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After finishing with a 2.77 ERA on 61.2 innings pitched for the Morehead City Marlins, redshirt sophomore Luke Watts was named first team all-Coastal Plain League.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Watts Named First Team All-Coastal Plain League
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 09/01/2016 (ET)
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HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. — Appalachian State University baseball redshirt sophomore RHP Luke Watts received first team All-Coastal Plain League recognition as a starting pitcher after spending the summer with the Morehead City Marlins, the CPL announced on Tuesday.

Each team features 24 players: One player per each infield position, four designated hitter/utility players, five outfielders, six starting pitchers and four relief pitchers. Watts is the only student-athlete representing a Sun Belt home university on the first team, while Georgia Southern had a student-athlete make the second team.

The right-handed pitcher finished third in the CPL on the mound in ERA with 2.77 in 10 appearances. Watts finished with a 4-1 record with 58 strikeouts, allowing just 51 hits and 16 earned runs in 61.2 innings pitched. His 58 strikeouts were good for third in the CPL. This season, the Marlins finished 30-25 (16-12 Second Half), finishing fifth in the CPL East. 

Watts is no stranger to the CPL, having played in 2015 as well. He played well enough in his first year to be named the Carteret County News-Times Marlins Player of the Week award (July 15) after being the only Marlin with more than 10 innings pitched and an ERA under 2.00. He had a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings.

The Taylorsville-native made 17 relief appearances in 2016 for the Mountaineers, finishing 1-1 on the year. In just 29.0 innings pitched, Watts had 24 strikeouts, only allowing 28 hits and 12 earned runs for a 2.48 ERA. He finished third in appearances and fourth in caught stealing by (five).

First Team
C - Zac Almond (HP-Thomasville / Catawba)
1B - Darian Carpenter (Peninsula / Virginia Commonwealth)
2B - Zachary Files (Florence / Florida International)
3B - Alec Bohm (Wilmington / Wichita State)
SS - Danny Sheehan (Holly Springs / San Diego State)
DH/UTL - Kyle McPherson (Peninsula / James Madison)
DH/UTL - Austin Dennis (Forest City / Middle Tennessee St.)
DH/UTL - Andrew Webster (Wilson / Barton)
DH/UTL - Brett Auckland (Lexington County / Presbyterian)
OF - Will Shepherd (Peninsula / Liberty)
OF - Jameson Hannah (Savannah / Dallas Baptist)
OF - Dillon Stewart (Holly Springs / UNC Greensboro)
OF - Tony Rosselli (Edenton / Indiana State)
OF - Clint Hardy (Savannah / Augusta University)
SP - Connor Riley (Wilmington / USC Aiken)
SP - Beau Sulser (Savannah/ Dartmouth)
SP - Luke Watts (Morehead City / Appalachian State)
SP - Barrett Loseke (Gastonia / Arkansas)
SP - Colby Weaver (Savannah / Dallas Baptist)
SP - Marcus Reyes (Martinsville / San Diego State.)
RP - Ryan Kelly (Wilmington / Saint Joseph’s)
RP - Chaz Miller (Forest City / Bluefield College)
RP - Robbie Hiser (Peninsula / Norfolk State.)
RP - Josh Maciejewski (Gastonia / Charlotte)

Second Team
C - Franco Guardascione (Peninsula / Jacksonville)
1B - Daniel Sullivan (HP-Thomasville / Gardner-Webb)
2B - Trey Hair (Edenton / Evansville)
3B - Rylan Bannon (Savannah / Xavier)
SS - Cletis Avery (Wilmington / Presbyterian)
DH/UTL - Christian Campbell (Morehead City / Rutgers)
DH/UTL - Kurt Sinnen (Peninsula / Old Dominion)
DH/UTL - Aaron Aucker (Edenton / Middle Tennessee St.)
DH/UTL - Matt Simmons (Gastonia / Gardner-Webb)
OF - Mark Donadio (Wilmington / Fordham)
OF - Richard Cunningham (Edenton / Baylor)
OF - Kyle Smith (Asheboro / Catawba)
OF - T.J. Nichting (Asheboro / Charlotte)
OF - Logan Baldwin (Wilson / Georgia Southern)
SP - Nick Yobbi (Fayetteville / USC Aiken)
SP - Chris Gau (Peninsula / Jacksonville)
SP - Devin Sweet (Asheboro / NC Central)
SP - Mike Castallani (Wilmington / Bucknell)
SP - JT Rogozewski (Holly Springs / North Carolina)
SP - Alex Yarem (Wilson / Campbell)
RP - Reid Clements (HP-Thomasville/ Middle Tennessee St.)
RP - John Luke Curtis (Morehead City/ Lenoir-Rhyne)
RP - Kory Behenna (Holly Springs/ Wingate)
RP - Tom Colletti (Florence / Ohio)

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