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Game #61 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #61 – Road Game #33
Winston-Salem Dash (25-34) at Carolina Mudcats (29-30)
Friday, June 12 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)


Matt Heidenreich fanned a career-high 10 batters, and Jake Peter accounted for all three Dash runs in Winston-Salem’s 3-2, series-clinching victory Thursday over Wilmington. The Dash begin a three-game series Friday at Carolina.

Matt Heidenreich earned his Carolina League-high eighth victory Thursday vs. Wilmington. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich earned his Carolina League-high eighth victory Thursday vs. Wilmington. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)


Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP


  • Not only did Heidenreich surpass his previous career high in strikeouts, but he became the first Winston-Salem hurler to whiff 10 or more batters since J.B. Wendelken set a Dash-era record with 13 on July 30, 2014, against Frederick. Heidenreich’s effort marked the first time a Dash pitcher had worked through eight innings since James Dykstra spun eight dominant frames at Wilmington on August 17, 2014.
  • Heidenreich became the sixth Minor League pitcher to reach the eight-win plateau. He is tied for second in the Minors with eight victories. Only Jacob Faria of the Charlotte Stone Crabs (High-A, Tampa Bay) has more wins (10) than Heidenreich, who was the fourth pitcher in Minor League Baseball to get to five, six and seven personal victories. Only two big league hurlers have more wins than Heidenreich (Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, 9).
  • Heidenreich and Dykstra are the Dash’s two All-Star pitchers, and Winston-Salem has thrived when either of them are on the hill. Winston is 9-2 when Heidenreich takes to the mound and 6-3 when Dykstra is the starter. Eight other pitchers have started at least one game for the Dash in 2015, and the squad is a combined 10-29 (.256) in those contests.
  • With his 16th multi-hit game of 2015, infielder Jake Peter extended his hit streak to 14 games, the longest by Carolina Leaguer in 2015. Since May 27, the pride of Mason City, Iowa, is 19-for-51 (.373) with 10 RBIs and 12 runs. Among active streaks in the Minor Leagues, Peter’s 14-game run is the sixth-longest. Inland Empire’s Eric Aguilera has the longest active streak (17), while four men are riding 16-game streaks. Peter broke a tie with Potomac’s Christopher Bostick for the CL’s top overall streak in 2015.
  • Peter’s 14-game hit streak is the longest by a Winston-Salem hitter since Marcus Semien and Nick Ciolli recorded 18- and 15-game streaks from late April to mid-May of 2012. In the Dash era (2009-present), Peter’s current 14-game surge is tied for seventh. Brandon Short boasts the longest hit streak by a Dash hitter, a 26-gamer from April 11 to May 8 of 2010.
  • Beginning with this weekend series, four of the Dash’s next seven road sets will take place in Zebulon against the Mudcats. Winston-Salem claimed two of three against Carolina in the two teams’ lone meeting thus far this season (April 20-22).
  • The Dash’s last four wins have come by exactly one run. Winston had only collected three single-tally victories all season before this recent run of narrow triumphs.


Friday’s game will be available on, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #110 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #110 – Home Game #56
Winston-Salem Dash (21-19, 51-58) vs. Frederick Keys (16-22, 48-57)
Thursday, July 31 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)


The Dash walloped Frederick 12-2 on Wednesday afternoon for their fourth straight win. Winston-Salem goes for a three-game sweep of the Keys tonight.

Courtney Hawkins had an inside-the-park homer in Wednesday's win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins had an inside-the-park homer in Wednesday’s win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)


Jacob May – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
Terance Marin – RHP


• Left-hander Carlos Rodon made his High-A debut on Wednesday, allowing two runs (both earned) and one hit in one inning of relief. The former NC State star threw 33 pitches, striking out three while walking two. Read more about Rodon’s Dash debut here.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken carved up the Frederick batting order on Wednesday, striking out a Dash-era record 13 batters in seven shutout innings. The 21-year-old surrendered only two hits and two walks.

