… 2nd Annual Greater Piedmont Hot Stove Dinner returns to Salisbury on January 29th

After a one year hiatus due to the Pandemic, The 14th Annual Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Awards Dinners and the 2nd Annual Greater Piedmont Hot Stove League Award Dinner are set for a big return! The long-time student recognition events designed to honor baseball and softball players and teams in the area will be held on three consecutive weekends in January and February.

The Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Softball Awards will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at the Sheraton Airport and Conference Center in Charlotte. The Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Baseball Awards will be held on Sunday, February 6th at the Charlotte Sonesta Hotel. The 2nd Annual Greater Piedmont Hot Stove League Baseball and Softball Awards Night on Saturday, January 29th at the West End Plaza in Salisbury.

These annual award nights honor the top baseball and softball players and teams in the Greater Charlotte and Greater Piedmont regions.

The first-class evenings of fun and fellowship are designed to bring both the baseball and softball communities together to honor the game and the youth that work hard to excel on and off the field of play. The Greater Charlotte Hot Stove Dinner features an honor roll of former award winners including; 2017 Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Corey Seager of the LA Dodgers; former Major League player Richie Shaffer, current Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton, current LA Angel Luke Bard, current Kansas City Royal Jackson Kowar and many others. Current and former college softball stars Carrie Eberle,Lexi Davis, Sarah Mooney, Brittany Pickett, Constance Orr, Mattie Nuccio and Leah Murray are among previous softball award winners. New award winners will be announced at the 13th Annual Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Baseball and Softball Dinners and the Greater Piedmont Baseball and Softball Award Dinner.

This year will mark the second year of holding a separate event for Charlotte softball players.
“The time had come to hold a separate event for the Greater Charlotte Softball community,” said Tripp Roakes, Founder of the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League. “Softball is growing by leaps and bounds and this area is producing so many college softball players. I wanted these young ladies to have their own night to celebrate their success and the success of the game of softball. We had moved beyond capacity with the last few events held together with over 800 guests and the natural move was to have softball stand out on its own instead of sharing the stage with baseball.”
The second year of a Hot Stove League Awards night in the Greater Piedmont region is also very exciting.

“I grew up in Salisbury, it’s where I learned to play the game. The amount of talented baseball and softball players in the Greater Piedmont Area is always high. Every year I watch so many kids sign with colleges and and achieve high honors. The first event in Salisbury was a sell out and we have a huge location at West End Plaza for the event!”

In addition to the award banquets, guests will enjoy dinner, the annual presentation of the Coach Lou Presutti Award, autograph sessions with all the finalists, a silent auction with exciting items, a Yeti Cooler raffle and fellowship with other members of the Baseball and Softball Communities. The previous thirteen years have witnessed sold out crowds and full houses will be anticipated with each event.

The nomination period for each event are now open. Finalists in all categories will be announced in late December. Tickets are available for sale at

Eligible Counties

Greater Charlotte Baseball and Softball Awards
Mecklenburg, Union, York, Lancaster, Lincoln, Gaston, Cabarrus (Hickory Ridge HS), Iredell (Lake Norman HS)

Greater Piedmont Baseball and Softball Awards
Cabarrus, Davie, Davidson, Iredell, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly