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Grizzlies win third straight for first time

GASTONIA, N.C. - It took more than half the season, but the Gastonia Grizzlies have their first winning streak.

Gastonia completed a perfect two-game road trip with a 6-4 win at Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon, giving the Grizzlies (14-23, 5-4 second half) three wins in a row for the first time all season. They previously had won back-to-back games only twice.

Gastonia pounded out 13 hits against Petersburg (17-21, 3-7), including a 3-for-4 effort from Billy Urban. Bryce Beeler, Keenen Maddox and Brad Clement added two hits each, with Maddox driving in a pair of runs.

Tyler Powell (1-1) pitched the win in relief, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings with only one hit. Powell relieved Matt Lengel, who surrendered four runs (all earned) on 10 hits over the first 4 2/3 innings.

Dale Innes came on in the ninth and survived two walks to register his team-leading fifth save.

Gastonia took the lead for good by scoring three runs in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie. Petersburg closed the gap to 5-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Grizzlies added another run in the top of the ninth, giving Innes more cushion to work the save.

On Tuesday, Gastonia beat Peninsula 3-1 in 10 innings despite being outhit 8-3. Urban went 1-for-5 but drove in all three runs, two of them on a single to left in the 10th.

Patrick Stanley earned the win with a scoreless 10th inning. Gastonia starter Cody Stull went six innings, giving up one run (earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

The Grizzlies return home Thursday for a game against Thomasville.


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2012 Season Underway

GASTONIA, N.C. – With the 2012 season well underway, the Gastonia Grizzlies are clawing their way back into contention for the Petit Cup Playoffs and a defense of the 2011 Coastal Plain League Championship.

 

As of June 17, Gastonia is 6-11 in the standings and still alive for one of the CPL’s eight postseason spots.

 

With seven weeks left in the regular season, the team hopes to improve heading down the stretch as they did last year when they went 12-5 after July 14 to earn a playoff position.

The 2012 campaign got off to a bang as the Grizzlies drew 10,000 fans the first four games of the season, highlighted by a record crowd of 4,148 on June 2. Gastonia defeated Thomasville 10-1.

The Grizzlies welcomed 3,066 fans to Sims Legion Park on May 29 and 2,467 on May 31. Sims Park also hosted 3,044 fans on June 8 and 3,006 on June 16.

 

After a four-game losing streak to begin the season, Gastonia won back-to-back games twice – June 5-6 and June 14-15.

 

Cody Jones (Western Carolina) has been Gastonia’s most consistent hitter to date, batting .324 with six RBI’s and is second in the CPL in hits with 22.

 

Tyler White (Western Carolina), the only member of last year’s championship team on the 2012 roster, is tied for third in the CPL with 13 RBI’s and has a batting average of .313 with two homeruns.

 

David Reid-Foley (Mercer) is tied for the league lead in doubles with six and Billy Urban (St. Bonaventure) is tied for the league lead in sacrifices with five.

 

Reliever Dale Innes (UNC Pembroke) is first in the CPL in strikeouts with 29 in nine appearances from the bullpen and has two saves.

 

Pitcher Clint Terry (Lee) was selected in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. 

 

The Grizzlies are looking forward to the rest of the season, which includes promotions such as Salute to the Troops Night on June 23, Fourth of July fireworks on July 3, Midnight Madness on July 27 and the Great Community Giveback Game on July 29.

 

Ticket information can be found at www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.

 

Derek Smith
Director of Media Relations/Broadcasting

 
Grizzlies Sign Three from Western Carolina

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia Grizzlies announced today the signing of three Western Carolina University players including returnee Tyler White and newcomers Tyler Powell and Cody Jones.

 

White, a 5’11”, 220 pound Junior will be returning to the Grizzlies once again in 2012 after having an impressive season last summer. He finished second in overall batting average .291 and led the team with 60 hits and while bringing in 35 runs.

Powell, a 6’5”, 220 pound Freshmen will begin his first season at Western Carolina after attending Myers Park High School in Charlotte. While at Myers Park he won 45 games on the mound during his three seasons and was selected for the All-South Charlotte Team.  Powell was drafted in the 46th round in 2011 by the Texas Rangers.

Jones, a 6’0”, 200 pound sophomore outfielder had a good start to his college career last season with the Catamounts. He finished his freshmen year with a .273 batting average and recorded 55 hits for the season. He recorded three multiple hit games and two multi-RBI outings.

 

"We are excited to have Tyler back for a second year.  He is a great kid to be around and was a big part of our run at the Petit Cup last year.  We look for Tyler to be a big contributor again this summer,” said Head Coach Kyle Surprenant.

 

"Powell is a big, strong kid that has a great career in front of him and we are excited to have him for the summer.  He will be a key part of our pitching staff and our success."

 

"Cody is another Western Carolina kid who we feel will have a great summer for us.  He adds a solid left handed bat to our line-up and will be strong defensively in our outfield.  We look forward to having Cody in Gastonia."

 

 

Grizzlies Opening Night is set for May 29th vs. the Columbia Blowfish.  A limited number of season tickets and “All You Can Eat Season Tickets” are available for the 2012 season.  Season Tickets begin at less than $5 a game and All You Can Eat Season Tickets start at less than $9 per game.  For more information about any of the Grizzlies ticket plans you can call the Grizzlies front office at 704-866-8622 or visit www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.

 

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 930 alumni drafted and 46 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).

 

 

 
 
Grizzlies Sign Two Draft Picks

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia Grizzlies announced today the signing of two former draft picks for the 2012 season with outfielders Brandon Alexander from University of Louisiana Monroe and Vince Howard from Western Illinois University.

 

Alexander, a 6’1”, 193 pound Junior will begin his first season University of Louisiana at Monroe after attending John A. Logan College. He started 44 games for John A. Logan with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs. Alexander was drafted in the 29th round in 2009 by the Baltimore Orioles.

Howard, a 6’0”, 190 pound Junior will begin his first season at Western Illinois after attending St. Louis C.C.- Meramec.  In 2011 Howard batted .292 with 20 RBIs, and 36 runs. He was drafted in the 30th round in 2009 by the Atlanta Braves.

“Brandon is an extremely talented player with lots of tools.  He is a guy that can really go get the ball in center field and will provide some pop and speed to our line-up,” said Head Coach Kyle Surprenant.  “We expect a great summer from Brandon and are excited to have him.” 

