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Team Up! Coming Fall 2011 at the Health Adventure

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – How fast is your fastball? Can a floor surface affect your athletic ability? Do you want to know how to make a perfect bounce pass? Come and get all of your questions answered in the new traveling exhibition, “Team Up! Explore Science & Sports”. Through numerous interactive components such as Bounce Pass and Ricochet Racquet, children and adults alike will marvel at the many scientific principles that make sports a reality in this exciting new traveling exhibition. Visitors will have opportunities to test their own skills in such sports as basketball, football, baseball, tennis, soccer and even extreme sports like snowboarding. At the same time, guests will be amazed and educated at the level of science that is involved in sports. Geometry, physics, force, and friction will be explained to children in a way that is intriguing and relative to sport.

Entry – Guests are greeted by colorful characters and walk under a football goal post as they enter Team Up! Explore Science and Sports. The entry panels are complete with national sponsor signage and a place for each venue to display their local sponsors.

Ricochet Racquet – Adjust the angle of an oversized tennis racquet in an effort to hit the target with tennis balls. Visitors will shoot the tennis balls at the giant racquet, adjusting the angle of the racquet face to get the proper trajectory. Ricochet Racquet is an enclosed component for safety and to eliminate the loss of tennis balls.

Locker Room – Dress like the pros in the Locker Room. This interactive station features equipment and apparel that mirrors the equipment worn by the pros. Not only do guests have the opportunity to “gear-up”, but they can also view professional equipment that is safely displayed behind plexi-glass. Four sports are on display; baseball, football, soccer and hockey.

Balancing Acts A balance beam, a pommel horse, and tabletop balancing experiments offer the visitor the opportunity to explore aspects of balance in this exhibit area. Visitors are given a perspective as to just how difficult it is to be an Olympic caliber gymnast.

Bounce Pass – Make that perfect pass just like your favorite point guard! Visitors are challenged to determine the correct amount of force at the proper angle to create just the right bounce to pass a basketball past a barrier to a “teammate” on the other side.

Set Shot – Set Shot tests the patience of the visitor as it asks them to take on a very difficult task. This component teaches about trajectories by asking the visitor to shoot a marble-size basketball through a tiny hoop. This can only be accomplished if the trajectory of the ball is exact.

Sweet Spot – It’s going, going, gone! Only if you hit the ball on the sweet spot. Baseball bats have one ideal spot to strike a ball, where the maximum amount of energy will transfer to the ball, and the minimum amount of energy will travel back through the bat into the batter’s hands. This exhibit is a hands-on demonstration of this phenomenon. If you strike the ball on the sweet spot, you will feel virtually no vibration. See just how difficult it is to hit a round ball with a round bat.

Inside Scoop – Cross-sections of different balls and other sports equipment reveal the construction methods and materials used in today’s high-tech sports equipment. Research and development of such items as hockey sticks and baseball bats is never-ending, but with the Inside Scoop visitors know the importance of staying on top of your game with modern technology.

Get in the Game – Packed with action and YOU as the talent, Get in the Game will immerse visitors in the world of virtual reality! This virtual reality system allows visitors to watch themselves on a TV monitor as they play volleyball, soccer, or ski downhill.

How Fast Was That Pitch? – Visitors can measure the speed of their throw in this radar-equipped pitching booth. This interactive station allows guests to see just what makes those Major League pitchers so special. You think you got what it takes? Test your ability and then you will know just how fast 90 miles per hour is…

The Sole of the Game – Soles of different types of athletic footwear are displayed here. Visitors are challenged to match the sole of the shoe to the sport for which it is used.

Twin Spin – This exhibit features two mannequins that rotate on metal rods. One portrays a gymnast in a tucked position, the other is outstretched. The visitor is asked to predict and observe how the figures spin differently.

Name That Ball – Here visitors are invited to identify balls used in various sports by touch. Some may be simple, but some will keep you guessing for a long time. You may know a tennis ball or a baseball, but there are some intriguing spheres here that will test your sports I.Q.

Sports Figures – How do they do that? A question often asked when discussing today’s athletes. In this exciting component, visitors are immersed in the television show, “ESPN Sports Figures” and many of their questions are answered. Sports Figures touches on all sports and details the most difficult scientific principles, while relaying the messages in a manner that even elementary age visitors can comprehend.

Team Up! created by Discovery Center, Rockford, IL, and The Family Museum of Arts and Science, Bettendorf, IA

Asheville Adult League Kickball Reg. Deadline July 15

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Buncombe County Sports Park hosts fall Adult League Kickball games from August 6 through October 6. Registration ends July 15. The cost is $25 per person or $200 per team. The registration fee includes 10 team t-shirts. Teams returning from the spring leagues have the option of using their same t-shirts and paying $100 per team. Team t-shirts are an additional $14 each for all others players added to your roster.

Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. Kickball League rules state that a team must consist of at least 10 players with a minimum of 3 female players per team. The season is made up of 10 regular games and the league championship game. The league is limited to the first 8 teams to sign up. Sign up early to assure that your team has the opportunity to play for the championship.

For information call or email Jay Nelson (828) 250-4269 or email him at: [email protected].

Tourists Fall 6-0 then Win 8-7 in Extras

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On June 19th the Asheville Tourists finished up the first half of their season. The Tourists concluded their game from the previous night, and played the regular scheduled game to cap off the double-header. The Tourists were behind 6-0 in the first game when play resumed Sunday afternoon, and that is where the score remained the rest of the way. In game two, the Tourists used heart and resilience to come away with an 8-7 win in extras.

In the series finale, the Augusta GreenJackets jumped out in front of the Tourists 3-0, but Asheville snapped a 16.2 consecutive inning scoreless streak when Chandler Laurent hit a hanging breaking ball out of the park for a two-run homer. The Tourists added one more tying the game 3-3 heading to the bottom of the fifth.

The GreenJackets answered the Tourists rally by kicking their lead back to 6-3 with a three-run frame. However, Asheville would not surrender and Brett Tanos delivered in the sixth. Tanos came to the plate with two runners on and drove the ball over the left field wall for his first Home Run of the season. The three-run shot tied the score 6-6 and the Tourists had the momentum.

In the bottom of the sixth, the GreenJackets picked up a two-out single to score one and sent the Tourists to the brink. Asheville needed one run in the seventh to keep the game alive, and they received it when Bryce Massanari hit an RBI single to tie the score.

Asheville held strong in the bottom of the seventh and took the lead in the eighth on a Mark Tracy sacrifice fly. Josh Mueller worked the bottom of the eighth and earned the save in a contest that was only scheduled for seven innings.

In the previous game that was concluded prior to the 8-7 Tourists win; Augusta made it seven straight losses for the Toursists. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead off Asheville’s starter Juan Gonzalez on Saturday night. The rains came and the game was suspended until Sunday where both teams went scoreless the rest of the way. Erik Stavert for Asheville worked four scoreless innings in his first relief appearance of the year.

With the first half in the books, the Tourists along with the rest of the South Atlantic League will have their record reset at 0-0. Asheville needs to finish in first place in the Southern division in the second half in order to clinch a playoff berth this season. The Tourists will open the second half on Thursday, June 23 at McCormick Field as they play host to the Rome Braves.

What’s Happening in Tourists’ Town June 12th – June 15th

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Tourists return to McCormick Field on Sunday, June 12th as they take on the Hickory Crawdads. This home stand includes an Ingles Family Fun Day, Acropolis Pizza Kids Eat Free Night, Buy One Get One Free ticket special followed by a Goodwill Industries night.

Sunday June 12th is Ingles Family Fun Day with post game autographs and Kids Run the Bases. The Cherokee Indians will be out all game long. Be sure to sign up on the concourse for their vacation giveaway sponsored by Cherokee Fun Park! Game time is 4:05 PM.

Acropolis Pizza is back on June 13th as our sponsor for Kids Eat Free Night. Be sure to bring out the family and enjoy a slice of Acropolis Pizza to all children 12 years and younger. Game time is 7:05 PM.

Tuesday, June 14th is buy one get one free general admission ticket with a Bi-Lo advantage card or Kraft Cheese wrapper to the box office. Game time is 7:05 PM.

Wednesday is Goodwill Industries Night. Bring three gently used items of clothing to the ballpark to earn a complimentary general admission ticket. June 15th is also senior appreciation night compliments of Humana. All seniors ages 65 years and older receive complimentary general admission tickets on behalf of Humana. Complimentary tickets must be picked up from the Tourist box office in person.

Following June 15th, the Tourists return to McCormick Field on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:05pm. To stay up to date on all the upcoming events and future promotions, please visit our website at www.theashevilletourists.com! We will see you at the ballpark and go Tourists!

Tourists Winning Streak Snapped with 8-5 Loss to Sand Gnats

Monday, June 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists welcomed the first place Savannah Sand Gnats to McCormick Field Sunday afternoon for game one of a three game set. The Sand Gnats jumped out to an early lead and then rallied in the late innings to come away with an 8-5 win over the Tourists.

Savannah started off on the right foot when Rafael Fernandez crushed a two-run Home Run in the top of the first inning off Asheville’s starter Josh Slaats (1-1, 7.54). The Sand Gnats added one more in the second inning when Blake Forsythe doubled to lead off the frame and came home to score on an errant throw by Brett Tanos. The Tourists third baseman was trying to throw out Joe Bonfe who reached on a bunt single.

