CHARLESTON, SC - Charleston RiverDogs left-handed pitcher Justin Kamplain received the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week Award for games played August 31 - September 7 on Tuesday. For the week, Kamplain went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games started with no allowed on nine hits, he did not walk anyone and struck out 11 across 12 1/3 innings.
Kamplain, a native of Jasper, Alabama and a former University of Alabama standout, began the week with 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Asheville Tourists in game two of a doubleheader on Monday August 31st. He allowed six hits, two of which were extra-base hits, he did not walk anyone and retired four by way of the K. The 22-year old's second start of the week was better than his first as he tossed six-scoreless innings against the Augusta GreenJackets. Montgomery held the GreenJackets to just three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
The final four starts of the season were outstanding for Kamplain. He went 2-1 with a 1.09 ERA, allowing three runs, all earned, on 21 hits across 24 2/3 innings pitched. He has walked only two and struck out 15 during the final month of the season. In 26 games, 25 of which were starts, Kamplain went 5-14 with a 4.29 ERA. He finished second in the league in strikeouts with 119, three shy of the league leader, Sam Howard from Asheville.
Kamplain was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Alabama. A 6'0" 175-pound lefty, Kamplain is the third RiverDog to be honored by the South Atlantic League with a pitcher/player of the week award in 2015. Lefty Jordan Montgomery won Pitcher of the Week for his work from May 18-24, he is the only other pitcher to be honored, while infielder Vince Conde took home the Player of the Week award for August 10-16.
The RiverDogs' 2015 season has come to an end. Charleston opens the 2016 season with seven games at home. Charleston will host the Columbia Fireflies on April 7-10 as they begin their South Atlantic League season. Then, the Asheville Tourists will visit for three games April 11-13. Season tickets are on sale and can be renewed now! For more information call the Riley Park Box Office at 843/577-DOGS or visit www.RiverDogs.com.