“Vince is an exceptionally athletic player that has several tools.  He can hit for power, average and can flat out fly.  He comes very highly recommended from several coaches and professional scouts. We are excited to have Vince and feel he will be a big part of our team’s success.”

Grizzlies Opening Night is set for May 29th vs. the Columbia Blowfish.  A limited number of season tickets and “All You Can Eat Season Tickets” are available for the 2012 season.  Season Tickets begin at less than $5 a game and All You Can Eat Season Tickets start at less than $9 per game.  For more information about any of the Grizzlies ticket plans you can call the Grizzlies front office at 704-866-8622 or visit www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 930 alumni drafted and 46 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).

 

Grizzlies Sign Two From St. Bonaventure

GASTONIA, N.C. – The defending CPL Champion Gastonia Grizzlies announced today their first signings of the 2012 season with infielders Austin Ingraham and Billy Urban from St. Bonaventure University.

Ingraham, a 6’2”, 220 pound Junior played in 38 games last season for St. Bonaventure at first base. He finished fourth on the team with a .323 batting average and was second on the team in slugging percentage at .462 while leading the team in fielding percentage.

Urban, a 6’0”, 185 pound Junior started in 46 games for the Bonnies. He led the team in RBI’s with 41 for the season, slugging percentage at .470 and finished with a .327 batting average.  During the summer of 2011 Urban was a Coastal Plain League All-Star for the Fayetteville SwampDogs.  He finished second on the SwampDogs in hitting at .325 and in slugging percentage at .407.

 “Austin has had a ton of success in his first two years at St. Bonaventure as well as the previous two summers in the Prospect League in which he was an All-Star,” said Head Coach Kyle Surprenant.  “He is an athletic kid who is versatile that will help us in the outfield, first base and at the plate. Billy is an athletic infielder who also has the ability to be effective on the mound for us as well. We are very excited to have Billy in Gastonia this summer and look forward to another all-star type of season,”

 

A limited number of season tickets and “All You Can Eat Season Tickets” are available for the 2012 season.  Season Tickets begin at less than $5 a game and All You Can Eat Season Tickets start at less than $9 per game.  For more information about any of the Grizzlies ticket plans you can call the Grizzlies front office at 704-866-8622 or visit www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.

 

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 930 alumni drafted and 46 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).

 

 

 
U.S. Military All Stars Highlights 2012 Schedule

Gastonia, NC - The defending Coastal Plain League champion Gastonia Grizzlies announced today the release of their 2012 schedule.  The schedule is highlighted by the June 23rd game against the U.S. Military All Stars.

 

The U.S. Military All Stars are the only barnstorming team in the world featuring players from all branches of the Armed Forces and First Responders competing in baseball.  Since 1990, over 25,000 men and women serving on Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, ROTC, Service Academy, Delayed Entry Program, Wounded Warriors, Amputees, Veterans have suited-up for the “Red, White & Blue Tour.” 

In 2012 the Grizzlies will play a total of 30 home games including the exhibition game against the Military All Stars on June 23rd as well as an exhibition game against the Catawba Valley Stars on June 26th.

 The Grizzlies home opener is Tuesday May 29th against the Columbia Blowfish.

 The schedule includes seven “All You Can Eat & Drink Tuesday” games, five of the popular “Thirsty Thursday” games and nine weekend games.

 “We couldn’t be more excited about our 2012 schedule,” said Managing Partner Jesse Cole.  “After the huge success of the Salute to Troops Night in 2011 we feel the US Military All Stars game will be one of the biggest games in franchise history.  We are also very excited about our heavy load of Tuesday, Thursday and weekend games.” 

All games will start at 7:30 with the exception of Sunday games that will start at 5:30 and the annual kids’ day game and “Midnight Madness” game that will be announced soon.

 For the first time since 2001, the league will be comprised of two divisions – the East and the West – that will feature seven teams in each. The newly formed East will be made up of the Edenton Steamers, Fayetteville SwampDogs, Morehead City Marlins, Peninsula Pilots, Petersburg Generals, Wilmington Sharks and Wilson Tobs. Meanwhile, the West will again feature the Asheboro Copperheads, Forest City Owls, Gastonia Grizzlies, Martinsville Mustangs and Thomasville HiToms, as well as the additions of the Columbia Blowfish and Florence RedWolves. The Outer Banks Daredevils will be an inactive member of the league in 2012.

 A limited number of season tickets and “All You Can Eat Season Tickets” are available for the 2012 season.  Season Tickets begin at less than $5 a game and All You Can Eat Season Tickets start at less than $9 per game.  For more information about any of the Grizzlies ticket plans you can call the Grizzlies front office at 704-866-8622 or visit www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.  

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 930 alumni drafted and 46 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).

 
 
Surprenant Named New Head Coach hh

8/29/2011

Gastonia, NC – The Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Club named Kyle Surprenant as the new Head Coach of the Grizzlies. Surprenant served as the Assistant Coach of the 2011 CPL Champion Grizzlies.

In his first year as Assistant Coach with the Grizzlies Surprenant helped lead the team to the first CPL Championship in Grizzlies history. Surprenant was responsible working with the hitters and defense.

"I am very excited to be back in Gastonia and for the opportunity to step in as the next head coach of the Grizzlies. I want to thank Ken and Bette and Jesse as well as Lauren and everyone in the front office for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank Jason Plourde for bringing me to Gastonia last year which led to this opportunity."

Managing Partner Jesse Cole said, “With Kyle’s experience from last year’s championship run, he is the perfect fit for this organization. We gained a tremendous amount of respect from the players and we feel he will continue to keep the great winning traditions set forth by Coach Jason Plourde.”

Surprenant is entering his second year as an Assistant Coach at John A. Logan College and has been coaching at the college ranks for the past three years at Kankakee Community College and John A. Logan compiling at record of 130-43. In his three years coaching, Surprenant’s teams have won three sectional championships, two regional championships, one district championship and finished third in NJCAA DII World Series in 2010.

Surprenant is excited to become a big part of the Gastonia community. "The Grizzlies are a great organization with outstanding support from the fans and I look forward to build upon the recent success"

The Grizzlies are proud members of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both the players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 930 alumni drafted and 46 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).
 
