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Coastal Plain League: Cannon-Capps in Fayetteville & McAllister-White in Morehead City

 

 

The Fayetteville Swampdogs made history on June 24th. Their head coach DarrellHandelsman reached his 500 th win as a summer league coach. He became only the 4th summer collegiate coach to reach such an historic mark. Handelsman has managed for 4 different teams and 2 different leagues during his march to the milestone, the fans and players at The Swamp made the moment a special baseball memory for the now legendary coach. The game itself was taken over by the freshman Swampdog CarterCapps. It was Capps 3rd straight complete game where he struck out 10 Columbia Blowfish. Capps is a 6’4 right hander who has been exceptional this summer. In his 35.1 innings he appeared in 8 games, his only 3 starts resulted in complete games. To compliment that accomplishment, Capps has a record of 2-1, 1.53, and 2 saves, 32 strikeouts, and it looks like the freshman has command of the strike zone with only 6 walks. This past spring at Mt. Olive, Capps was just as amazing in his 13 starts. His 10-0 record, 3.06, 6 complete games, (2 of which were shutouts) was more than attention grabbing. He went for 79.1 innings and struck out 63 batters while only walking 12 as he led Mt. Olive to a 1 t place finish in Conference Carolinas with a record of 18-6.



Another freshman playing for Fayettevillethis summer is Jay Cannon. After 90 at bats he’s leading the league with a batting average of .378, he compliments that with 2 homeruns, and 15 RBI’s. He gets on base and drives the ball well, and at Brunswick Community College this past spring, Cannon was impressive hitting .331 in 169 at bats. His power was not huge, but his 5 homeruns and 35 RBI’s did not go unnoticed as he helped lead Brunswick to an 18-16 record in the Carolina Junior College Conference. The Morehead City Marlins lost a hard fought battle for 1st place of the seasons’ first half South Division standings to the Florence Redwolves. The summer does not stop there, and with the Marlins still capacitated to win the 2nd half, they continue with two of the leagues great pitchers. Brad McAllister is a 6’2 right handed sophomore who’s performed more than well for the Marlins so far. In 36.2 innings, McAllister has a record of 4-0, 1.47, 30 strikeouts, only 5 walks, including 3 complete games in 5 starts, and opposing hitters have only hit .194 against him. This past spring at Barry University, McAllister led the team with 67 innings; the hard work pushed him to 54 strikeouts, and only 9 walks. His ERA was high (4.70), and with a 6-4 record there were no fireworks that went along with the season. But, the progress he’s making this summer is the focus, and there has been much to ignite conversation about.

 

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His teammate and fellow pitcher Ben White is also showing why the Marlins were so close to winning the South Division 1 st half title. The 6’2 junior has the knockout punch and keeps hitters away from causing him any serious damage. In 33 innings this summer, White has a record of 2-1, 1.91, with 42 strikeouts. Hitters are only hitting .160 against him, and even though he’s walked 13 batters, there seems to be some calm to the chaos. This past spring against stiff competition at Temple University, White showed much of the same ability to finish what he starts. He completed a team high 4 games in what were the most innings on the team (91.1) while striking out a teams best 94. White’s ERA suffered (5.32), and hitters knocked him around a bit with a .283 batting average against him. But, we would have to take into consideration the aluminum bat factor, because this summer those two statistics will not inflate in a similar fashion. As the clash of the Coastal PlainLeague continues into the 2nd half, baseball deepens in communities where this is their biggest show of the summer. The source of baseball is on the American highways, small towns, minor cities, and in the hearts of those who can appreciate a game where the developments are not slow, they’re patiently climaxing.

 

By Adrian Nevarez
DFN Sports Staff Writer

 

 


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