• The previous record for strikeouts by a Winston-Salem pitcher in the Dash era (since 2009) was 11, and it had been reached twice. Hector Santiago whiffed 11 Kinston batters on April 16, 2011 at BB&T Ballpark and Frank Montas struck out 11 at Salem on May 22 of this year.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins tied a season-high with three hits and three runs scored on Wednesday. Hawkins previously had three hits in a game at Salem on April 8 and scored three runs at Salem on April 27.

• Hawkins also registered the third inside-the-park home run in BB&T Ballpark history and second this season. Myrtle Beach’s Christopher Bostick had an inside-the-parker on July 18, while former Dash player Nick Ciolli had an inside-the-park grand slam on August 2, 2011 against Wilmington.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Wednesday’s win. The 21-year-old is batting .313 with five homers, 21 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 39 games since the All-Star Break.

• The White Sox announced four moves today that affect the Dash roster. Pitchers Tony Bucciferro and Jefferson Olacio have been promoted to Double-A Birmingham, while reliever Brandon Hardin returns to Winston-Salem from Birmingham. In addition, pitcher Brandon Brennan has been promoted from Low-A Kannapolis.

• Tonight’s meeting is the last between the Dash and Keys during the 2014 regular season. Winston-Salem is currently 10-9 against Frederick this year and that includes a 4-5 mark at BB&T Ballpark.

• The Dash are seeking their third sweep of the season and second at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem captured all three games at Frederick from June 25-27 and swept a rain-shortened two game series against Wilmington in mid-June.

• The Dash have tied a season-best with four straight wins, but have yet to achieve a five-game winning streak in 2014. Winston-Salem also strung together four straight victories from June 7-10 and June 24-27.

• Right-hander Terance Marin will try to pitch the Dash to a sweep tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Saturday, the California native was dominant, allowing just one run and two hits while striking out six. He finished with a no-decision in the 2-1 Dash win in 11 innings. Overall, Marin is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA this season.


Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on

– Dave

Game #99 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #99 – Road Game #49
Winston-Salem Dash (14-15, 44-54) at Frederick Keys (12-15, 44-50)
Saturday, July 19 – 6 p.m.
Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.) 


The Dash were downed by Myrtle Beach in the rubber game of the series at BB&T Ballpark, 10-1 on Friday night in front of 6,449 fans. An inside-the-park home run by the Pelicans’ Christopher Bostick and a six-run seventh inning led to the Winston-Salem setback. The Dash now embark on a three-game road series against Frederick.

J.B. Wendelken returns to the rotation after missing a start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

J.B. Wendelken returns to the rotation after missing a start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).


Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Zach Voight – SS
J.B. Wendelken – RHP


  • The inside-the-park home run by Myrtle Beach’s Christopher Bostick was only the second in BB&T Ballpark history and the first by a visiting player. Former Winston-Salem outfielder Nick Ciolli was the first to accomplish the feat, a grand slam on August 2, 2011 against Wilmington.
  • With his fourth inning single on Friday, outfielder Jason Coats extended his hitting streak to ten consecutive games. During this span, the Texas native is batting .447 (17-for-38).
  • Coats has now amassed a hitting streak of double-digit games for the second time this season. The 24-year-old had a stretch of 11 consecutive games with at least one hit, from May 30 through the first game of a June 10 doubleheader against Wilmington.
  • Despite the loss, Tyler Danish pitched well for the Dash, surrendering two runs (one earned) while registering six strikeouts in six innings. Danish lowered his Winston-Salem season ERA from 3.95 to 3.64 in the process.
  • Outfielder Keenyn Walker went 1-for-3 with a single, hit-by-pitch and two stolen bases in Friday’s contest. The Utah native now has a four-game hitting streak, and has swiped seven bases during that stretch.
  • The Dash committed four errors on Friday night, pushing their season total to 151. That is the most in the Carolina League and second-highest total in Minor League Baseball, trailing only the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League, which has made 164 defensive miscues.
  • The Dash and Keys have met 14 times this season, with each club winning seven games. Winston-Salem has posted a 5-2 record at Harry Grove Stadium this season, including a three-game sweep from June 25-27.
  • Right-hander J.B. Wendelken comes off the disabled list to start this evening’s game. The 21-year-old last pitched on July 8 against Myrtle Beach, allowing nine runs (eight earned) in three and one-third innings. He ended up with a no-decision in the 13-9 Dash victory. Overall this season, Wendelken is 5-7 with a 5.02 ERA.