After Fernandez singled home Darrell Ceciliani in the fifth and put the Sand Gnats in front 4-0, the Tourists found their rhythm at the plate. Rafael Ortega doubled with two outs and Tanos followed with a triple. Bryce Massanari made it three hits in a row by singling home Tanos and the Sand Gnats lead was trimmed in half.

Asheville took their first lead in the sixth inning by tallying three runs on two long balls. Chandler Laurent hit a solo shot with one out off Greg Peavey (5-2, 3.27), who retired only three Tourists hitters the third time through the line-up. Trailing 4-3, Tyler Massy was hit by a pitch and Russell Wilson followed with a monstrous two-run blast to left-center giving Asheville a 5-4 advantage.

The Sand Gnats drew even with an unearned run in the seventh inning. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled home Robbie Shields with two outs to tie the score 5-5. The Tourists look destined to blow the game open in the bottom of the seventh, when Savannah Reliever Angel Cuan relieved Peavey and could not find the strike zone. Cuan walked Tanos and Massanari to lead off the inning. He fell behind Kyle Parker 3-0, but battled back to retire Parker and then induce an inning ending double play.

Riding that momentum, the Sand Gnats scored three in the top of the eighth. Albert Cordero walked with one out and scored from first on a double from Wilfredo Tovar. The next batter, Ciciliani, smashed a Home Run over the scoreboard in right field to put the Sand Gnats back in front for good 8-5.

Asheville rallied in the eighth, loading the bases on three straight singles off Cuan with one out, but Savannah went to Josh Edgin to limit the damage. Edgin worked out of the jam without allowing any runs and then struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

The Tourists and the Sand Gnats play game two of the series Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.

Asheville Tourists Begin Road Trip with 4-1 Victory

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC -The Tourists put one in the win column Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns. Asheville used four pitchers to hold the dangerous Suns to only one run on seven hits.

In the first inning, Kyle Parker singled to center with Rafael Ortega at second base. Ortega went flying around third towards the plate as Suns center-fielder Bryce Harper came up with the ball. Harper’s throw was perfect, but Ortega’s speed combined with an excellent head first slide gave Asheville an early 1-0 lead.

The Tourists made it 2-0 in the second when Chandler Laurent doubled to begin the inning and advanced to third on a fielding error by Michael Taylor. Joey Wong hit a fly ball to Harper in center and Laurent tagged up on the play and came in to score.

The Suns loaded the bases with no outs in both the first and third innings against Tourists starter Josh Slaats (1-1, 8.39). However, Slaats buckled down in both innings and limited Hagerstown to nothing in the first and just one run in the third.

Asheville put men at the corners in the fourth and Wong slapped a single into left that scored Laurent. Leading 3-1, Tourists catcher Bryce Massanari led off the fifth inning with a monstrous Home Run over the center-field wall. The bomb was Massanari’s 12th of the season and was one of the longest balls hit a Municipal Stadium all year.

Slaats left the game after five innings and turned things over to the bullpen. Asheville’s relievers were up to the challenge and held Hagerstown scoreless the rest of the way. Brad McAtee worked two innings before turning it over to Bruce Kern in the eighth. Kern induced an inning ending double play and gave Juan Perez the ball for the ninth. Perez worked a perfect inning and earned his ninth save of the year.

Offensively for Asheville, Wong finished 3-for-3 with 2 RBI’s and Russell Wilson contributed with a two-hit game. The Tourists and Suns play game two Thursday night beginning at 6:35pm.

Late Legends Comeback Burns Tourists Again

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville dropped their second in a row against Lexington Sunday afternoon, falling by a final score of 9-6. The Legends combined to score seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to overcome a three-run deficit and come up with the win.

Both teams scored one run in the first inning. Jiovanni Mier hit a Home Run for Lexington and Kyle Parker came through with an RBI single to score Brett Tanos. The teams traded runs again and with the score 2-2, Avery Barnes hit a two out single that brought home Chandler Laurent.

The Tourists remained ahead 3-2 and added to their lead in the fifth. Corey Dickerson, who turned 22 years old Sunday, celebrated his birthday by smashing a two run bomb over the right field wall. The Homer was Dickerson’s ninth of the season.

Asheville led 5-2, but they could not hold it as the Legends put up five runs in the seventh inning. Adam Bailey was hit by a pitch while the bases were loaded and Chris Wallace then singled in a pair. On an errant through, another run came in and Wallace made it to third. He would later score on a sacrifice fly.

Kyle Parker connected with a Home Run in the bottom of the seventh, making it just a one-run Legends lead. However, Lexington scored twice in the eighth on some shaky defense to put the game away. The Tourists did bring Parker to the plate in the ninth representing the tying run, but Bryan Streilein struck out the Tourists cleanup hitter to end the game.

