Updated January 24 2007

Columbia Named Host Site For 2007 CPL All-Star Game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Coastal Plain League announced today that the 2007 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Columbia Blowfish on July 17, 2007 at Capital City Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

The All-Star Game festivities will begin on Monday, July 16, when the Blowfish will host the All-Star Fan Fest. One of the big draws in the past for Fan Fest is that of the All-Star Home Run Derby, which gives CPL All-Stars a chance to battle it out to see who has the most power with the bat. Fans will also have the chance to meet both CPL All-Star teams during that time.

“We are extremely excited to announce Columbia as the host city for our 2007 All-Star Game,” said League President and Commissioner Pete Bock. “The City of Columbia welcomed the Blowfish with open arms last season, making it a very special and memorable time. Bill (Shanahan), Michael (Savit), Skip (Anderson) and their whole staff have done a tremendous job in making the Blowfish an instant hit. We feel that Columbia hosting our All-Star Game will be just as successful as the Blowfish have come to be!”

On Tuesday, July 17, the All-Stars will be treated to a special luncheon before a busy afternoon and evening that includes Major League scout day activities and then the playing of the 2007 CPL All-Star Game.

“It has been 15 years since Capital City Stadium has hosted an All-Star game,” said Blowfish President Bill Shanahan, who was General Manager of the Columbia Mets of the South Atlantic League when the game was played in front of a full house at “The Cap”. “We are very excited to host the summer classic and I believe the fans are in for two days of great summer collegiate baseball action and fun!”

For more information on the 2007 CPL All-Star Game in Columbia, please visit the League’s website, www.coastalplain.com or the Columbia Blowfish at www.blowfishbaseball.com.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league, heading into its 11th season. Featuring 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the CPL is certified by Major League Baseball, and gives college players the chance to refine their skills with wooden bats during the summer months. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.



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