 
Championship Season Recap!

8/23/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia Grizzlies capped off the 2011 season with a Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup championship.
It was the first title for the Grizzlies in the ten-year history of the franchise, and marked the first since the 1980’s that a team playing at Sims Legion Park won a championship. In 1983, the Gastonia Expos won the South Atlantic League professional baseball title.

The Grizzlies (35-29) made it to the championship round by winning Game Three of their first and second-round series against No. 3 Thomasville and No. 4 Forest City, respectively.
In the finals against No. 1 Edenton, No. 6 Gastonia dropped Game One by a score of 1-0 in 11 innings before winning Game Two 4-2 and Game Three 2-0.

In Game Two, Dylan Nasiatka went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs to lead Gastonia. Nasiatka had a two-run single in the first inning as Gastonia took a 3-0 lead and went on to force the decisive game of the series. Tyler Ware pitched five innings for the win, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Kris Hall pitched two shutout innings of relief and Nate Steinmetz recorded a save.

In Game Three, the Grizzlies were paced by Michael Heesch, who pitched six shutout innings, striking out nine, walking one and giving up only one hit. He was practically untouchable, carrying a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings.
Robby Van Cour, Steinmetz and Kris Hall pitched in relief before Derek Epps came on in the ninth inning to preserve the shutout and the victory. Tyler White and Adam Lavelle had two hits each.

Arguably the MVP on Gastonia’s roster, Heesch threw three complete games – two in the regular season – and combined for one shutout in the regular season, and hurled another in the playoffs. Against Thomasville in the first round, Heesch pitched a complete game, shutout, in which he scattered four hits and struck out seven.

Gastonia’s 2011 campaign began May 31 when over 3,000 fans welcomed in the season as the Grizzlies entertained the Columbia Blowfish at Sims Legion Park. Managing Partner Jesse Cole announced that a crowd of 3,079 attended the season opener and it was the fourth-best for opening night and, at the time, the tenth-best overall in franchise history. However, Gastonia fell to Columbia 9-5.

The team won its first game of the season June 1 in Thomasville with a 10-5 victory over the Hi-Toms at Finch Field. Gastonia banged out ten hits and got multi-hit performances from Tyler White and Benji Jackson.
On June 4, the Grizzlies broke the single-game attendance record of 3,788 fans by drawing 4,089 Saturday night versus the Forest City Owls. “We’re excited this was the biggest crowd in Grizzlies’ history,” said Managing Partner Jesse Cole. “We thank all the fans for coming out tonight. We think this is going to be the start of a great season.” The previous attendance mark was set on Aug. 4, 2009. The record-breaking crowd was treated to a postgame fireworks celebration. On the field, the Owls defeated Gastonia 7-4.

Gastonia won its first home game of the 2011 season June 6 with a 4-1 victory over the Columbia Blowfish. It was also Bark at the Park Night and 63 canines attended the game – a new franchise record.
On June 10, Joe Ramirez homered in his first at-bat at Sims Legion Park to give the Grizzlies a 5-2 victory over Asheboro. Ramirez, an infielder who had just wrapped up his junior season at Lee, slugged a solo home run to give Gastonia a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Grizzlies captured their 2nd annual Midnight Madness game 2-0 over Forest City in the morning hours of June 25 in front of a crowd of 3,153. The game ended at 2:37 a.m. The last fan entered the contest at 1:39.
Gastonia had the chance to see how it stacked up against the nation’s top talent when they hosted Team USA on June 30. Team USA left Sims Legion Park with a 12-5 victory over the Grizzlies, but the attendance was announced at 2,181. Fans were given the chance to meet the Team USA players and get autographs before and after the game.

After finishing the first half of the season with a record of 13-14, the team took four of its first six games to begin the month of July. However, a five-game losing streak heading into the break for the CPL All-Star game cast doubt as to whether the Grizzlies were a playoff squad.

On July 16, as part of the Salute to the Troops promotion, the Grizzlies paid tribute to Gaston County Marine Nic O’Brien, who was killed this past summer in Afghanistan. There was a special recognition of O’Brien’s family prior to the game and Gastonia beat Forest City 7-0.

From July 21-July 27, Gastonia reeled off five straight victories to get into postseason contention.
On July 31, the Grizzlies hosted the Great Community Give Back Game and gave away free tickets to entire community as the first 1,000 fans received a free hot dog, chips and drink. Gastonia lost to Thomasville 5-1 but 3,224 fans enjoyed a Sunday afternoon at the ballpark.

On the second to the last day of the schedule, the Grizzlies scored three runs in the top of the 11th inning to beat Forest City 7-4 at McNair Field and clinched a playoff berth.
When it was all said and done, Gastonia closed the regular season on a roll, winning 13 of the final 17 contests to earn the No. 6 seed in the Petitt Cup Championship, and the rest they say, is history.

Attendance
The Grizzlies drew 48,058 fans for 26 CPL regular season games, averaging
1,848 per night, and bested the previous mark of 42,758 set in 2010.
Gastonia also broke the single-game attendance record of 3,788 fans by drawing 4,089 June 4 versus the Forest City Owls. The previous attendance mark was set on Aug. 4, 2009. Sims Legion Park welcomed 3,000 or more fans for CPL games on May 31, June 24, July 2, July 16, July 29, July 31 and Aug.
2.

All-Stars
Dylan Nasiatka and Derek Epps were named to the American CPL All-Star Team.
The Coastal Plain League's 13th annual All-Star Game was played at J.P.
Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville, N.C. on July 18.

League Leaders
Sacrifice bunts – 5. Justin Vasquez, 7
Total plate appearances – 4. Tyler White, 237 Saves – 1. Derek Epps, 13 Pitching appearances – T3. Nate Steinmetz, 27

Team Leaders
Batting average – Dan Hennigan, .310
Runs batted in – Dylan Nasiatka, 37
Home runs – Dylan Nasiatka, 8
Doubles – Justin Vasquez, 12
Stolen bases – Dan Hennigan, 12
Earned run average – Michael Heesch, 2.79 Wins – Michael Heesch, 6 Saves – Derek Epps, 13 Batters struck out – Michael Heesch, 57

CPL Players Of The Week
Gastonia’s Jordan Lurie was named the Rawlings Hitter of the Week for games played July 19-July 25. Lurie, a junior at UNC Asheville, started all five games for the Grizzlies and finished with a .600 average. He had 12 hits, including a pair of doubles, while tallying four RBI’s and a league-best nine runs scored on the week. Furthermore, Lurie racked up 14 total bases, had a slugging percentage of .700, and an on-base percentage of .680 - another league-high. He also was walked five times and was a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts.

