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Kannapolis over Powered!


West Virginia Power vs. Kannapolis Intimidators

The Power are the low single A affiliate of the Pirates and the Kannapolis Intimidators are the low A affiliate of the White Sox.

CMC-Northeast Stadium

Kannapolis, N.C.

This is my 8th game on the road trip.

Since I was heading to charlotte to see my Cousins that live there I figured I would go to a game in Kannapolis I have been there before, but since I have never got a South Atlantic League Ball I knew they had a spot where you could watch batting practice and see if I could snag one so I headed out behind the field and almost immediately found a ball.


Here it is before I picked it up. So I was like great I finally got the elusive S.A.L. ball. I pick it up and it is not a S.A.L. ball but and MLB ball I than noticed that it had a logo and I just laughed…..


….because here I am 1600 miles from Denver and the first ball I find was a 20th Anniversary Rockies logo ball. Now they have been hard to come by in Denver unless you get a game ball or a toss up during practice.

So I kept searching for the S.A.L. ball and the next one I found was a Minor League practice ball. By then One of my cousins headed out and found another Minor League Practice ball still not finding a S.A.L. ball. Now the reason I have called the S.A.L. ball elusive is because of the amount of game I have seen in this league and have never got one. Many of the stadiums don’t have great availability for batting practice and I have never got a game ball from any of them and that was with seeing 3 games in Greensboro, 2 in Ashville, 1 in Lexington and the previous game in Kannapolis. So 7 games in the last 3 years and did not get one.

So I than found one and the quest for the Elusive S.A.L ball was over not even 2 minutes or so later I found a second!!!!

IMG_20130709_174526These are the 2 S.A.L. baseballs I found on my Easter egg hunt behind the stadium. In total I found 4 and my cousin found 1 and a half basically he found a ball with no cover that was pretty beat up.


It was time to head in, one of the biggest differences was they had changed the stadiums name since the last time I was there. It use to be Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. It is now CMC-Northeast Stadium.


An interesting thing they do in this stadium is post the Nextel Cup standings.

IMG_9654Here is a view of the main building at the stadium. It is where the main entrance is, souvenir store and the stadiums suites are located! even the last time I mentioned that this stadium felt like it was in someone’s back yard which is something I like about this stadium.

Here is a link from my last game in Kannapolis.



The players cam out to warm up and after the normal stretching and throwing they broke up into groups of 4 and played pepper which is a exercise/game that was more common years ago. this is the first time I have seen it.


Braulio Ortiz throwing the first pitch to Barrett Barnes, he would hit a lead-off single.


Barnes dives back on a throw over to first base.


The second batter for the Power Dilson Herrera popped out to the Intimidators catcher Brent Tanner.


Tyler Glasnow was the starting pitcher for the Powers he is currently the #19 prospect in the Pirates organization. Besides hitting the second batter in the inning he pitched very well striking out 2 in the 1st. IMG_9738The Intimidators first batter Jacob May broke his bat on Glasnows first or second pitch.


May hit him self with the handle part of the bat. The trainer actually use the towel they always come out of the dugout with.


After he got back in the box he hit a soft hit that the Powers third base man fielded for the out at first.


The batter that did get on base in the inning was Tim Anderson, after getting on base he stole second!


The Powers lead off batter in the 2nd was Eric Wood.


He hit the ball to the track in center, but it was caught by Kannapolis’ center fielder Jacob May. The Power would have 2 runners in the inning. Max Moroff the second batter of the inning walked and the third Walker Gourley reached on a fielding error by the short stop Tim Anderson.


Designated Hitter Michael Johnson hitting a 2nd inning single to Eric Woods at third.


Johnson would reach base on a throw that got past the Powers first base man Walker Gourley. It was not ruled an error it was a base hit foe Johnson. He may have been able to get to second but remained at first.


Ortiz pitching with a runner on in the 3rd inning. The runner for the Power was Josh Bell who hit a single to get on base. Both teams failed to score in the 3rd. The Intimidators did have a scoring opportunity Kale Kisner reached on a single but was throw out at second trying to steal second base two batters later Tim Anderson hit a double which most likely could have scored Kisner from first or second if he did steal the base successfully. That would have given the Intimidators a 1 run lead.


