HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Alec Bivins has been selected as one of the starting pitchers for the 2017 Coastal Plains League All-Star Game. Bivins will be the starting pitcher for the West squad.
Bivins, is a 6-3, 185-pound rising senior from Lawndale, N.C. During the 2017 season for the Lions, Bivins recorded the second most innings pitched on the team (55.2). He had a 4-5 record on the mound with two complete games and a 5.34 ERA. He struck out 41 batters (6.63 avg.) while walking only eight hitters all season.
Mars Hill Head Baseball Coach Aaron Rembert stated, "What a great honor to be named the starter for the West in the CPL All-Star Game. There are some really good arms in the league and it is just a testament to Alec and the work he has put in over the last several years. It doesn't surprise me because the coaches and players see how much work he puts in everyday to get himself ready to pitch. He has turned himself into a great pitcher that definitely belongs on this stage and he has earned it."
The Coastal Plain League announced the rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game to be held in Holly Springs, N.C. at the North Main Athletic Complex July 9-10. This marks the 19th year the CPL has played an all-star game, with last year's ending in a 4-3 win by the East All-Stars.
Players are separated by division and will be competing in front of a large contingency of scouts as well as fans. Since the game is being played in the Holly Springs Salamanders home ballpark, the East All-Stars will be the home team while the West All-Stars will serve as the visitors.
For the fourth straight year, the CPL will turn to its fans to select their favorite of five candidates for the East and West All-Star teams respectively. In the East, Anthony Maselli (Edenton / Boston College), Jayson Newman (Fayetteville / Cal State Northridge), Sam Griggs (Peninsula / Southern Indiana), Justin Dean (Wilmington / Lenoir-Rhyne) and Josh Ladowski (Wilson / North Carolina) earned a spot on the final vote ballot. In the West, Clark Brinkman (Asheboro / Creighton), Jackson Mims (Gastonia and Charlotte), Ike Freeman (HP-Thomasville / North Carolina), Zachary Spivey (Lexington County / Bethune-Cookman) and Zach Michalski (Martinsville / NC Central) were named finalists.
The vote will take place starting Monday, July 3 at 12 p.m. (noon) and run through Tuesday, July 4 at 12 p.m. (noon), with an announcement coming later that day.
On the mound to start for the East will be Will Hartsell of Morehead City who was also the starter for the CPL Select Team that beat the USA Collegiate National Team 10-0 earlier this month. The right-hander out of Charleston Southern holds a perfect 0.00 over 20 innings pitched to go along with 28 strikeouts and only three walks for a .186 batting average against.
For the West the starter will be Alec Bivins of Forest City and Mars Hill University who holds a 2.42 ERA across three starts for a 3-0 record. The right-hander has struck out 23 while walking only three across 26 innings pitched to help the Owls to the First Half Championship.
The All-Star Event covers July 9-10 at the North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs, N.C. An All-Star Fan Fest with games, vendors, player autographs and more will be available to fans prior to the Home Run Derby on July 9. The CPL All-Star Game will take place on Monday, July 10 starting at 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 9
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – All-Star FanFest
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Mascot Kickball Game
7:00 p.m. – All-Star Home Run Derby
Monday, July 10
7:00 p.m. – CPL All-Star Game
For information on tickets please visit www.salamandersbaseball.com or call them at 919-249-7322 today while tickets last.
The game will be broadcast live in over 25 million homes as well as be streamed on MLB.com via the CPL's partnership with 7 Communications.