Tonight’s game is available live on The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

– Dave

DeMichele leads offensive barrage

Joey DeMichele scored a remarkable five times in Sunday's win (Erik Weasenforth/W-S Dash).

Joey DeMichele scored a remarkable five times in Sunday’s win (Erik Weasenforth/W-S Dash).

Over the course of three-and-a-half hours, the Dash flexed their offensive muscles on Sunday in Salem. It was a coming-out party for Winston-Salem’s lineup, which produced season highs in runs (15) and hits (17).

The star of the show was Joey DeMichele, who made some history in the six-run victory:

– DeMichele became the first player in the Dash era (2009-present) to score five runs in one game. He fell one run short of the Carolina League record.
– He was the first player with four or more runs in a game since Nick Ciolli scored five times at Salem on August 25, 2011.
– The former Arizona State star collected a career-high five hits, which matches a Dash record. Brady Shoemaker was the last Winston-Salem hitter to accomplish this feat (May 13, 2012 at Lynchburg).

DeMichele is the latest example of the problem with overreacting to early returns in a baseball season. He raised his batting average 64 points from .167 to .231 with his 5-for-5 effort. One game in the month of April can drastically change things, and DeMichele proved exactly that.

In addition to DeMichele’s dominance, Courtney Hawkins clubbed his seventh home run of the season in Sunday’s triumph. That two-run blast pushed his RBI total to 27, which leads Minor League Baseball. Here is the pecking order entering Monday’s action:

1. Winston-Salem’s Courtney Hawkins – 27
T-2. High Desert’s Patrick Kivlehan (High-A, Seattle) – 26
T-2. Oklahoma City’s Jon Singleton (Triple-A, Houston) – 26
4. St. Lucie’s Aderlin Rodriguez (High-A, New York Mets) – 25
5. Six players tied – 24

Hawkins is also tied for seventh in the Minors with those seven long balls. And how about this stat: Hawkins’ RBI total against Salem (19) is greater than the overall RBI mark for all but 38 Minor Leaguers.

In our game preview, we will have more on the tremendous offensive showing on Sunday in the Roanoke Valley. We’ll see if the bats can continue their surge tonight at 7:05.

– Brian

Relive last year’s head shaving event

The Winston-Salem Dash and VS. Cancer are teaming up to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer this Friday at BB&T Ballpark. After the game, several Dash players will have their heads shaved on the field, a la last August’s Basebald event. Thanks to two of the Dash’s stellar photographers, Steve Orcutt and Jody Stewart, here are some of the sights from last year’s event:


Terance Marin chipped in with his barber skills by shaving the head of fellow right-handed hurler Chris Bassitt.

08242012_SO-500Michael Earley, who hit .291 with 73 RBIs for Winston-Salem in 2012 and now plies his trade for Double-A Birmingham, takes his turn in the barber’s chair.

08242012_SO-544Former Dash right-hander Justin Collop gets his head shaved by survivor Grant Ivey, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.


Right-hander J.R. Ballinger showed his support as well.

082412_JS_0893Some of the Dash’s participants pose with Grant to show off their new looks. (From left to right: Ballinger, Earley, Nick Ciolli, Bassitt, Juan Silverio and Kevin Vance)

Come out and join us Friday night to see whose head gets shaved this year and show your support for VS. Cancer in the fight against childhood cancer!

– Rob

Dash to a million: BB&T Ballpark in pictures

Since BB&T Ballpark opened on April 13, 2010, nearly one million fans have made their way through its gates. As we approach this milestone, we decided to take a look back at some of the best moments in this young park’s history.


The first fans make their way through BB&T Ballpark’s gates ahead of the first game in the park’s history.

MiLB - Potomac vs. Winston-Salem - April 13, 2010

Kenny Williams, the former White Sox GM and father of 2010 Dash alum Kenny Williams Jr., throws out the first pitch in BB&T Ballpark history.