Physical Performance Center Grizzlies’ Player of the Week Week 1: Tyler White Week 2: Derek Epps Week 3: Dylan Nasiatka Week 4: Grant Gajdosz

Postseason Awards
Michael Heesch was named the 2011 Rawlings CPL Defensive Player of the Year as voted upon by the CPL head coaches. A junior from USC Beaufort, Heesch helped Gastonia to its first-ever CPL Petitt Cup championship and finished with an overall 2.08 ERA, league-best 9-0 record and 79 strikeouts – the second most in the CPL. The 6-6, 250-pound lefty went 6-0 in nine starts during the regular season, and then added another three wins in three starts in the 2011 Petitt Cup playoffs. Overall, he pitched 82 1/3 innings on the summer, surrendering just 22 runs – 19 earned – on 55 hits, while walking 10.

MLB Draft
Former Gastonia Grizzlies’ David Chester and Scott Wingo were selected in
2011 Major League Baseball amateur draft. Chester, who played college baseball at Pittsburgh, was chosen in the 33rd round by the Boston Red Sox.
Wingo, from South Carolina, was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round. Other former players drafted include Jhiomar Veras (15th round, Minnesota Twins, Western Oklahoma), Jonathan Clark (17th round, New York Mets, Lee University) and Peter Levitt (32nd round, Chicago Cubs, Mount Olive).

The Grizzlies are proud members of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both the players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 930 alumni drafted and 46 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).

 
 
Grizzlies Win Midnight Madness 2-0

06/25/2011

GASTONIA, N.C – Gastonia won its 2nd annual Midnight Madness game 2-0 over Forest City Saturday morning in front of a crowd of 3,153.

The game ended at 2:37 a.m. The last fan entered the contest at 1:39.

The Grizzlies (13-11) plated single runs in the first and seventh innings.

Dan Hennigan (pictured, left) was 3-for-3. Joe Ramirez and Tyler White each went 1-for-4 with RBI’s.

Grant Gajdosz, Justin Vasquez, Roberto Duran and Dylan Nasiatka all collected hits

Talton Cherry (2-1) pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts. Derek Epps picked up his 9th save.

The Grizzlies travel to Asheboro Saturday and Forest City Sunday before returning home Tuesday to face the Owls.

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 800 alumni drafted and 44 alums make their major league debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague)

Grizzlies Fall to Copperheads In Asheboro

6/14/2011

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Gastonia’s three-game winning streak was snapped by Asheboro 8-2 Tuesday night at McCrary Park.

Dylan Nasiatka (Hofstra) went 2-for-3 for the Grizzlies (6-8). Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb), Tyler White (Western Carolina) and Ryne Briley (Campbell) each had hits.

White and Joe Ramirez (Lee University) both had RBI’s in Gastonia’s two-run sixth inning.

Tyler Ware (Judson) took the loss (0-1) after surrendering eight hits and seven runs with three walks and three strikeouts

Eddie Cumpston (Northwestern Oklahoma State University) pitched three innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Grizzlies return to Gastonia for a two-game homestand – Wednesday versus Martinsville and Thursday against Asheboro.


The Gastonia Grizzlies are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 800 alumni drafted and 44 alums make their major league debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).

 

Grizzlies Win Third Game In A Row, Beat Mustangs

06/13/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – Gastonia won for the third time in as many games, beating Martinsville 11-6 Monday at Sims Legion Park.

The Grizzlies (6-7) pounded out a season-high 14 hits as Tyler White (Western Carolina) and Dallas Burke (Southern Missouri State) both went 3-for-5 and combined on six RBI.

Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey) and Ryne Briley (Campbell) each were 2-for-4 at the plate. Briley also had an RBI.

Wayland Moore (Seminole State) earned his second victory on the mound by pitching six innings, allowing four runs on three hits with five strikeouts.

Gastonia trailed 1-0 after Martinsville’s Preston Lyon (Pheiffer) hit a solo homerun in the third inning.

But, the Grizzlies scored seven runs in the fifth inning to take control of the game.

Lyon, a Gastonia native, went 3-for-3 with four RBI.

Justin Sizemore (Liberty) also homered for Martinsville.

Tyler Carmen (Florida Tech) took the loss for the Mustangs (6-6).

Gastonia travels to Asheboro Tuesday before returning home Wednesday to face Martinsville again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Grizzlies Win Back-To-Back Games, Beat Blowfish

06/11/2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the first time this season, the Gastonia Grizzlies won back-to-back games after an 8-6 victory in Columbia Saturday over the Blowfish.

One night earlier, the Grizzlies (5-7) beat Asheboro at Sims Legion Park.

Gastonia belted out 12 hits with four players having multi-hit games.

Joe Ramirez (Lee University) was 2-for-4 with two RBI; Grant Gajdosz (UNC Asheville) 2-for-2 with an RBI; Dylan Nisiatka (Hofstra) 2-for-4; and Adam Hilker (Northern Colorado) 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Tyler White (Western Carolina), Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey), Zeke Blanton (Gardner Webb) and Dallas Burke (Missouri Southern State) also collected hits.

White, Gajdosz, Hilker and Ryne Briley (Campbell) had RBI’s.

Robert Van Cour (New Mexico State) won his first decision on the mound from the bullpen by pitching three innings and giving up just one hit and no runs with three strikeouts.

The Grizzlies enjoy an off day Sunday before playing Martinsville Monday at Sims Legion Park.  

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzlies Beat Division Leading Copperheads

06/10/2011

GASTONIA, N.C - Dylan Nasiatka and Grant Gajdosz had two hits each and Joe Ramirez homered in his first at-bat in Sims Legion Park to give the Gastonia Grizzlies a 5-2 home victory over Asheboro Friday night.

Gastonia (4-7) became only the second team to knock off Asheboro (8-2), which still leads the Coastal Plain League’s West Division.

