Home Run Derby to contestants to hit for a cause

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In the 2014 CPL Home Run Derby, a ball over the wall means a little bit more than a round-tripper. All eight of this year’s Home Run Derby participants will be representing non-profit, charitable organizations with a chance to help them raise funds with their home runs.

Individuals and organizations in attendance for the Derby will have the opportunity to pledge money per home run ($1 minimum) to one or multiple funds. The total will be based on the final number of home runs the player representing those funds hits during the entire Derby.

Marlins’ third baseman Johnny Caputo will be hitting for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. The Boys & Girls Club is a safe place for children to learn and grow while having fun. The Club provides an encouraging atmosphere that fosters academic success, character development and healthy lifestyle choices.

Orlando Olivera from the Edenton Steamers will swing for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society helps to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Peninsula’s Alex Close will hit for the Broad Street Clinic, which was founded in 1993 by local physicians as a free health clinic serving the adult residents of Carteret County and surrounding areas. Its mission is to provide access to medical care for the uninsured low-income population in the community.

Taylor Ostrich, also of the Peninsula Pilots, will be representing Rotary International. Rotary International members are 1.2 million neighbors, friends and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. 

In the West, Hunter Bryant from the Forest City Owls will be swinging for Hope Mission of Carteret County. Hope Mission is a non-profit Christian ministry which seeks to serve the less fortunate citizens of Carteret County through ministries of food, compassion, emergency financial assistance, shelter for the homeless and prayer as well as other means of support.

The Crystal Coast Autism Center will be represented by Austin Bossart of the Asheboro Copperheads. The Crystal Coast Autism Center facilitates the coordination of education, support and access for individuals and families affected by autism. They are committed to providing resources and support to those who care for individuals with ASD, to identify areas of need for individuals and families affected by ASD and help them to find the resources available to meet those needs through CoastalCare, Easter Seals and local providers.

Chase Shelton from Columbia will hit for Coastal Carolina Red Cross, which is part of the Eastern NC Region, which comprises nine chapters in 33 counties along the coast. The Coastal Carolina Chapter serves residents of Craven, Carteret, Jones and Pamlico counties.

Allen Staton, also of the Columbia Blowfish, will be representing for the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program. The mission of the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program is to provide temporary, emergency shelter and supportive services to adults and children who suffer when domestic violence occurs, and to assist, through counseling, case management and advocacy our clients in obtaining safe homes, self-sufficiency and to break the cycle of abuse for future generations.

The 2014 CPL Home Run Derby will take place on July 13 at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City, with gates opening at 5 p.m.

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. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 70 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at
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