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ERNIE SHORE FIELD

The Entrance to Erine Shore Field--WinstonSalem NC

Ernie Shore Field - Winson-Salem NC

TEAM ::: WINSTON - SALEM WARTHOGS
LOCATION ::: WINSTON - SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA
MY FIRST VISIT ::: MAY 18, 2005
OPPONENT ::: SALEM AVALANCHE
LEVEL ::: CAROLINA LEAGUE 'A'

Wally the Warthog - Wonston-Salem's mascot

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: B
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: C+
MASCOT ::: A

Ernie Shore Field by day - Winston-Salem, NC

Dusk at Ernie Shore Field - Winston - Salem NC

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

The pitch - Ernie Shore Field - Winston -  Salem

I HAD TO MAKE ONE FINAL TRIP TO ERNIE SHORE FIELD JUST TO SEE IT. A SIMPLE ENTRANCEWAY THAT FOR SOME REASON I JUST REALLY ENJOY LOOKING AT.
THE ARCHED BRICK ENTRANCEWAY WELCOMED YOU TO THE FINE OLD PARK WHOSE TIME MAY HAVE COME. BUT I WILL SAY, THE NEW PLACE COULD NOT HAVE THE SAME FEEL THE ENTRANCE ERNIE SHORE FIELD HAD.
BEXT TO THE ENTRANCEWAY WAS A SMALL LOT WHICH, ON ANY OTHER NIGHT OTHER THAN FIREWORKS,  COULD HANDLE THE CROWD THAT ATTENDED THE GAME.

Through the turnstiles at Ernie Shore Field

Looking towards Right Field - Ernie Shore Field

ONCE INSIDE, YOU  ENTER ON THE CONCOURSE LEVEL AND WALK DOWN INTO THE SEATING BOWL. THE AREA NEAR THE ENTRANCE CAN GET CONGESTED BEFORE THE GAME SO I WOULD SAY TRY TO KEEP WALKING AND HIT THE SOUVENIR STAND AFTER THE GAME.

DOWN THE 3RD BASE SIDE IS A CONCESSION STAND THAT IS SET OFF THE CONCOURSE GIVING MORE ROOM FOR LINES AND TRAFFIC. ON THE FIRST BASE SIDE THERE ISN'T AS MUCH ROOM BUT THEY DO HAVE A MERRY-GO-ROUND AND CONCESSIONS.

Looking towards Left Field - Ernie Shore Field

Looking in from Right Field - Ernie Shore Field

THE SEATING AREA IS PRETTY STANDARD HERE, THE PLACE HAS A "CAROLINA LEAGUE" FEEL TO IT. WHEN I THINK OF THE CAROLINA LEAGUE ERNIE SHORE FIELD IS WHAT I THINK OF. A STADIUM WITH BENCHES FROM THE DUGOUTS OUT, A SMALL SECTION OF RESERVED SEATS BEHIND HOME PLATE, AND 4 ROWS OF FIELD BOX SEATS. THE SEATS BEHIND HOME PLATE ARE UNDER COVER WHICH REALLY HELPS WITH THE STRONG CAROLINA SUN. OF COURSE, NOTHING WOULD WORK BETWEEN THE DUGOUTS BUT A BRICK WALL WHICH CURVES BEHIND HOME PLATE.

Looking towards Right Field - Ernie Shore Field

THE GAME HERE WAS TREATED A LITTLE BETTER THAN MOST MINOR LEAGUE PARKS, THERE ARE PROMOTIONS BUT THE WARTHOGS DIDN'T GO INTO THE OVERKILL MODE WITH THEM.
THE PA ANNOUNCER WAS BEST DESCRIBED AS RIGHT OUT OF THE MOVIE " BULL DURHAM". HIS STYLE AND HEAVY ACCENT JUST ADDED TO THE CHARM OF THE PLACE.

A TRIP TO HISTORIC ERNIE SHORE FIELD WAS AN ENJOYABLE ONE. THE FOOD WAS GOOD, THE GAME WAS THE FOCAL POINT, AND WALLY THE WARTHOG COULD JUST BE THE BEST NAME FOR A MASCOT ... A MASCOT FOR A TEAM WITH THE BEST NAME
... "THE WARTHOGS."

The sign outside Ernie Shore Field

 THE LINE UPS

SALEM AVALANCHE MANAGER :::
11 Ivan DeJesus

WINSTON - SALEM WARTHOGS MANAGER :::
51 Cris Cron

Exchanging the Line Ups - Ernie Shore Field

 SALEM AVALANCHE

  4 Drew Sutton 2b
  17 Wade Robinson ss
  14 Saul Torres  3b
  16 Mike Floyd rf
  8 Scott Robinson 1b
   30 Ervin Alcantara cf
5 Kevin Davidson dh
  27 Adam Seuss lf
  29 Renaldo Ruiz c
  13  Chance Douglass p

Pre-game warm ups - Ernie Shore Field

WINSTON - SALEM WARTHOGS

13 Mike Myers ss
  41 Noah Hall lf
  24 Travis Hinton dh
  52 Leo Daigle 1b
  23 Ricardo Nanita  cf
  44 Thomas Collaro rf
  27 Micah Schnurstein 3b
  25 Cipriano Garcia c
   7 Josh Shaffer 2b
  39  Ryan Rodriguez p / WP   

Ernie Shore Field's Scoreboard

Ernie Shore's Board with the Warthog logo

AVALANCHE    000  012  003   6  13  0 
WARTHOGS   430  004  00x  11  15  2

TIME ::: 2:41
ATTENDANCE ::: 1,464
WEATHER ::: 78 SUNNY / HUMID

Game Action - Ernie Shore Field

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