9/24 Special Needs Sports Donnie Jones World Series

Last Friday, Sept. 24, Bob Lewis Ballpark welcomed more than 100 kids and players in the WNC Special Needs Sports Donnie Jones World Series. Local youth baseball teams also came out to join the fun and support the players, with many fans to cheer them on.

The WNC Special Needs Sports program began in 2011 and is geared toward those with special needs, young and old. Special Needs Sports provides the opportunity for children and adults in Western North Carolina with special needs to play in baseball and basketball leagues.

The Special Needs Sports program is run by volunteers and funded by donations, so there’s no cost to any of the players. There are no restrictions, so players of any age or ability level can participate. The program provides all equipment needed to play.

The Donnie Jones World Series event was sponsored by Blossman Gas, Food Lion, Lewis Real Estate and All League Baseball.

9/18-19 All League Baseball Under Armour championship

This past weekend, we welcomed around 30 teams for the All League Baseball Under Armour Tournament. Participating teams hailed from North Carolina (Asheville, Fletcher, Maiden, Marion, Mills River, Pineville and Weaverville), South Carolina (Duncan, Graniteville, Greer and Pickens), and Tennessee (Corryton and Jonesborough). Congratulations to all the teams, coaches and families! Thanks for your great sportsmanship!

9/11 All League Baseball Never Forget Tournament

Last weekend, we hosted 22 teams at Bob Lewis Ballpark for the 9/11 Never Forget Tournament. Activities were paused at 8:46 on Sept. 11 for a remembrance of that tragic day. There were many tears in the eyes of our fans and spectators.

In addition to local teams from Asheville, Brevard, Fletcher and Lenoir, we had visiting NC teams from Charlotte, Maiden, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem. We also hosted SC teams from Boiling Springs, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin and Summerville.

As a highlight and end to the weekend tournament, we had the three winning teams stop by the Enka fire station for photos in front of the fire truck with some of the firemen who graciously welcomed our players and their families.