The Coastal Plain League announced the 2017 All-CPL Eighth and Second teams, and four Holly Springs Salamanders were among the players honored. Ben Gross was named to the First Team, while Peyton Isaacson, Adam Sisk and Ryan Lefner were all named to the Second Team.
Gross, a junior right-handed pitcher from Princeton, was named a relief pitcher on the First Team. Gross had an ERA of 1.98 over his 27.1 innings of work this summer, making two starts and six relief appearances. He held opponents to a .140 batting average, and only walked seven batters, while striking out 44 batters.
Isaacson, a sophomore catcher from Coastal Carolina, was named a catcher on the Second Team. Isaacson hit .321 in 37 games this season, setting a franchise record with 14 doubles. His 42 hits and 25 RBIs were both tied for third-most on the team.
Sisk, a junior outfielder from James Madison, was named an outfielder on the Second Team. Sisk led the Salamanders in batting average and hits, finishing the summer with a .343 average and 46 hits. He also swiped 11 bases and scored 30 runs, second-best for the team in both categories.
Finally, Lefner, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Saint Louis, was named a relief pitcher on the Second Team. Lefner worked exclusively from the bullpen, making 16 relief appearances this season. He struck out 44 batters in his 32.1 innings of work, tying Gross for the most strikeouts on the team.
These four join Kory Behenna, Brian Miller, J.T. Rogoszewski, Chandler Sanburn, Danny Sheehan, Dillon Stewart and Collin Woody as Salamanders to be named to an All-CPL Team.
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.