Blue Ridge Spring Dinger
The Blue Ridge Spring Dinger will be a new event in 2019. The idea is we will use fields that are normally used for youth events. We will have mounds and 60’/90′ artificial infields and 320′ outfield fences. It is a mid-week event that will be played Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in early April. The idea is to give the 60+ players from up north a place to shake off the rust before they begin their own league. But with the shortened fences, a homerun could be a possibility.
The event will be held at Bob Lewis Park, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in beautiful Candler, NC. It is very close to Asheville, which has a wonderful downtown designed for pedestrians. It is also very close to the one and only Biltmore Estates, which may be the closest thing we have to a castle on American soil. We may be able to swing an Asheville Tourists game, if they playing yet and are in town.
We will offer a practice field on Monday, April 8 for a $25 fee. There are only so many spots, so we will be accepting them on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact us directly by email or at 330-923-3400.
We will be holding a homerun contest on Monday afternoon on the small field, 300′ fence all the way around. The first ever Dinger Derby long-ball contest will go from 4-5 pm on field 3. No extra fee will be required to compete. The plan is to give each batter 12 pitches from a pitching machine. Note, the number of pitches may change depending on number of competitors. So, if you are in town then, we urge you to come out and watch, even if you don’t hit.
There will also be a player reception at the Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, Monday evening starting at 6:30 pm. All players are invited with guests. You may also check-in at the reception and get that out of the way.
Bob Lewis Park – Asheville, NC – April 9, 10 & 11, 2019