WINSTON-SALEM — North Surry’s baseball team spoiled the party at last year’s annual Major Larry J. Bauguess, Jr. Memorial Baseball Game, becoming the first high school other than host Wilkes Central to win the event when the Greyhounds claimed a 4-1 victory at BB&T Ballpark, home of the Winston-Salem Dash, on March 25.
However, that didn’t stop Wilkes Central, or the Dash, from inviting the Hounds back this season.
The Dash announced their annual slate of amateur baseball games to be played at the park during 2017, and among those games is a Saturday, April 22 rematch between the Eagles and North Surry, at BB&T Ballpark starting at 10 a.m. in the eighth annual Bauguess game.
The event is likely to be a marquee matchup of two of the area’s top 2A teams. Last year, Wilkes Central posted a 22-7 season that included a share of the Mountain Valley Conference title and a trip to the third round of the state playoffs. North Surry went 17-10, finished second in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, and advanced to the second round. With college-bound returning All-State standouts Chase Chandler and Kendal Tucker back for their senior seasons, the Hounds could be even stronger in 2017.
The Winston-Salem Dash’s amateur baseball program provides many local teams with an opportunity to play at BB&T Ballpark this spring. The Bauguess game is one of nine dates this season set aside for amateur teams to play. Thanks to this slate of games, along with the Dash’s 71-game home schedule and Winston-Salem State University’s 21-game home schedule, BB&T Ballpark will host more than 100 baseball games in 2017.
Each amateur baseball player will have the thrill of a lifetime by playing in a professional baseball stadium and seeing their name and picture on BB&T Ballpark’s scoreboard. The program’s benefits extend beyond the game. All participating schools or organizations also purchased a specified number of tickets to Dash games in 2017, and these schools or organizations can resell the tickets to benefit their athletic departments or booster clubs. This marks the seventh year of the Dash’s amateur baseball program, which has welcomed almost 100 teams in its history.
“Most young baseball players dream of an opportunity to play at a professional field,” Dash President Geoff Lassiter said. “We are honored to give many local players an opportunity to suit up right here at BB&T Ballpark with their friends and teammates.”
Even with the Greyhounds’ win last year, Wilkes Central remains 6-1 all-time in this game. The only other time the Eagles didn’t win was in 2011, when two all-star teams of players from the Big South Conference played in the game.
Admission to games, if applicable, is mutually agreed upon by the two teams. All games are seven innings in length, unless otherwise noted. Here is the full schedule (dates and times subject to change):
Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. – Forsyth Country Day School vs. Calvary Baptist Day School
Monday, March 13 at 5 p.m. (five-inning doubleheader) – North Davidson Middle School vs. Oak Grove Middle School
Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m. – A round-robin tournament involving North Stokes High School, Patrick County High School and Alleghany High School
Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m. – Union Grove Christian School vs. Sheets Memorial Christian School
Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. – Salem Baptist Christian School vs. Forsyth Home Educators
Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. – Bishop McGuinness High School vs. East Wilkes High School
Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m. – Oak Level Baptist School vs. Woodland Baptist Christian School
Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. – North Surry High School vs. Wilkes Central High School (Eighth-annual Major Larry J. Bauguess, Jr. Memorial Baseball Game)
Sunday, May 21 after the Dash’s 2 p.m. game – Kernersville Little League vs. Walkertown Little League
For more information on this year’s amateur baseball program, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287.
The Winston-Salem Dash are the Class-A Advanced Minor League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 336-714-2287 or visit www.wsdash.com.