March 17, 2014
Mount Airy Parks and Recreation is kicking off the beginning of the Surry County Cal Ripken baseball season with a celebration on Saturday.
The local minor league and major league teams for the Reds, Rockies and White Sox will hold scrimmages on Saturday with free admission at Graham Field, across from the L.H. Jones Family Resource Center.
The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with the rededication of the location.
The site has been known as Graham Field, but will be rededicated as Scott Graham Field to more accurately reflect the man who had such important role in the forming of the park location.
Graham was the owner and president of Virginia-Carolina Paving Co. He and Jon Cawley built the field several years ago, said Peter Raymer, Mount Airy Parks and Recreation.
With the city commissioner passing away from cancer in January, it seemed fitting to honor his contributions to Mount Airy.
His family will be on hand and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the exhibition games begin, said Raymer.
Around 4 p.m., the Chik-Fil-A and the Aaron’s Lucky Dog mascots will join the fun with mascot challenges and contests for the fans, similar to what minor league baseball parks like to do to get the kids involved, said Raymer.
Concessions will be available for purchase. Raymer said people might want to tote a lawn chair in case the bleachers are filled.
Also during the festivities, the city will recognize the Surry North All-Stars, the 2013 WNC 10-and-under state champions.
Members of the team included Wilson Bunker, Casey Bunn, Ben Chesnet, Jackson Ferris, Carson Hawks, Andrew Hicks, Andrew Johnson, Ty Montgomery, McKinley Nixon, Holden Poindexter, Luke Robertson and Blake Umstead.
The coaches were head coach Eric Montgomery and assistants Zane Poindexter and Mike Chesnet.