2007 Rawlings CPL Defensive Player of the Year:
Ben Reeser (Illinois) Fayetteville SwampDogs
Reeser, a sophomore from Illinois University and Bloomington, Illinois, made a total of 12 appearances on the mound this summer, starting nine of those for the SwampDogs. Overall, Reeser, a 6-3, 195-pound righthander, finished the summer regular season tied with a league-best 8-0 record and low 1.61 ERA. He also picked up a save in relief. His eight wins on the season is tied for third most in a season in Coastal Plain League history.
In 61 1/3 innings pitched, he allowed only 14 runs - 11 earned - on 45 hits, while walking only 13 and striking out 29. Reeser also featured a 0.95 WHIP on the regular season. Furthermore, Reeser had a complete game shutout on June 13 at Columbia, scattering six Blowfish hits through nine innings and taking a 1-0 decision back home to Fayetteville.
With Reeser on the mound, the SwampDogs won both the South First and Second Half Divisional crowns in 2007 and set a new Coastal Plain League record for most wins in a regular season at 42, three better than the previous record of 39 set by Fayetteville in 2006. Fayetteville also entered the 2007 CPL Petitt Cup Championship Tournament as the top seed, but was eliminated on Saturday by eventual champion Thomasville.
In the 2007 Petitt Cup tournament, Reeser made one appearance, pitching seven complete innings against Wilson and allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five to pick up the win for Fayetteville and advance to Saturday’s action.
Reeser was also a member of the 2007 Coastal Plain League American All-Star Team. In exhibition play, Reeser faced Team Japan on July 2 and pitched masterfully. In seven complete innings, he gave up just one run on four hits, walked one and struck out four as the SwampDogs went on to win 5-4.
2007 Rawlings Pitchers of the Week
Co-Pitchers of the Week (Week 9):
B.J. Dail (North Carolina) Wilson (Week 9)
Chris Gloor (Quinnipiac) New Bern (Week 9)
Tri-Pitchers of the Week (Week 8):
Brett Walker (Virginia Commonwealth) Peninsula (Week 8)
Brad Davidson (Florida Southern) Petersburg (Week 8)
Zach Groh (Binghampton) Edenton (Week 8)
Tri-Pitchers of the Week (Week 7):
Bryant Gaines (North Carolina) Wilmington (Week 7)
Anthony Shawler (Old Dominion) Peninsula (Week 7)
Kevin Crum (VMI) Spartanburg (Week 7)
Tri-Pitchers of the Week (Week 6):
Sean Ray (Auburn) Peninsula (Week 6)
J.P. Primus (North Carolina A&T) Edenton (Week 6)
Brandon Scott (Campbell) Wilson (Week 6)
Co-Pitchers of the Week (Week 5):
Mark Carey (Central Missouri) Martinsville (Week 5)
Kevin Crum (VMI) Spartanburg (Week 5)
Co-Pitchers of the Week (Week 4):
Brian Feekin (Nebraska) Fayetteville (Week 4)
Jusin Lilly (Campbell) Outer Banks (Week 4)
Tri-Pitchers of the Week (Week 3):
Cody Vincent (St. Bonaventure) Asheboro (Week 3)
Britton Horn (Trinity) New Bern (Week 3)
Justin Freeman (Kennesaw State) Edenton (Week 3)
Tri-Pitchers of the Week (Week 2):
Brandon Scott (Campbell) Wilson (Week 2)
Chris Gloor (Quinnipiac) New Bern (Week 2)
Tio McLean (Tusculum College) Petersburg (Week 2)
Co-Pitchers of the Week (Week 1):
Matt Gianini (Central Connecticut State) Martinsville (Week 1)
Aaron Lorio (Louisiana Tech) Thomasville (Week 1)
Additional Individual Power Pitching Performances
Justin Lilly (Campbell) Outer Banks (Week 1):
On the night of June 7, Lilly pitched masterfully on the mound against the visiting Gastonia Grizzlies. Nine innings later, he had the League’s first no-hitter of 2007, going all nine innings, walking none and striking out 15.
Brian Espersen (Mercyhurst) Florence (Week 1):
On the same night, June 7, and only moments later, Espersen pitched himself to the second no-hitter in the CPL on the season. Walking 10, while striking out 12 New Bern batters, Espersen went down in the history books as well with his no-no.
Brad Gemberling (Princeton) New Bern (Week 5):
Gemberling, a 6-2, 205-pound sophomore from Princeton, pitched a complete game shutout for the River Rats against the Wilson Tobs on July 7. The righthander pitched nine complete innings of scoreless baseball, giving up only three hits, no walks, and struck out nine.
Aaron Martin (Illinois) Fayetteville (Week 5):
Martin, a 6-0, 180-pound sophomore from Illinois, pitched a complete game shutout for the SwampDogs against the Petersburg Generals on July 3. The righy went nine complete innings on the mound, surrendering only three hits, while walking two and striking out seven.
Scott Diamond (Binghampton) Martinsville (Week 8):
Diamond, a junior from Binghampton made two appearances on the mound for the Mustangs on the week. In 16 2/3 innings pitched, the 6-3, 210-pound lefty gave up 14 hits, two runs (only one earned), while walking five and striking out 20. Numbers like those helped him to a 2-0 record and 0.54 ERA on the week.