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Week 1 CPL Players of the Week

Wilmington Sharks Press Release

The Coastal Plain League announced today that Edenton's Ty Barkell was named the 919 Marketing Hitter of the Week, while Joe O'Donnell of Wilmington was named the 919 Marketing Pitcher of the Week for the first week of the 2014 CPL season (May 27-June 1). 

Barkell, a junior at USC Aiken started the season on fire, batting a league leading .476 in five starts for the Steamers. The 6-3 first baseman had three straight multi-hit games to begin the year, contributing to a stout .571 slugging percentage off ten hits, seven RBIs, two doubles, twelve total bases, and a stolen base. Furthermore, he drew two walks and was hit by a pitch to give him a .542 on-base percentage, good for third in the league. His big week has helped Edenton finish the week as the league's only undefeated team, currently sitting at 5-0 on the season.

On the mound, O'Donnell was near perfect for the Wilmington Sharks, making an appearance as both a starter and a reliever in week one. While the N.C. State freshman had eight total innings pitched, the most impressive of those was his seven-inning performance against Morehead City on May 31. The right-hander allowed a single hit in the first inning and did not allow another base runner the rest of his time in the game, retiring 19 straight batters before being removed after seven innings. In total, O'Donnell was 1-0 with a pristine 0.00 ERA, allowing only one hit, zero walks and striking out four, giving him an impressive .040 opponents batting average on the week.

About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 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. Further more, the CPL has had nearly 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

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