MiLB - Potomac vs. Winston-Salem - April 13, 2010

Fans packed the seats and the left field berm for the park’s inaugural night with 7,111 in attendance.

Winston-Salem Dash vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Dash and Myrtle Beach Pelicans played a 20-inning affair in the second game of a doubleheader on May 19, 2010, prevailing 4-3 when Ozzie Lewis scored the game winning run.

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A tremendous crowd of 7,268 fans (the highest in the park’s history to that point) packed BB&T Ballpark on July 2, 2010 as Chris Sale made his professional debut. Sale is now shining in the big leagues.


Prior to the 2011 season, Winston-Salem entertained its parent club at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash bested the White Sox 3-0 in an exhibition game.


On July 5 and 6, 2011, Dash outfielder Nick Ciolli robbed a pair of home runs from Salem and Myrtle Beach, the latter of which would have been a grand slam. See both grabs here and here. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)


BB&T Ballpark was jam packed again for the All-Star Game between the California League and Carolina League on June 19, 2012. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)


Bolt got together with several of his friends to put on quite a show during last year’s All-Star festivities. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)


After the Carolina League finished thrashing the California League 9-1, fans enjoyed a great fireworks show to cap off the week’s festivities. (Photo via Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)


Dash fans came out in droves on July 4, 2012, setting a BB&T Ballpark record with 7,285 watching the Dash take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. (Photo via Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)


The Dash posted full-season Minor League Baseball’s top record in 2012, and Winston-Salem advanced all the way to the Mills Cup Finals. Kevan Smith clubbed a go-ahead homer in the Dash’s Game 2 win, and Daniel Wagner’s reaction in the middle said it all. (Photo via Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

Thank you to the best fans in Minor League Baseball for helping BB&T Ballpark become the fastest High-A facility to reach one million fans! Check back tomorrow for more BB&T Ballpark history.

– Rob

Four More Roster Moves

Nick Ciolli hits the DL for the second time this season (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The White Sox announced four more moves affecting the Dash prior to the club’s series finale at Lynchburg. Winston-Salem receives outfielder Mark Haddow and southpaw Max Peterson from Low-A Kannapolis. To make room for the Intimidators duo, outfielder Nick Ciolli was placed on the disabled list and left-hander Matt Wickswat was promoted to Double-A Kannapolis.

Haddow led Kannapolis and was ninth in the South Atlantic League with a .306 batting average, and he had seven homers and 57 RBI in 108 games. A former 24th-round pick, Haddow was a midseason All-Star in the SAL.

Peterson returns to the High-A level after spending time with Stockton, Oakland’s California League affiliate, in 2011. The White Sox inked Peterson to a deal this year, and he has responded with a 1.33 earned run average in 13 appearances out of the bullpen.

Ciolli suffers another tough break, heading to the disabled list less than a week before coming off the DL following a two-and-a-half month stint due to a right wrist injury. This time, Ciolli hurt his left hamstring. In 46 games this season, the former Indiana State star is hitting .280 with four homers and 26 RBI.

Wickswat is heading back to Double-A Birmingham for his third trip around the Southern League this season. In seven appearances with the Dash, the lefty is 1-1 with a 7.82 earned run average.

Winston looks for its ninth series victory in a row tonight at 7:05 against the Hillcats. Listen live beginning at 6:50 here.

– Brian

A Short Stay

(Saul McSween/W-S Dash)

Imagine someone saying that you cannot do something you love for an entire year? After dislocated his left shoulder in the outfield during a spring training game earlier this year, this is what Brandon Short heard from the White Sox.

However, Short worked his tail off in order to return to action this season. After completing the final stages of his rehab in Winston-Salem, Short learned that he would be activated earlier this month.

Today, Short received even more good news to override a frustrating start to 2012: he was heading back to Double-A Birmingham.

Short played in 10 games with Winston-Salem and hit .297 (11-for-37) with seven RBI and four runs scored. The former 28th-round pick hit safely in seven straight games from August 10-17.

He now returns to the Southern League where he was an All-Star in 2011. Short hit .262 with 13 homers and 60 RBI in 130 games with the Barons a year ago.

