Updated July 17 2006
Jason Morales of Fayetteville Wins 2006 CPL All-Star Home Run Derby
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Fayetteville's Jason Morales (UNC-Pembroke) took home the 2006 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game Home Run Derby crown Monday night at J.P. Riddle Stadium.
Morales tied Martinsville's Matt Leake in the Championship round…each batter hitting six homers in that round to force an overtime period. In the overtime, both Leake and Morales had three outs and after Leake didn't connect on one, Morales only needed one to win and drove a ball deep to left-center field for the win.
There were 16 batters, eight for the National and eight for the American. Batters were given eight (8) outs in all three rounds, with the top three batters per club advancing to the second round. Then the top two hitters, Leake and Morales, advanced to the Championship round.
Here's the breakdown by round:
Matt Leake (Martinsville - 4 homers for 12 points)
Jerry Sands (Spartanburg - 3 homers for 9 points)
Bucky Strickland (Edenton - 3 homers for 9 points)
Keion Graves (Spartanburg - 1 homer for 3 points)
Zach Brown (Thomasville), Brendon Hitchcock (Edenton), Hans Stancil (Martinsville), and Jimmy Gallagher (Peninsula) all had no home runs.
C.J. Ziegler (Asheboro - 8 homers for 24 points)
Jason Morales (Fayetteville - 5 homers for 15 points)
Charlie Gamble (Fayetteville - 2 homers for 6 points)
Trent Ashcraft (Florence - 2 homers for 6 points)
Ricky Owens (Florence - 1 homer for 3 points)
Jeff Cunningham (Fayetteville - 1 homer for 3 points)
Wilson Boyd (Thomasville) and Kyle Enders (Gastonia) both had no home runs.
Leake (Martinsville - 9 homers for 27 points)
Sands (Spartanburg - 5 homers for 15 points)
Strickland (0 home runs)
Morales (Fayetteville - 5 homers for 15 points)
Ziegler (Asheboro - 4 homers for 12 points)
Gamble (Fayetteville - 2 homers for 6 points)
Ashcraft (Florence - 1 homer for 3 points)
Leake (Martinsville - 6 homers for 18 points)
Morales (Fayetteville - 6 homers for 18 points)
Overtime Championship Round:
Morales (Fayetteville - 1 homer for 3 points) - winner
Leake (Martinsville - 0 home runs)
The Coastal Plain League is the nations hottest summer collegiate baseball league, now in its 10th season. Featuring 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the CPL is certified by Major League Baseball, and gives college players the chance to refine their skills with wooden bats during the summer months. 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 www.coastalplain.com.