Asheboro duo picked for CPL All-Star Game

Trent Youngblood has given the Asheboro ZooKeepers a boost in several ways so far this season. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

ASHEBORO — Infielder Trent Youngblood and outfielder Kennedy Jones will represent the Asheboro ZooKeepers in Sunday’s Coastal Plain League All-Star Game in Holly Springs.

Youngblood, who plays in college for Transylvania, leads the ZooKeepers with 23 runs batted in and co-leads the team with ten extra-base hits across his first 29 games. He entered this week as the only player to appear in every CPL game for Asheboro.

Kennedy is a standout for UNC Greensboro. Because the Spartans were in the NCAA Tournament, he missed the early part of the season with the ZooKeepers, but he has made an impact since joining the lineup.

Jones hit at a .420 clip in his first 13 games with the ZooKeepers.

The ZooKeepers were the worst team in the CPL’s first half. But they began the second half with five consecutive victories before Monday night’s 9-5 home loss to the Holly Springs Salamanders.

Asheboro has one home game remaining this week at McCrary Park with Saturday’s matchup with the Wilson Tobs.

Next week, the ZooKeepers have CPL home games July 12 vs. Martinsville and July 15 vs. Peninsula before a non-league assignment July 17 with Catawba Valley.

By Randolph Record