With Short’s promotion to Double-A, the outfield picture opens up a little bit. Winston still has five players on the roster–Nick Ciolli, Michael Earley, Cyle Hankerd, Keenyn Walker and Ross Wilson–who can play in the outfield.

The Dash and Lynchburg Hillcats continue their four-game series tonight at 7:05 from Calvin Falwell Field. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:50 here. Talk to you then.

– Brian

Disabled List Dance to 100

Nick Ciolli missed two-and-a-half months with a right wrist injury (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The White Sox announced three more roster moves today, bringing the Dash’s 2012 total to 102 transactions. Today, the Dash welcome back outfielders Nick Ciolli and Ross Wilson from long stints on the disabled list. Winston-Salem also placed catcher Jeremy Dowdy on the seven-day disabled list.

Ciolli suffered a right wrist injury after hitting a home run June 1 against Carolina, his final game before heading to the disabled list. Before the injury, Ciolli was hitting .269 with four homers and 25 RBI in 43 games. After struggling in April with a .212 mark, Ciolli hit .309 in 25 games after May 1.

Wilson was also finding his stride before hitting the DL with an abdominal injury July 19. During his final four games before the four-week stint on the bench, Wilson went 6-for-15 (.400). In his 21 contests with the Dash, Wilson is hitting .212 with nine runs and five RBI. The former 10th-round pick also played with Low-A Kannapolis for 65 games and hit .279 with seven homers and 33 RBI.

Dowdy heads to the disabled list for the first time in his minor league career. The Raleigh native and former Appalachian State star is hitting .222 (6-for-27) with four runs scored and a pair of RBI. Before joining the Dash July 3, Dowdy was 7-for-17 (.412) in five games with rookie-level Bristol.

The Dash now have a league-maximum 25 players on their active roster. Winston-Salem, a winner in 19 of its last 23 games, faces off with Frederick tonight at 7:00. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45 here.

– Brian

10 Is Winston-Salem’s Number

Dan Black is a hit away from continuing the Dash’s dominance in one category (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Before the Dash and Pelicans continue this four-game series at Field in Myrtle Beach, I wanted to share a few numbers with you that are almost as fascinating as the “stat of the year” I provided yesterday. Many of these stats involve the number 10.

  • Winston-Salem posted its 13th run output of 10 runs or more in its 10-1 victory Thursday night. The Dash lead the Carolina League in this category, with Salem checking in right behind Winston-Salem with 11 such showings. The Dash tend to parlay their momentum from a double digit offensive display. Winston-Salem is 8-4 in the game following a 10-plus run performance.
  • Dash first baseman Dan Black has hit safely in his last nine games dating back to June 25. With a hit tonight, Black would become the ninth Dash swinger to record a hitting streak of 10 games or more. He would join Marcus Semien (18), Nick Ciolli (15), Carlos Sanchez (13), Daniel Wagner (13), Mike Blanke (12), Michael Earley (12), Juan Silverio (10) and Trayce Thompson (10) in the club.
  • There have been only 24 hitting streaks of 10 or more games in the Carolina League this season, and the Dash have eight of them, which is the most on the circuit by a wide margin.
  • OK, this is a little higher than 10, but it is still pretty great. Dash slugger Cyle Hankerd crushed his 12th homer of the season in the second inning Thursday night. Hankerd is now tied in all of minor league baseball with 12 homers since June 9, when he joined the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis. Only Mike Hessman from Oklahoma City (Triple-A, Houston) has also mustered a dozen homers over the last 34 days.
  • I give Blanke and Steven Upchurch a 10 for their new purchase today. While hanging out around the Broadway on the Beach, a local tourist attraction in Myrtle Beach, the duo bought neon yellow t-shirts. They are brighter than the reflection off the Winston Tower near sunset.
  • Three rounds of mini golf and 10 holes in one for yours truly. I’m hoping to get one more round in before the trip ends tomorrow night.

The Dash and Pelicans square off tonight at 7:05. Join me at 6:50 for the Pre-Game Dash here.

– Brian


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