The Coastal Plain League (CPL) announced the 2011 summer baseball schedule for all 15 teams. After a successful inaugural season on the field, the Morehead City Marlins look to defend their South Division crown next summer.
The Marlins open the season in their quest for the Petitt Cup on the road against the Florence RedWolves on Tuesday, May 31st. The following night, the Marlins return home for the first game at Puck O’Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium on Wednesday, June 1st hosting the Asheboro Copperheads, a West Division opponent.
The Marlins will once again play a 56-game schedule, with a large concentration on divisional games. In addition, the schedule will remain a split-format one, with 28 games in the first half and another 28 in the second half.
The Petitt Cup Playoffs will consist of three rounds beginning on August 4th and running through August 14th. The Playoffs will be comprised of three rounds, each featuring best-of-three series. In all, eight CPL teams will make the postseason, including three first half and second half champions, and the remainder entering as at-large bids.
Seeding will be based on overall winning percentage at the end of the season with the team with the best winning percentage earning the top seed and so forth. The lower seed in each series will host game one, while the higher seed will host game two and three (if necessary) in each round.
After the first round, the four remaining teams will match-up based on seeds, so if the top four seeds all advance to the second round, then the series would be No.1 vs. No.4 and No.2 vs. No.3. The two winners of those second round series will advance to the Petitt Cup Championship Series with the same rules applying as in the second round. The team winning two games in this series will be crowned the 2011 Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup Champion.
The Morehead City Marlins are the newest member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League 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. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com.