomasville) of Charlotte for the West, and Zach Prendergast (Edenton) of Seton Hall for the East.

In addition to the All-Star game, the Florence RedWolves and Coastal Plain League will host a fan fest with live entertainment and home run derby on the night of Sunday, July 12. Home Run Derby contestants will be announced early next week.

The East versus West All-Star Game will take place the following night on Monday, July 13. Full rosters are available at www.coastalplain.com.