Rick Marks (1-1) pitched the first five innings for the win. The Cornell right-hander surrendered two runs (both unearned) on three hits, struck out one and walked two.

Ramirez, an infielder who just wrapped up his junior season at Lee, slugged a solo home run to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead in the first. They followed with two more runs that inning and never trailed.

Gastonia travels to Columbia on Saturday before returning home Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzlies Fall to Forest City For Second Night In A Row

06/09/2011

FOREST CITY, N.C. – One night after coming up short against Forest City at Sims Legion Park, the Gastonia Grizzlies didn’t fare much better at McNair Field, losing 7-2 to the Owls on Thursday.

Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb) went 2-for-5 to lead the Gastonia battery. Tyler White (Western Carolina), Grant Gajdosz (UNC Asheville), Dallas Burke (Missouri Southern State) and Dylan Nisiatka (Hofstra) all had hits.

White and Gajdosz both collected RBI’s.

The Grizzlies (3-7) return home Friday to face Asheboro at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chester, Wingo Highlight Grizzlies’ Selections in MLB Draft

06/09/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – Former Gastonia Grizzlies’ David Chester and Scott Wingo were selected in this week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Chester, who played college baseball at Pittsburgh, was chosen in the 33rd round by the Boston Red Sox.

Wingo, from South Carolina, was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round.

Other former players drafted include Jhiomar Veras (15th round, Minnesota Twins, Western Oklahoma), Jonathan Clark (17th round, New York Mets, Lee University) and Peter Levitt (32nd round, Chicago Cubs, Mount Olive). 

 

Chester, a fan favorite, was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Gastonia Grizzlies.

Last summer, Chester batted .277 with 27 RBI’s and four homeruns. He was selected to the 2010 CPL All-Star team, named offensive MVP and won the home run derby.  He is the only player in CPL history to win both the All-Star Home Run Derby and then win the Offensive Player of the All-Star Game award.

      

Veras played 11 games for Gastonia in 2010 and batted .269 with five RBI.

Wingo was a member of the 2008 Grizzlies. He batted .242 with eight RBI.

 

Clark and Leavitt were signed to the Grizzlies’ squad before the 2011 season but never reported to Sims Legion Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzlies Tripped By Forest City Owls

06/08/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – Gastonia was defeated by Forest City 7-4 Wednesday night at Sims Legion Park.

Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb), Adam Hilker (Northern Colorado), Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey), Tyler White (Western Carolina), Grant Gajdosz (UNC Asheville), Brett Macari (Fort Hays State) and Tyler White (Western Carolina) all collected hits.

Vasquez, White, Gajdosz and Macari had RBI’s.

The Grizzlies (3-6) travel to Forest City Thursday night for a 7:30 game at McNair Field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mustangs Slow Down Grizzlies In Martinsville

06/07/2011

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martinsville downed Gastonia 6-3 Tuesday night at Hooker Field.

Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb), Dallas Burke (Missouri Southern State), Adam Hilker (Northern Colorado), Grant Gajdosz (UNC Asheville), Brett Macari (Fort Hays State) and Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey) all hit hits.

Gajdosz, Dylan Nasiatka (Hofstra) and Zeke Blanton (Gardner Webb) collected RBI’s.

Gastonia (3-5) returns home Wednesday night to face Forest City at 7:30 at Sims Legion Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzlies Win First Home Game Of The Season

06/06/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – Gastonia won its first home game of the 2011 season with a 4-1 victory over the Columbia Blowfish Monday night at Sims Legion Park.

The Grizzles (3-4) got all the runs they would need in the first inning and as four pitchers combined to work nine innings of five-hit ball.

Tyler White (Western Carolina) went 3-for-4 with one RBI. Adam Hilker (Northern Colorado) was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb), Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey) and Ryne Briley (Campbell) also collected hits.

Starting pitcher Wayland Moore (Seminole State) earned his first victory of the season on the mound after pitching 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts.

Relievers Tyler Ware (Judson) and Nate Steinmetz (Northern Colorado) together pitched one and two-thirds perfect innings, and closer Derek Epps (Northwestern Oklahoma State) finished out the ninth for his second save of the season.

It was Bark at the Park Night and 63 canines attended the game – a new franchise record.

Gastonia travels to Martinsville Tuesday before returning home Wednesday to face the Forest City Owls at 7:30 p.m.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gastonia Loses On The Road For First Time This Season

 

6/05/2011

ASHEBORO, N.C. - Gastonia lost its first game on the road this season 6-2 at Asheboro Sunday night.

The Grizzlies (2-4) previously had won at Thomasville on Wednesday and at Forest City on Friday and are looking for their first home victory of 2011with three games in Gastonia this week.

Tyler White (Western Carolina) singled to centerfield in the third inning, scoring Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb) and Ryne Briley (Campbell).   He was one of only two players with hits against the Copperheads.  

Zeke Blanton (Gardner Webb) had a single in the sixth inning.

Relievers Brett Macari (Fort Hays State) and Robby Van Cour (New Mexico State) combined to pitch three innings and allowed only two hits and one run.

Gastonia returns home tonight at 7:30 to face the Columbia Blowfish at Sims Legion Park.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzlies Break Single-Game Attendance Record With 4,089 Fans

 

6/04/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia Grizzlies broke the single-game attendance record of 3,788 fans by drawing 4,089 Saturday night versus the Forest City Owls.

“We’re excited this was the biggest crowd in Grizzlies’ history,” said Managing Partner Jesse Cole. “We thank all the fans for coming out tonight. We think this is going to be the start of a great season.”

  

The previous attendance mark was set on Aug. 4, 2009.

The record-breaking crowd was treated to a postgame fireworks celebration.

On the field, the Owls defeated Gastonia 7-4.

Dan Hennigan (Franklin Pierce) went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Ryne Briley (Campbell) was 2-for-4. Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb), Tyler White (Western Carolina), Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey), Dallas Burke (Missouri Southern State), Adam Hilker (Northern Colorado) and Brett Macari (Fort Hays State) all had hits.

Jackson and White both collected RBI’s.

The Grizzlies (2-3) travel to Asheboro Sunday before returning home Monday against the Columbia Blowfish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzlies Shut Out Defending CPL Champs

 

6/03/2011

FOREST CITY, N.C . – Benji Jackson’s two-run homer in the sixth inning lifted Gastonia past Forest City 2-0 Friday night at McNair Field in Forest City.

