Gastonia Grizzlies

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Team Bio[edit]

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a Summer Collegiate Baseball team playing in the Coastal Plain League. The Grizzlies, who play their home games at Buddy Lewis Field at Sims Legion Park, quickly earned their place in Gastonia, NC. Founded in 2002, the Grizzlies won the Coastal Plain League West Division in their inaugural year with a 28-21 record, earning them a place in the Pettit Cup Championship Tournament where they were eliminated in the second round. The Grizzlies repeated their Pettit Cup performance in 2005 and 2006, making them one of the most successful franchises in CPL history.

The Gastonia Grizzlies are like every other summer college baseball team, in that they are dedicated and designed to provide minor league level competition for NCAA players that wish to continue on into professional baseball. In their short tenure in the Coastal Plain League, the Grizzlies have already hosted some of the collegiate athletes from throughout the United States. The Grizzlies operate in the model an Independent Minor League team: recruiting athletes, playing nightly before fans in stadiums which seat thousands, using wood bats and minor league specification equipment, and experiencing road trips between games. Like all other summer collegiate players, Gastonia Grizzleis athletes are unpaid in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility, and live with host families in the same manner as Single A and Independent League players.

  • All games are broadcast on WFNZ 610 AM and WFNZ 1660 AM

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Manager Playoffs
2002 28-21 Travis Little Tourney 1-2
2003 14-32 Travis Little
2004 24-27 Travis Little Tourney 0-2
2005 28-24 Chris Wiley Tourney 1-2
2006 14-37 Chris Wiley
2007 16-38 Eli Benefield
2008 23-31 Eli Benefield
2009 25-31 Eli Benefield
2010 35-21 Jason Plourde Semi Final
2011 29-26 Jason Plourde Champions
2012 23-33 Kyle Surprenant
2013 23-31 Jason Wood
2014 32-22 Jason Wood Semi Final
2015 31-25 Evan Wise Runner Up
2016 21-33 Evan Wise
2017 30-26 Evan Wise Champions
2018 23-26 Charles Bradley
2019 33-18 Charles Bradley 1st Round

Grizzlies Alumni in MLB Affiliated Professional Baseball in 2007[edit]

Grizzlies Alumni in Independent Professional Baseball in 2007[edit]

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