PHILADELPHIA- Todd Roth, a senior at Penn and an All-Ivy pitcher on the Quakers' baseball team, received the 2009 Gayle Gieseke Gold Award for outstanding play on the field while making a large contribution to the community by the Edenton (N.C.) Steamers.
The Edenton Steamers are a member of the Coastal Plain League, a wooden-bat summer league which features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In the CPL, players are housed with local host families for the summer.
The Giesecke Gold Award was announced in between a doubleheader with the Petersburg Generals on Monday, Aug. 3 -- the final regular-season home games at the Steamers' Hicks Field this summer. Criteria for the honor were announced at the Steamers home opener earlier this season.
Gieseke faithfully served as a member of the team's board of directors and treasurer until her death. This is the third year that the team has honored Gieseke by presenting the award.
With the Steamers, Roth won four straight starts at Hicks Field including a three-hit, complete-game performance on August 3 to improve his record to 4-2 for the season. The right-hander started nine games and had a 2.83 ERA during the summer.
Roth follows 2007 winner Brian Conley (Towson University) and 2008 winner Luke Demko (University of Rhode Island) in receiving the Gieseke Gold. Both Conley and Demko are currently in pro baseball.
Edenton qualified for the CPL's Petitt Cup postseason tournament for the sixth straight season. The Steamers were the No. 7 seed and lost to No. 2 seed Peninsula (Va.) in the first round.