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Archive for May, 2008

First Place! Tourists Rock Riverdogs

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The Asheville Tourists got to work early and trounced the RiverDogs, gaining first place honors in the league’s southern divisions.

Jeff Cunningham ripped a three run homer off the Riverdogs’ pitcher Betances. Then David Christianson teed off with his first of two homers on the day — making the score 5-to-0 in the first inning. His second home run shot increased Asheville’s lead to 6-to-0. Chase Oleander’s error gave the Tourists an opportunity to score again when Michael Mitchell singled to right, bringing home Lars Davis. A unearned run was recorded later in the game, giving Asheville the victory 8-to-0.

Unofficial 2008 Primary Election Results

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
Barack Obama

While the May 6, 2008 Democratic and Republican primary results are still unofficial, the Buncombe County Board of Elections has released the counts, from all 77 of the reporting precincts.

For Buncombe County, Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama captured nearly 55% of the popular vote; his opponent, Hillary Clinton, fell in second place with close to 44%. Obama also won the state of North Carolina with 56%, Clinton trailing with 42%.

In the local election for County Commissioner of Buncombe, the four nominees are: Holly Jones with 21%, K. Ray Bailey at 15%, Carol Peterson having 14%, and Bill Stanley with 12%.

Less than half of the registered voters of Buncombe county turned out to cast their ballot — 62,730 citizens voted out of the 164,806 that were registered (38%). The primaries establish each party’s nominee for that particular seat in each office. The general election, held on November 4, 2008, will determine the winner of each seat between the two parties.

For full election results details, visit the 2008 North Carolina Primary results page.

Tourists hold Pitch, Hit and Run Tournament

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

The Asheville Tourists, will be having a Pitch, Hit and run Tournament for 7-to-14 year olds. The competition will take place at 1pm on Saturday, May 10th at McCormick Field. Before the activities start, kids will be grouped according to age and both boys and girls will be put into one of four groups according to age.

The kids will be asked to throw as many strikes as possible with six baseballs, taking swings at baseballs on a tee and a timed base-running competition.

Those who win their group events will compete for tournament champion honors. Winners of individual events will also recognized and the best in each game will advance to sectionals. If they are good enough, they can advance all the way to the finals during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.

Participation in the Pitch, Hit and Run tournament is free. Contestants only need to bring proof of age. For further info, call (828) 258-0428.