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The 8th Annual Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Awards Dinner will be held on January 24, 2015 at the Shriners Oasis Temple off of Harris Blvd near UNCC.  This annual awards event will honor the top baseball and softball players in the Greater Charlotte region.  Doors open to the beautiful Shriners Oasis Auditorium at 6:00pm

The first class evening of fun and fellowship is designed to bring both sports communities together to honor the game and the youth that work hard to excel on and off the field of play. The Hot Stove Dinner features an honor roll of former award winners including; professional baseball players Kyle Seager, Brian Holberton, Tyler Tewell,  Brett Austin,  Ryan Butler, Richie Shaffer,  collegiate standouts Alexander Bostic, Trent Thornton, Bailey Ober, Chris Clare and college softball stars Lexi Davis, Sarah Mooney, Kalie Lang and Constance Orr. New award winners in over 15 categories will be announced.

 

One of the feature awards is the High School Baseball Player of the Year Award.  Last year the award went to both Brooks Kennedy and Ryder Ryan.  The finalists for this award are:

 

Josh Hiatt, one of the top pitchers and middle infielders in the state at  Providence High School.  He was was the only NC Player to make Team USA NTIS 40 man roster Josh will attend UNC-Chapel Hill next season to compete for the Tar Heels Baseball Program.

Xaxier LeGrant, a middle infielder at Berry Academy.  Xavier played for Team USA in the COPABE Pan American Championships in Lagos de Moreno and Aguascalientes, Mexico in September. Xavier will attend NC State next season.

Drew Ober, the leading hitter for Hough High School. As a junior he hit .391 with 34 hits, 2 HR’s, 8 triples, 30 RBI’s, 28 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases. Drew will attend UNC-Charlotte next year.

Josh Ladowski, an outfielder at Lake Norman High School has led the Wildcats baseball team in most offensive categories the last two seasons.  Josh was also named the Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year this season. Josh will attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.

Andrew Moritz, one of the leading hitters in all of North Carolina as a junior for Providence High School.  Andrew  hit .455 with 16 extra base hits and also stole 22 bases.  Andrew will attend UNC-Greensboro next fall.

Jordan Greene, a middle infielder for Charlotte Country Day.  Jordan bring a strong bat and outstanding speed to the Buccaneers Baseball Program.  He will attend Clemson University next fall.

All award finalists in both baseball and softball categories will be announced this week.