It’s easy to like a baseball team whose mascot is Sam the Clam.
The Edenton Steamers play ball in the Coastal Plain League, a wood-bat collegiate summer league that features college players from throughout the nation. The players travel to this part of the country to join a total of 14 CPL teams based in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The Steamers play a 56-game schedule with 28 home dates, and the season takes place from late May through early August. A group called Edenton-Chowan Community Foundation Inc. owns the franchise, and the team’s uniform colors are teal, black and white.
Besides Edenton, the teams that comprise the CPL in 2009 were the Asheboro Copperheads, Columbia Blowfish, Fayetteville Swampdogs, Florence Red Wolves, Forest City Owls, Gastonia Grizzlies, Martinsville Mustangs, Outer Banks Daredevils, Peninsula Pilots, Petersburg Generals, Thomasville Hi-Toms, Wilmington Sharks and the Wilson Tobs.
The Steamers compete in the CPL’s Northern Division against Outer Banks, Peninsula and Petersburg, playing those three teams 16 times apiece each season.
History of Baseball in Elizabeth City
The Steamers have been a part of the CPL since 1998 and have won two league championships – called the Pettit Cup – in 2004 and 2005. All of Edenton’s home games start at 7:05 p.m. and are played at historic Hicks Field, adjacent to John A. Holmes High School.
Hicks Field is actually a story in itself. The stadium was constructed in 1939, and its main structure is a wood grandstand with a roof that was built to accommodate slightly more than 500 people. That grandstand is the oldest remaining wooden grandstand of its type in North Carolina.
The stadium was remodeled and expanded in 1997 prior to the Steamers joining the CPL, and today Hicks Field can comfortably accommodate 1,200 spectators.
Baseball America magazine has rated Hicks Field among the top summer collegiate baseball venue in the United States.
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