Jackson (Gardner Webb) finished the night 3-for-4 with two RBI. Tyler White (Western Carolina) went 2-for-4 and Brett Macari (Gardner Webb) added a hit.

Starting pitcher Michael Heesch (South Carolina-Beaufort) allowed only three hits and no runs with six strikeouts over seven innings for the victory. Derek Epps (Northwestern Oklahoma State) earned a save by pitching a scoreless ninth. Nate Steinmetz (Northern Colorado) worked a perfect eighth.

Gastonia (2-2) and Forest City meet again tonight at 7:30 at Sims Legion Park.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzlies Fall To Thomasville 9-4

 

6/02/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – Gastonia fell to Thomasville 9-4 Thursday night at Sims Legion Park.

The Hi-Toms hit a three-run homer in the first inning off starting pitcher Matt Crisp (Limestone College), added five more runs in the fifth inning and got an insurance run in the seventh to keep the Grizzlies winless at home in 2011.

Adam Hilker (Northern Colorado) went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Gastonia battery. Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb) was 1-for-5, Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey) 1-for-4, Tyler White (Western Carolina) 1-for-4,  Grant Gajdosz (UNC Asheville) 1-for-4, Ryne Briley (Campbell) 1-for-4, Dan Hennigan 1-for-4 and Dylan Nisiatka (Hofstra) 1-for-3.

Vasquez had a pair of RBI. Gajdosz and Hennigan both knocked home runs.

Relievers Cole Moore (Erskine College), Brett Macari (Fort Hays State) and Nate Steinmetz combined to work four innings from the bullpen, allowing just three hits and one run.

Gastonia (1-2) travels to Forest City Friday night to face the Owls before Forest City returns the trip to Sims Legion Park Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. start.  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Grizzlies Win First Game Of Season

 

6/01/2011

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Gastonia won its first game of the season Wednesday in Thomasville with a 10-5 victory over the Hi-Toms at Finch Field.

The Grizzlies (1-1) banged out ten hits and got multi-hit performances from Tyler White (Western Carolina) and Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb).

Jackson was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Dan Hennigan (Franklin Pierce), Justin Vasquez (Belmont Abbey), Grant Gajdosz (UNC Asheville), Adam Hilker  (Northern Colorado), Brett Macari (Fort Hays State) and Ryne Briley (Campbell) also had base hits.

White, Gajdosz, Hilker, Macari and Briley each knocked home runs.

Reliever Rick Marks (Cornell) earned the victory from the bullpen. 

Gastonia welcomes Thomasville to Sims Legion Park Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crowd Of Over 3,000 Attends Grizzlies’ Opening Night

 

5/31/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – Over 3,000 fans welcomed in the 2011 season as the Gastonia Grizzlies entertained the Columbia Blowfish Tuesday night at Sims Legion Park.

Managing Partner Jesse Cole announced a crowd of 3,079 attended the season opener.

Tuesday’s attendance was the fourth-best for opening night and the tenth-best overall in franchise history.

However, Gastonia fell to Columbia 9-5.

The Grizzlies led 2-0 before starting pitcher Wayland Moore (Seminole State College) gave up four runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Columbia picked up insurance runs in the top of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Gastonia rallied in the bottom of the eighth with three runs but fell short.

Tyler White (Western Carolina) went 4-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Grizzlies at the plate. Dallas Burke (Missouri Southern State University) was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Benji Jackson (Gardner Webb) also added a hit.

  

Gastonia (0-1) travels to Thomasville Wednesday, then face the Hi-Toms back at Sims Legion Park Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.   

 

 

 

 

 

Trips to Vegas, Diamond Rings and Jersey Shore highlight 2011 Promotions

5/19/2011

Gastonia, NC:  The Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Club announced the promotional schedule today for their 10th anniversary season.  The schedule is highlighted by Las Vegas Night on June 2nd, Jersey Shore Night on July 23rd and the “Great Community Give Back Game” with Dig for the Diamond on July 31st.  The “Great Community Give Back game” will be the first of its kind for the Grizzlies as the game will be completely free for the entire community and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free dinner voucher.   Facet Foundry Jewelry Studio will be sponsoring the “Dig for the Diamond” after the game.

The Grizzlies will give complete access to fans with both the Facebook Fans night and Fans Batting Practice Night.  On Facebook Fans night on June 21st the Grizzlies fans will choose the starting lineup for the Grizzlies, the uniforms, the promotions, the food and drink deals and all the events for the night.  On July 10th all fans will have the opportunity to take batting practice on the field before the game.

 

The two biggest promotions from 2010 are back with “Midnight Madness” on June 24th and Team USA traveling to Sims Park on June 30th.   “Midnight Madness” won best promotion in all of college summer baseball this past fall at the Summer Ball Conference.  Team USA was rained out last year but is back again in 2011.

 

 Other highlights for the 2011 season include the first Bark in the Park on June 6th where fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark.  Teen celebrity Justin Bieber will be celebrated on July 29th with giveaways and dances all night. 

 

Three fireworks nights have been scheduled by the Grizzlies for June 4th, July 2nd and August 2nd.  Opening Night is May 31st and the Grizzlies will unveil all the new renovations at Sims Park and all the new promotions for the 2011 season.  Box seat season tickets are sold out for the season but single game tickets are still available at www.gastoniagrizzlies.com

 

“Our promotions are a big part of what we do each year and we see each game as a different event at the ballpark,” said General Manager Jesse Cole.  “This year is no different as we have planned outrageous giveaways, exciting theme nights and fantastic family fun.  Our goal is to make our fans understand that unless they come to the ballpark, they will miss something.”

2011 Promotional Schedule

 

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 800 alumni drafted and 44 alums make their major league debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).  

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Sims Park to Receive Major Renovations

4/18/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Club have announced today some major renovations for Sims Legion Park.  The biggest change fans will see at the ballpark is a brand new concourse set in front of the Stadium.  The concourse will feature a new ticket booth and two new entrances into the Stadium. 

In addition to the new concourse all three grandstands and the box seats have been painted and there has been fans installed in the main grandstand.

