Coastal Plain League

The Coastal Plain League (CPL) is a wood-bat collegiate summer league, featuring college players recruited from throughout the nation. The league takes its name from a Class D minor league baseball league which operated in the area from 1937 to 1952.[1] The modern league was formed with six teams in 1997.[2] The league has expanded over the years with teams across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia, with the 2018 addition of the Macon Bacon being the most recent addition.[3]

Coastal Plain League
No. of teams16
Country United States
Most recent
Morehead City Marlins (2019)
Most titlesHigh Point-Thomasville HiToms, Edenton Steamers (3)



The league was founded in 1997 by Pete Bock. Bock conceived the idea in the early 1990s while traveling long distances to the Valley Baseball League in Virginia to see his son, Jeff, play summer baseball. Bock, an experienced sports executive, wanted a collegiate summer league closer to his home. He acted on it and the Coastal Plain league began play for the 1997 season.[4]

Past champions

Petitt Cup years

YearPettit Cup WinnerRunner-UpSeries ResultNorth Division winnerSouth Division winnerEast Division winnerWest Division winner
2019 Morehead City Macon 2 games to 1 Wilson Savannah Morehead City Gastonia
2018 Morehead City Thomasville 2 games to 0 Peninsula Savannah Morehead City Thomasville
YearPettit Cup WinnerRunner-UpSeries ResultEast Division winnerWest Division winner
2017 Gastonia Wilmington 2 games to 0 Peninsula Forest City
2016 Savannah Peninsula 2 games to 1 Peninsula Forest City
2015 Edenton Gastonia 2 games to 0 Edenton Asheboro
2014PeninsulaFlorence2 games to 1PeninsulaFlorence
2013PeninsulaColumbia2 games to 0EdentonAsheboro
2012ColumbiaFayetteville2 games to 1EdentonForest City
YearPettit Cup WinnerRunner-UpSeries ResultNorth Division winnerSouth Division winnerWest Division winner
2011GastoniaEdenton2 games to 1EdentonFayettevilleThomasville
2010Forest CityEdenton2 games to 1WilsonMorehead CityForest City
2009Forest CityPeninsula2 games to 0PeninsulaWilsonForest City
2004EdentonOuter Banks13-2EdentonWilsonThomasville
2003Outer BanksFlorence7-2PetersburgDurhamThomasville
2002Outer BanksPetersburg10-6Outer BanksWilmingtonGastonia

Playoff seedings based on overall record, so division champions listed are based on overall record.

Pre-Petitt Cup

YearWinnerRunner-UpSeries ResultNorth Division winnerSouth Division winner
YearWinnerRunner-UpSeries ResultFirst Half winnerSecond Half winner
1999WilmingtonOuter BanksWilmingtonOuter Banks
1998WilmingtonRocky MountRocky MountWilmington
1997RaleighWilson2 games to 0RaleighWilson


Coastal Plain League
Northeast Region Southwest Region
Team City Stadium Team City Stadium
Tri-City Chili Peppers Colonial Heights, VA Shepherd Stadium Asheboro Copperheads Asheboro, NC McCrary Park
Fayetteville SwampDogs Fayetteville, NC J. P. Riddle Stadium Florence RedWolves Florence, SC Sparrow Stadium
Holly Springs Salamanders Holly Springs, NC North Main Athletic Complex Forest City Owls Forest City, NC McNair Field
Martinsville Mustangs Martinsville, VA Hooker Field Gastonia Grizzlies Gastonia, NC Buddy Lewis Field at Sims Legion Park
Morehead City Marlins Morehead City, NC O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium High Point-Thomasville HiToms Thomasville, NC Historic Finch Field
Peninsula Pilots Hampton, VA War Memorial Stadium Lexington County Blowfish Lexington, SC Lexington County Baseball Stadium
Wilmington Sharks Wilmington, NC Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium Macon Bacon Macon, GA Luther Williams Field
Wilson Tobs Wilson, NC Fleming Stadium Savannah Bananas Savannah, GA Grayson Stadium

Former teams


  1. "Coastal Plain League (D) Encyclopedia and History".
  2. Parsons, Keith (July 18, 2005). "CPL not just a Cape Cod imitation". The Daily Advance. Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 12, 2006.
  3. "Coastal Plain League Announces Expansion Into Macon, Georgia For 2018 Season". Coastal Plain League. June 20, 2017. Archived from the original on June 25, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  4. "Today's CPL". Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  5. "RTRP: Sports". Research Triangle Regional Partnership. Archived from the original on May 4, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2010. The Americans have found success in recent years, including a league championship in winning the 2001 Petit Cup (as the Durham Braves).

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