Josh Mueller (1-2, 2.96) pitched well for the Tourists and received a no decision. Mueller worked five innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits. Also helping his cause was that he did not walk a single batter.

The Tourists look to earn a series split against Lexington with the final game starting Monday morning at 11:05am.

Braves Sweep Tourists

Friday, May 20th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Rome Braves swept the Asheville Tourists by winning the series finale Thursday night 12-6. The Braves scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and the Tourists were unable to recover.

Erik Stavert (1-3, 9.00) lasted only 0.2 innings and was charged for all seven runs the Braves put up in the opening frame. Edward Salcedo clubbed his third Home Run of the season, drilling a three-run shot off Stavert. Also, Chris Garcia connected with a two-run double in the first.

Rome added three more runs in the top of the second inning, taking a 10-0 lead. The Tourists cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Chandler Laurent nailed a three-run homer over the right-centerfield wall. Laurent has now hit four Home Runs in his first ten games with Asheville.

In the fourth, Rome got one more run pushing their lead to eight at 11-3. In the bottom of the sixth, Bryce Massanari led off with a solo Home Run making it 11-4. The blast was Massanari’s tenth of the year.

Rome retaliated by adding a run to extend their lead back to eight. The Tourists were able to score twice in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back RBI singles by Massanari and Dustin Garneau, but that is all that Asheville could muster.

The Tourists did receive some quality pitching from Rafael Suarez and Taylor Reid. The two relief pitchers combined to throw five innings and allowed only one run between the two of them

Late Rallies Earn Braves Both Games

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Rome Braves stunned the Asheville Tourists with two separate come from behind victories Wednesday night, sweeping the double header at McCormick Field. The Braves won the first game 8-7 and took game two by a final of 5-2.

In game one, The Tourists fell behind 3-1 early, but rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Joey Wong and Helder Velazquez each hit RBI singles and Kyle Parker connected with a two-run double in the frame. Asheville added one more in the fifth on Corey Dickerson’s seventh Home Run of the season.

The Braves made it a 6-4 game with one run in the sixth, but Velazquez kicked it right back out to a three run lead with a lead-off blast in the bottom of the inning.

Leading 7-4, the Tourists only needed three outs to take the win. Unfortunately it was not to be as Rome rallied to score four runs in the top of the seventh. The Tourists were able to retire the first batter of the inning, but then four straight hits tied the game and a two-out single aided by an error allowed the go-ahead run to score.

In game two, Asheville fell behind early 1-0, but Mark Tracy singled in Bryce Massanari and Chandler Laurent to put the Tourists out in front 2-1. The game remained tied 2-1 until the sixth inning when some shaky defense hurt the Tourists again. With runners at first and second with two outs, David Rohm hit a grounder to Velazquez that could have been a double play. The ball bounced passed Velazquez and the tying run came into score.

After a walk to the number nine hitter, Matt Lipka hit a bases clearing double to give Rome a 5-2 lead. The Braves would hang on in the last two innings to hold on for another win. Lipka finished the two games with a total of four doubles. Prior to game one, Lipka had no extra base hits all year in 151 at-bats.

This marks the second time this season that the Braves have swept a double header from the Tourists.

Tourists Split Double-Header in Two Pitchers’ Duels

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On a cold and rainy morning in Lexington, the Tourists and the Legends played two seven-inning games in front of a loud, education day crowd. The Legends took game one 2-1, but the Tourists came back to win the second game, 1-0.

The wind was blowing in the entire day and that made it difficult for the hitters to drive the ball deep. Both pitching staffs took advantage of the conditions. Josh Mueller (1-2, 2.82) started game one for Asheville and had another fine outing.

Mueller went five innings and gave up two runs; only one of which was earned. Unfortunately, the Tourists bats were silenced by Juan Minaya (1-3, 5.94). Minaya struck out ten Tourists in five innings, and he allowed only one run on two hits.

In game two, Edwar Cabrera (3-1, 4.14) threw six scoreless innings en route to his third win of the year. Cabrera was dominant aside from walking a season high six batters, but he was able to pitch out of trouble mainly by recording strike-outs at key moments in the game.

Neither team could score until the top of the seventh inning when Asheville pushed across the games’ only run. Avery Barnes led off with a single and then took second on a wild pitch. With one out, Joey Wong singled back up the middle and Barnes came racing home from second. Bruce Kern picked up his second save of the series by pitching a scoreless bottom of the seventh.

In the double header, Asheville connected with only nine hits and struck out a total of 22 times. Add that to the 33 strike-outs by Lexington pitchers in the first two games of the series, and the Tourists went down on strikes 55 times in the four-game series. Asheville did hit six Home Runs in the series to just one from Lexington.

With the split of the double header, the Tourists held onto their spot atop the South Atlantic League’s Southern division.