Mr. BB&T Ballpark
Kyle Shelton played an integral role in Tuesday night’s 8-7 win over Frederick. Shelton blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning and then tripled and scored the game-winning run in the eighth to give the Dash their 100th regular season win at BB&T Ballpark. The win marked a third major milestone that Shelton has been a part of at BB&T Ballpark.
The Charlotte native was on the Dash roster in 2010 and played in the inaugural game at BB&T Ballpark. Shelton spent the entirety of 2010 in Winston-Salem and finished with a .301 average, four home runs and 31 RBI in 68 games.
Shelton started the 2011 season in Winston-Salem. He etched his name in Dash lore during one of the most memorable games in the history of the Carolina League. On May 19, 2010 the Dash and Myrtle Beach engaged in an epic, 20-inning contest. With the bullpen exhausted, Shelton came on to pitch in the top of the 20th inning. He allowed a leadoff single but worked around it to retire the next three batters. The Dash won in the bottom of the inning and Shelton recorded a win in his professional pitching debut. He also hit a home run in the second inning in the game.
Tuesday night’s game was Shelton’s 4th start with the Dash this season after he was activated off the DL and reassigned from Triple-A Charlotte. The timely occurrence allowed the longtime Dash member to be a part of another significant milestone in the young history of BB&T Ballpark. As the Dash continue to thrive at home, the achievements will continue to grow.
For now though, Kyle Shelton has become synonymous with the signpost memories of BB&T Ballpark.