…   Baseball and Softball Players Will Be Honored With Unique Events

… New Event Will Honor Greater Piedmont Student-Athletes  in Salisbury on January 25th.

The 13th Annual Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Awards Dinners will be held on different nights this year to honor baseball and softball players and teams in the area.  The incredible growth of the long time event has led to the creation of unique events for each sport in 2020.

The Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Softball Awards will be held on Saturday, February 1st at the Sheraton Airport and Conference Center in Charlotte.

The Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Baseball Awards will be held on Sunday, February 9th at the Charlotte Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Making its debut this year will be the 1st Annual Greater Piedmont Hot Stove League Baseball and Softball Awards Night on Saturday, January 25th 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.

These 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 and many others.   Current and former college softball stars 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.

“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 addition 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 then of course this year we all got to watch the Rowan Little League Softball Team with the World Series.   I have a lot of special things planned for this new 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 twelve years have witnessed sold out crowds and full houses will be anticipated with each event.

The nomination period for each event is open now until mid-December. Finalists in all categories will be announced in January. Tickets are available for sale at www.hotstovedinner.com.

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, Rowan, Stanly