Things got very rough for the Intimidators starter Ortiz in the 4th. After Max Moroff singled with one out. Walker Gourley followed that up with a single also then two batters in a row walked first, Francisco Diaz and then Raul Fortunado. The second walk brought in the Powers first run scoring Moroff from third. (1-0) Power Their second run came on a sac fly by Barrett Barnes to center and that scored Gourley. (2-0) Power. Besides the 4th inning runs Ortiz pitched well he did work himself out of a situation with 2 runners on in the 2nd and he stayed in the game through the 6th inning. After the 4th inning he came out very strong in the 5th. the first batter of the inning Josh Bell grounded out and he then struck out Jordan steranka and eric would to end the inning. He did walk the lead-off batter in the 6th but then had the second batter hit into a double play by keeping the ball low and on the ground for hits and finished the inning with his 4th strike out of the game.


Alex Power pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Intimidators. He pitched well in 7th and let up a run in the 8th. Eric Wood Scored on a Walker Gourley single. (3-0) Power


Max Moroff sliding into 3rd on the Gourley single.


Jason Coats hit into a double play with runners on 2nd and third. The Powers Dolson Herrera stepping on second and turning the throw to first.


Coats out a first.


Keon Barnum hitting a RBI scoring single.


Jacob May scoring the Intimidators first and only run in the 9th inning. Brent Tanner would ground out to end the game. The Power would win with the 3-1 score.


The Power celebrate their victory in Kannapolis. After this game they are 46-41 on the season and The Intimidators are not being to intimidating in The S.A.L with a  34- and 53 record.

That is it for this one in Kannapolis may have another game coming up this weekend before heading back to Denver for the All-Star week and Roxivus next weekend.

Till then see you around.

Grabbed the Keys and Dashed to Winston-Salem.


Frederick Keys Vs. Winston-Salem Dash

BB&T Ballfield Winston-Salem,N.C

The Frederick Keys are the high A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Winston-Salem Dash are the high A Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The both are in the Carolina League.

The Dash hosted the 2012 High A All-Star game. Which was California League Vs. Carolina League. The Modesto Nuts Tyler Matzek played in this game which is the Rockies High A affiliate in The California League.

Before heading to Winston-Salem I headed to downtown Charlotte to view the future site of BB&T Ball Park Home of The Charlotte Knights.

This is the home plate for the Future Stadium. The Construction is set to start in October and will Be ready for the 2014 season.

So than I headed about an hour and a half north to Winston-Salem. I arrived at the stadium bout 1 hour before the stadium opened. Got my ticket and walked around the outside of the stadium. This stadium opened in 2010.

Here is a look from outside the stadium. This Stadium is also called BB&T BallPark. Not sure how that will work once they build the stadium of the same name in Charlotte. These teams are in 2 different leagues.

The front of the stadium is also where the V.I.P. and player parking. This is the best view I was able to get of it without being on the highway that is next to the stadium.

The stadium is not located to far from the downtown area.

After walking around the stadium and hanging outside the stadium, I headed inside. Here is a look from behind home plate.

As always I took  walk around the stadium to see what it has to offer. They did not have much about the team history but the did have these boards bout players who have played in the Carolina League. This one is of Dwight Gooden. They also had 24 of them that I saw. Some of the other players were Wade Boggs, Albert Pujols, Carl Yastremski, Jim Thome, Lenny Dykstra, Barry Bonds, and Lawrence “Crash” Davis the name was made known by the Movie Bull Durham. Davis was really a mid infielder, not a catcher like in the movie.

So as I headed to my seat players started heading out for warm ups here is a look as they were running.

This is the Dash’s starting pitcher Matt Heidenreich warming up in the bullpen. He is 7-2 on the year for the Dash. The Dash were 47-36 heading into this game and 1st in their division.

Miguel Gonzalez catches in the bullpen.

Juan Silvero gets some throws in during warm ups.

Heidenreich throwing the first pitch to the Keys John Ruettiger. Ruettiger lead the game off with  single. The keys would send 5 batters to the plate and had 2 hits, Ty Kelly also hit one.


Ruettiger got on first because the Dash’s Michael Johnson pulled his foot off the bag.

The Dash’s Marcus Siemen started the game off with  hit to left and tried to stretch it into a double.  He was tagged out at second. Carlos Sanchez grounded out and Brady Shoemaker struck out.

Carlos Sanchez takes a swing in the first inning.

Brady Shoemaker swings for the strike out.

Travis Adair strikes out for the 2nd out of the 2nd inning.

Birdzerk was also there Birdzerk is an on field entertainer that travel from stadium to stadium. You can youtube Birdzerk and check out the on field antics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu327EnLxxY this is a clip from another game.

Miguel Gonzalea gets the first hit for the Dash in the 3rd inning. The Dash would only get 2 hits off the Keys starting pitcher Trent Howard in 5 innings. This game was a complete pitches duel til the middle of the game. Beside the 2 hits in the first for the Keys they only had 3 other baserunners a walk in the 4th and 5th inning and a Ty Kelly hit in the 6th.

Here he is on first with the first base coach.

Trent Howard pitching in the 4th inning. In the 4th I took a little walk around the stadium to get some different views of the stadium.

Here he is pitching to Trayce Thompson from behind home plate.

The arrow shows where my seat was down the first base line.

The score board after 4 innings.

Heidenreich still pitching strong in the 5th inning. He did walk a batter but kept the No,No in tack.

The walked batter Johnny Ruettiger steals 2nd.

Trent Mummey swings and hits and grounds out to first.

Brandon Erbe warming up in the 5th.  He would come in to pitch in the 6th.

Ty Kelly batting in the 5th. this is a look from right field.

Kelly sends one up the middle.

Kelly stepping on first.

A little bullpen fun!

Dylan Bundy flew out to right to end the 6th inning.

Marcus Sieman sac bunt in the 6th moving Michael Johnson to second.

David Hankerd watches the ball fly to right center for his home run in the 6th inning scoring 3 runs for the Dash.(4-0) Dash

Between the 6th and 7th inning they had a baby race. After a minute or so no baby moved, the one furthest from the start one which did not look much different from this photo. After about 15 seconds I gave up and went for water.

Garabez Rosa hit a solo home run  in the 7th inning. (4-1) Dash

Ruettiger crash lands into second for a stolen base in the 7th.

Chris Basset warms up in the Dash’s bullpen.

You know it is hot when the tranning staff comes out and brings the Ump. cold towels. It was 99 degrees at first pitch and still 97 in the 8th inning.

Carlos Sanchez sliding into second on a Brady Shoemaker hit Sanchez ended up on third and Shoemaker on second after a bad throw. You can see the ball passing the keys second baseman Kelly.

Matt Bywater pitched for the Keys in the 8th inning. The dash scored 4 more runs in the inning. 3 comimg from a David Herbek triple with bases loaded. (8-1) Dash.

Turning first when he got the first run of the iining hitting a single scoring Sanchez.

After getting into trouble in the 9th Basset got out of the 9th and the game was over. In the inning he walked 3 gave up a hit and 1 run. (8-2) Dash was the final score.  The Stadium in winston-Salem was really nice also had a childrens ply area in left center and a number of patio ares in the outfield. The childrens area featured a Carousel which I thought I had a photo of but guess it did not take because I am having trouble with  lens.  i met a bunch of nice people at this game. The area I was sittin in had a Cub Scout pack that was going to camp on the field after the game.

It was a hot night in Winston-Salem and worth the drive. this game was not on my schedule and I did not even know about it til some mentioned the team in Winston-Salem the night before. I looked it up and found out that this was the last hoe game for them while I was in the area. This was also my first high a game. After the game I went to the bullpen and was able to get a ball from the bat boy who was cleaning it up. It was a Carolina Legue Ball that was way abused. It had a huge gash in it right over where it says Carolina League .

Here is a look at it. Not the best but still a ball and from a League I do not have one from.

That is it for this one. My next game is Tuesday or Wenesday in Greensboro.

For more info on the Winston-Salem Dash visit thier website :http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t580

Frederick Keys: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t493

or The Carolina League: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=l122