The Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League announce today the signings of East Carolina University players Luke Lowery and Andrew Schorr for the 2013 season.
Lowery, a 6-2, 218-pound freshman comes to the Tobs from Midlothian, Virginia where he was a standout talent in three sports. In baseball, he led his team to four straight District Championships and steadily improved his numbers each year. With his above average frame, he has been a power hitter all of his life and that theory was backed up as he hit five home runs while batting over .400 his sophomore year in high school. As a junior, Lowery hit .480 and was selected to the All-District team which built up even more hype for his senior year. Throughout his senior year, Lowery collected multiple accolades including being named to the preseason all-state team as well as being recognized by ESPNHS and Perfect Game USA as one of the top high school baseball players in the country.
This season, Lowery has started 17 games behind the plate for the Pirates and is making his mark for what is sure to be an excellent career. He is currently batting .295 with three home runs and 10 RBIs and he is also second on the squad with a .475 slugging percentage. His older brother is Jake Lowery, who won the Johnny Bench Award for the top collegiate catcher in the country back in 2011 while playing for James Madison University.
"Luke Lowery is a tremendous talent in all facets of the game," said Tobs head coach Austin Love. "He is an exceptional athlete with the baseball skills to match. We are excited about having a catcher that can not only perform on the defensive side, but can also contribute heavily to our offense."
Andrew Schorr comes to the Tobs from Audubon, New Jersey where he turned in one of the best careers on the mound that anyone could imagine. The 6-0, 178-pound freshman is a crafty lefty and is currently redshirting for the Pirates. During his high school career, Schorr helped Audubon win two state championships and going into his senior season, he was named to the preseason all-state team by ESPNHS and first team All-Northeast region by Perfect Game USA. With the enviable combination of being a left-handed pitcher and touching 90 mph on the radar gun, Schorr is a prospect that will have plenty of eyes on him throughout his baseball career. In his senior season, he posted a 10-1 record with a 0.90 ERA. Furthermore, Schorr racked up 122 strikeouts in 68 innings while allowing just 40 hits on the season. Adding on even further to his stellar senior year, he threw a pair of no-hitters and was 3-0 in the state tournament. During that state tournament, he struck out 16 in one game and then spun a one-hit shutout with eight punch outs in the state finals.
Schorr played Legion baseball for a very successful Brooklawn squad that finished 2nd in the 2012 American Legion World Series. Schorr had an undefeated record on the mound helping lead the squad to a 59-5 record.
"Andrew Schorr comes to us with a good arm and quality secondary pitches," said Love. "He has a track record of tallying up strikeouts and will contribute to our staff this summer displaying multiple roles."
The Tobs will open up the 2013 season Tuesday May 28th at home against the Edenton Steamers. For tickets, call the Tobs front office at (252) 291-8627.
The Wilson Tobs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 17th season in the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. The CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia and 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. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 55 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far.
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