HISTORY OF THE GREATER CHARLOTTE HOT STOVE LEAGUE DINNER AWARDS

The baseball term “hot stove” is affiliated with the time of year when those associated with America’s past time, whether it is players, managers, front office personnel or fans, discuss the summer game during the winter months. Even before the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1920, folks sat around the hot stove to debate and discuss the significance of their team’s transactions. Even though air conditioning and furnaces have replaced the iron stove as sources of heat, the term hot stove is still quite common in baseball vernacular. A place it is used frequently is to reference baseball banquets that take place during the off-season. The banquets are held to celebrate the game of baseball and to reward those in the game that contribute to its success.

The growth of the event has been truly amazing. In just seven short years the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Dinner has grown from 180 guests in 2008 to over 700 in 2015.

High School Baseball Player of the Year High School Softball Player of the Year
2008
Richie Shaffer
2008
Constance Orr
2009
Tyler Tewell
2009
Kalie Lang
2010
Brian Holberton
2010
Jen Rosene
2011
Brett Austin
2011
Sarah Mooney
2012
Corey Seager
2012
Lexi Davis
2013
Alexander Bostic
2013
Madison Arroyo
2014
Brooks Kennedy / Ryder Ryan
2014
Mattie Nuccio
2015
Andrew Moritz / Xavier Legrant
2015
Leah Murray
2016
Jake Holtzapple
2016
Brittany Pickett
2017
Alec Burleson
2017
Courtney Dean
   
Youth Baseball Player of the Year Youth Softball Player of the Year
2008
Chase Arnold
2008
Erin Kayton
2009
Nick Salisbury
2009
Elena Covert
2010
Daniel Calabretta
2010
Peyton Jordan
2011
Ryder Ryan
2011
Katie Williford
2012
Max Wottell
2012
Brooke McCurry
2013
Nick Bruno
2013
Carrie Eberle
2014
Jonah Beamon
2014
Julianna Roupas
2015
Jonah Beamon / Jonathan Perez
2015
Lindsay Perillo
2016
Ray Torres
2016
Gabby Baylog
2017
Bennett Wolf
2017
Ally Bigham
   
Scholar-Athlete of the Year High School Team of the Year
2009
Steven Hummell
2009
Ardrey Kell High School
2010
Alex Baker & Grant Fisher
2010
Charlotte Christian School
2011
Justin Hammond 
2011
Charlotte Catholic High School
2012
Colin Walls
2012
Marvin Ridge High School
2013
David Marvin
2013
Weddington High School
2014
Matt Ball
2014
South Mecklenburg High School
2015
Max Bazin
2015
Charlotte Christian School
2016
Logan Davidson
2016
Providence High School
2017
Owen Capps
2017
Marvin Ridge High School
   
Adam Faulk Tanksley Spirit Award High School Pitcher of the Year
2010
Ben Boykin
2010
Ryan Butler
2011
Michael Russell
2011
Peter Hendel
2012
Ally Yeager
2012
Trent Thornton
2013
Jordan Goodman
2013
Bailey Ober
2014
Nick Owens
2014
Corey Sikes
2015
Coach Jon Tuscan
2015
Max Wotell
2016
Ryan Kirk / Alyssa Herlocker
2016
Henry Ryan / Jake Kuchmaner
2017
Gavin Canipe 
2017
Jake Kuchmaner / Nicholas Swiney
   
York County Player of the Year Youth Team of the Year
2009
Seth Neely
2010
Community House Middle School Baseball
2010
Brad Zebidis
2011
South Park Youth Assoc. All Stars
2012
Kyle Whitman
2012
MARA 12U & WCWAA 11U
2013
Tad Martin
2013
Lady Blues 16U Softball
2014
Josh Crump / Dalton Helms
2014
Weddington Middle School Baseball
2015
Clay Hunt
2015
Charlotte Country Day Middle School
2016
Cuthbertson Middle School JV Baseball
2017
South Charlotte Rec, 9U All Stars
   
Baseball “Gamer” Of The Year Contributions to Youth Award
2012
Michael Patrick
2011
Zan Copeland
2013
Chris Clare / Kirk Morgan
2014
Landon Kay / Hunter Jones High School Softball Pitcher of the Year
2015
Reece Hampton
2015
Keleigh Romine
2016
Justin Williams
2016
Carrie Eberle
2017
Satchel Jerzembeck
2017
Jaelin Griffin
   
Softball “Gamer” of the Year Nations Baseball Umpire Award
2012
Emily Usiak
2011
David Bottonfield
2013
Kara Salvo
2014
Jordan Keene Baseball Leadership Award
2015
Maddie Furr
2015
Jackson Dean
2016
Casey Bigham
2016
Luke Orr
2017
Kyrah Phelix
2017
Max Lahn
   
Crystal Carolina Sports Baseball Team of the Year Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year
2011
Concord Diamond Dawgs
2011
Caitlin Kurtz
2012
Carolina Slammers (12U & up)
2012
Melanie Runkle
Mooresville Legends (11U and under)
2013
Kimberly Rivers
2013
Charlotte Megastars (12U and up)
2014
Katie Brock
SBA Canes Suarez  (11U and under)
2015
Ashley McGowan
2014
SBA Canes 10U (11U and under)
2016
Emily Clinton
Cherryville Roadrunners (12U and up)
2017
Lindsey Powell
2015
SBA Canes Cruz 10U (11U and under)
Southern Express 12U (12U and up)
2016
Charlotte Athletics 11U (11U and under)
2016
Team Carolina 15U  (12U and up) Community Heroes Award
2017
Charlotte Astros 10U (11U and under)
2016
Tom Hay Coggins / Megan Campany
2017
Gaston Grizzlies 14U (12U and up)
2017
Mitchell Salvino
   
Nations Baseball Team of Excellence High School Coach of the Year
2013
South Charlotte Thunder 9U
2013
Jimmy Cochran
2014
Coul-Oak Cannons 10U
2014
Travis Poole
2015
Team Carolina 14U
2016
Danny Hignight/Mark Mennitt
2016
HQ Clippers 15U Grey
2017
Jim Cerbie
2017
Team 24 Gamecocks 11U & 12U
   
Baseball Catcher of the Year Award Baseball Rising Star Award
2016
Kevin Dobos
2016
Tate Pennington/Cam Brantley/Rohan Handa
2017
Drew Donathan
2017
Jeremiah Boyd/Jonah Beamon/J T Killen

Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Award Criteria
The Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Award finalists and winners are chosen by a selection committee of 11 members.  Committee members represent each area of the Greater Charlotte community.  Voters include; coaches, umpires, observers, media members and others that have a vast history and knowledge of both baseball and softball in the area.

The Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League places athletics, academics and character as very important components in the selection process.  We strongly believe 100% in the Student-Athlete concept and the building of well-balanced student-athletes. Each finalist recognized tonight should be considered as a winner. They have risen to the top of their chosen sport and displayed the work ethic needed to become the very best they can possibly be.  Many will go on to college and professional playing careers while others will become the leaders of tomorrow with outstanding academic resumes.  With the leadership many have shown to date in the classroom and on the field, we have no doubt that these same student-athletes will help to make our community and world a better place.

Yes, one winner will be called on stage for each award, but it is very important to remember that all finalists are winners.  We salute each and every finalist and their families for a job well done.