The Grizzlies have started renovations of their own by building an entire new beer garden and expanding it by more than 30 feet.   The Miller Lite Beer Garden will be the first reconstruction of the beer deck since its opening in 2005.

The new look will continue with the new “Gaston Rentals Group Area” in right field where the Grizzlies can now host large groups in the covered area.  The “McDonald’s Kids Zone” has also moved behind the first base bleachers as well.

The addition of the concourse has become a big necessity for the Grizzlies as they have broken their attendance record for three consecutive years.  The expanded group area and beer garden will make it easier for the Grizzlies to host big groups for the years to come.  The team has already sold out their June 4th game for the 2011 season. 

“This is the biggest renovation to Sims Park in the last 30 years, said Managing Partner Jesse Cole.  “We appreciate all the help from the City with teaming up with us on this project.  This concourse will give us the opportunity to host thousands of fans comfortably on any given night.  We are also very excited about the fans in the grandstand and the new opportunity to host large groups in the new group area and new beer garden.”

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 700 alumni drafted and 36 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.

 

 

 
 

Grizzlies Welcome Three Players Back-Burke, Potter, Van Cour

4/14/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Club announced today the signing of Dallas Burke from Missouri Southern State University, Austin Potter from Western Oregon University and Robby Van Cour from Barton Community College.

Burke, a 6-1, 200 pound junior, started in 46 games for the Grizzlies in 2010 and finished the season with a .972 fielding percentage.  He recorded 41 hits and 22 RBIs for the season with a .343 on base percentage. Burke is second in batting average for Missouri Southern with a .377. 

 

Potter, a 6-3, 220 pound junior, started 41 games for the Grizzlies in 2010.  Potter batted .222 with 8 doubles and 2 home runs and 17 RBIs to go along with a .944 fielding percentage.

 

Van Cour, a 6-1, 195 pound sophomore, led the 2010 Grizzlies in appearances with 25 and ERA of .68. He held a perfect fielding percentage with no errors committed. While leading the team in ERA, Van Cour limited opponents to a .193 batting average. 

 

“Dallas will be looked upon to take a leadership role this summer, said head coach Jason Plourde. He’s very versatile as you saw last summer, being able to catch and play the outfield. He's a great player and even a better person."

“Robby was a workhorse for us last year out of the pen. He played a huge role in our success last year, and I think he will be even better this summer. He's a great clubhouse guy that keeps everyone loose.”

“Austin was very versatile last summer for us and I look for him to do the same this year, playing both 3B and pitching. Offensively he should help supply the power for the Grizzlies offense.

 

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrationg its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both the players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 800 alumni drafted and 39 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).

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Grizzlies Sign Two From Gardner-Webb
Jackson
Blanton

3/22/2011

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Club announced today the signing of Zeke Blanton and Benji Jackson from Gardner-Webb University.

Blanton, a 6-0, 200 pound outfielder from Forest City starred for the Grizzlies in 2010. Blanton started 32 games for the Grizzlies and was fifth on the team with 33 hits and stole eleven bases.

As a Junior at Gardner Webb, Blanton is batting .294 with 16 RBIs and seven stolen bases.  Before joining Gardner Webb, Blanton played for College World Series bound North Carolina Tar Heels in 2008 where he played in 19 games.

Jackson, a 6-4, 190 pound outfielder from Huntersville leads the team with two homeruns and is third on the team in on base percentage at .478.  Jackson also sports a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 “We are excited to have Zeke back for the 2011 season,” said Head Coach Jason Plourde.  “He is a great hitter and his speed will serve as a catalyst for this team. Benji is another great athlete that will patrol the outfield. Offensively he will add some pop to our lineup as well as being a threat on the bases.”

The Grizzlies home opener is May 31st  against the Columbia Blowfish. Limited season tickets are available.  For more information call the Grizzlies front office at 704-866-8622 or visit the website at www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 700 alumni drafted and 36 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.

 

 
 
Voice of the Grizzlies Signs Two Year Deal

2/1/2011

GASTONIA, N.C.The Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team announced today the signing of Brian Rushing to a two year deal with the Grizzlies.  Rushing the “Voice of the Grizzlies” will continue his role as PA Announcer and emcee for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Rushing began his tenure with the Grizzlies in 2008 and has been a part of the record breaking attendance the past three seasons.  Rushing has been known to bring a new level of excitement to park with his energetic and fun style of announcing.  In addition to being the Voice of the Grizzlies, Rushing blogs throughout the year on the Grizzlies website with his section titled Bear-ly Blogging.


“Today is another great day for VoiceCarolinas,” said Rushing.  “Having a multi-year deal in place gives us more opportunity to bring world-class excitement to Sims Park.  VoiceCarolinas has developed a solid relationship with the Grizzlies and we are so grateful to work so closely with Jesse Cole and his staff.

“For me personally, I still feel like the kid in the candy store.  I have loved Sims Park as long as I remember as well as the people that show up night after night.  It’s an honor to call this home every summer.”

Managing Partner Jesse Cole shared the excitement, “Brian has become a part of the Grizzlies family. He is instrumental part of what we are trying to accomplish every night during the season in making the Grizzlies the best show in town. His energy and enthusiasm is second to none and we couldn’t be more excited to continue this long term relationship and continue to keep fans having fun at Sims Park.”

Brian and the Grizzlies will open the season at home on May 31st against the Columbia Blowfish.  There are only 33 box seat season tickets available for the 2011 season, for more information visit www.gastoniagrizzlies.com

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 700 alumni drafted and 36 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.


 

 
 
Grizzlies Sign Two From Michigan
Stephens
McAnallen

1/18/2011

Gastonia, NC-The Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Club have announced their first signings for the 2011 season.  For the first time in history two Wolverines from the University of Michigan will be playing in Gastonia this summer as First baseman Garrett Stephens and left handed pitcher Logan McAnallen have signed contracts.

Stephens, a 6’3”, 220 pound Red-shirt Junior played in 32 games last season for Michigan, while seeing time in left field and at first base.  Stephens had 4 multi-RBI games and hit his first career grand slam in tenth inning at Indiana on April 2nd.

McAnallen, a 6’3”, 200 pound Red-shirt Freshman will make his debut for Michigan after starring for four years at Dewitt High School in Dewitt, Michigan.  McAnallen set numerous records at Dewitt including single game strikeouts, career strikeouts on his way to being named All Region and All District.


“We are excited to be starting a relationship with the University of Michigan baseball program,” said Head Coach Jason Plourde.  “Garrett is a versatile player that can play either corner infield spot or move to the outfield. He's a plus defender that will also provide some pop to the middle of the lineup.  Logan adds a left-handed arm to our staff that can either start or relieve. He'll pitch to contact and control the running game.”

The Grizzlies home opener is May 31st and ticket packages are available on the all new Grizzlies website www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.  There are only 43 Box Seat Season Tickets remaining for the season and are $150 for tickets to all 29 games.

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL 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 700 alumni drafted and 36 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.

 

 
 
Former Grizzly and Oriole Back to Coach

1/4/11

Gastonia, NC-The Gastonia Grizzlies are proud to announce the addition of former Grizzlies standout and Baltimore Orioles farmhand Tyler Sexton to the coaching staff.

Sexton, a graduate of Western Carolina starred for the Grizzlies in 2005 before beginning a three year career in the Baltimore Orioles farm system.   In 2008 Sexton was selected in the 31st round by the Baltimore Orioles.  In three seasons pitching for the Bluefield Orioles and Aberdeen Ironbirds Sexton pitched in 40 games and had a career ERA of 4.49. 

As a left-handed pitcher at Western Carolina Sexton finished among career leaders in numerous pitching statistics and was named All Southern Conference after his Junior season.  Pitching for the Grizzlies in 2005, Sexton helped lead the Grizzlies to the Coastal Plain League playoffs, finishing with a 5-2 record and leading the team in appearances.


“It is a thrill to be back in Gastonia,” said Sexton.  “I enjoyed my time here in 2005 and I couldn’t imagine a better place to begin my coaching career.  My main goal is to help each pitcher develop during the summer and hopefully put a team in a great position to win the Petit Cup.”

Coach Plourde said, “As a pro ball guy Tyler is a great asset to our pitching staff.  He knows the league, knows how to prepare himself and knows what it takes to be successful.”

Sexton will join hitting coach Sean Alexander who is back for his second year with the Grizzlies.  Alexander and Plourde helped lead the Grizzlies to the most wins in franchise history and the first ever Silver Cup victory over the Forest City Owls.


 

 
Midnight Madness/ Team USA Highlights Grizzlies 2011 Schedule
11/24/2010
Gastonia, NC- The Gastonia Grizzlies announced today the release of their 2011 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by the June 24th Midnight Madness Game against the Forest City Owls and the June 30th game against Team USA

Midnight Madness recently won best promotion in all of college summer baseball at the 2010 Summer Ball Conference. In 2010 Midnight Madness drew 3,105 fans and included a pregame party, play catch with the Grizzlies, and Grizzlies Home Run Derby.

The Grizzlies will host Team USA on June 30th after the game in 2010 was rained out. USA Baseball uses the national team to showcase the best American baseball in the country. Many of Former players include 2009 #1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg and a list of MLB All-Stars including Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire, and 2008 American League MVP Dustin Pedroia.

The Grizzlies home opener is Tuesday May 31st against the Columbia Blowfish.

The schedule includes seven All You Can Eat & Drink Tuesday games, five of the popular Thirsty Thursday games and eleven weekend games.

"We couldn't be more excited about our 2011 schedule, said General Manager Jesse Cole. Midnight Madness and Team USA are primed and ready to be the biggest games of the year. We are also very excited about our heavy load of Tuesday, Thursday and weekend games."

In 2011 the Grizzlies will start games at 7:30PM with a few exceptions that will be announced in the spring.
 

 
Midnight Madness Wins Best Promotion! 
11/29/2010
The Gastonia Grizzlies “Midnight Madness” has been named the Best Promotion in all of college summer baseball at the 2nd Annual Summer Ball Conference.

Over 75 teams attended the 2010 Summer Ball Conference. The Grizzlies “Midnight Madness” edged out the Green Bay Bullfrogs, John Anderson Bobblehead Night. This was the first awards gala of its kind for college summer baseball which has a total of over 400 teams.

“Midnight Madness” was the first midnight game in the history of the Coastal Plain League. The gates opened at 8:00 PM and featured a Home Run Derby, Bed Races, Play Catch with the Grizzlies, a Live Band and hotel suite giveaways. Fans received discounts for wearing pajamas and breakfast foods were served late into the night.

Local company, Wix bought more than 1,350 tickets for the night which helped the Grizzlies
attract 3,150 fans to Sims Legion Park. The last fan entered the stadium at 1:49 in the morning and the game came to an end at 2:11AM.

“We are honored to receive this award from the Summer Ball Conference, said Managing Partner Jesse Cole. “This is an award that belongs to our whole front office and the Gaston County Community. The outpouring of support from the community was amazing and we can’t wait to have Midnight Madness again in 2011.”

 

 
Plourde Back to Coach Grizzlies in 2011
GASTONIA, N.C.The Gastonia Grizzlies have signed Head Coach Jason Plourde to a one year extension for the 2011 season.

In 2010, Coach Plourde led the Grizzlies to the most successful season in franchise history. The team broke the record for wins with 37 and won the most playoff games in history, advancing to the CPL Semifinals.

The Grizzlies 37-24 won their first 2nd half division title with an 18-10 record and were the #4 seed in the CPL Playoffs. During the 2nd half the Grizzlies had the longest winning streak in team history with nine straight wins. The streak helped the Grizzlies receive their first national ranking as the Perfect Game Crosschecker ranked the Grizzlies as the 17th best team in the country.

“This was a no-brainer decision for our organization, said General Manager Jesse Cole. In his first season he took over and pushed the Grizzlies to new heights. First national ranking, most wins and most playoff wins are outstanding accomplishments. What impresses me most about JP is that he is never satisfied. He wants to bring a championship to Gastonia and that is his main goal.”

In 2011 Plourde will handle all the recruiting for the Grizzlies and will bring in two assistant coaches.

“I was very pleased with the 2010 team," said Jason Plourde. “They were great people and great baseball guys and they loved being a part of the community. It was a great group to be around. I look forward to bringing back some of these guys and having new players just like them in 2011.”

“The 2010 team was special group and I’ll never forget them. I hope to assemble a group of similar guys this summer and hopefully bring home the first championship to Gastonia.”