The 2019 Coastal Plain League season for the Asheboro Copperheads featured a home run record, an improvement in wins from the previous season, an incredibly successful first-time promotion and plenty of heart-pounding victories.
Although the Copperheads did not make the playoffs, finishing with a 22-27 record, they battled for the second-half championship right down to the final days of the regular season.
The Copperheads showed plenty of power this past summer, recording a team-record 50 home runs, including having two players with double-digit home run totals for the first time in team history. Josh Hood (Penn) hit 11 homers during the season and Jonathan Martin (Georgia Southwestern State) 10. The only player in team history to hit more in a season was C.J. Ziegler, who hit 13 in 2006. The 50 home runs hit as a team smashed the old record of 39.
The power numbers helped the Copperheads to those 22 wins, an increase of six from the previous season.
The Copperheads participated in a very special night on July 25 as they hosted Make-A-Wish Night. Prior to the game, children involved in the Make-A-Wish organization took part in a pregame march onto the field with their parents. The jerseys used by the Copperhead players, which were purchased solely for this special game, were auctioned off during the contest with all money raised going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
While making their second-half playoff push, the Copperheads recorded walk-off wins in back-to-back home games. On July 30, Sean Phelan’s two-run home run gave the Copperheads a 7-5 win over High Point-Thomasville. Two nights later, the Copperheads recorded perhaps their most exciting win of the season when they erased a one-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back home runs from Martin and Hood for a thrilling 8-7 victory over Forest City.
Individually, four players were named to participate in the CPL All-Star festivities as Dustin Baber (N.C. A&T), Joe Miller (Penn), Tyler Koch (Georgia State) and Hood were honored.
Coach Ritsche was also selected to coach the Fan Vote All-Star team at the All-Star festivities in Savannah, Ga.
Hood was also selected to the All-CPL second team after the season and he was a member of the CPL Select team, which played Team USA.
The Copperheads would like to thank everyone who made 2019 another memorable summer. Thank you to our fans, our sponsors, our host familes, and all our volunteers. Without you, we would not be able to do what we do. Enjoy the offseason and we look forward to welcoming you back to McCrary Park in 2020!