Wednesday, January 23, 2008

From the Hot Stove to the cold field

Did you know the Barton College baseball season is nearly upon us?

Less than two weeks after the annual Wilson Hot Stove League banquet, baseball is back on the field.

The Bulldogs open their 2008 campaign Friday, Feb. 1, in sunny Boca Raton, Fla., as the guest of Lynn University for a three-game set. The home opener will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, against Wingate. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

As usual, Todd Wilkinson has enlisted a sturdy list of non-conference opponents for his Bulldogs, including Kutztown (Pa.), Francis Marion, Catawba, USC-Aiken and UNC-Pembroke.

2008 Barton baseball schedule

Look for a season preview on the Bulldogs in the Wilson Daily Times early next week.

Sticking with the summer game in the dead winter, Fike will be one of high school baseball teams playing the IMPACT Baseball Invitational on March 1 in Cary.

The IMPACT field has doubled since four teams, including eventual N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A champion Charles B. Aycock, played in Fleming Stadium last March.

Joining the Golden Demons at the USA Baseball National Training Complex will be their 3-A NEW 6 Conference rivals Northern Nash and Rocky Mount.

IMPACTBaseball.com has the schedule for the 2008 Invitational.


  1. Hey Paul, for a non-wilsonian... what is the hot stove league? here bryan baily referring to it frequently.

  2. The Wilson Hot Stove League is a group of folks here who love the game of baseball so much, they want to talk about it all year, even in the dead of winter.

    It's a term created for offseason talk about baseball or trades made during the cold winter months, ostensibly around the warmth of a hot stove.

    The Wilson HSL has been holding an annual banquet since 1976 when Stan Musial was the guest speaker. Each year there is a featured speaker, usually a current or ex-major leaguer. This year, it was Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers.

    As I point out in this blog entry, the hot stove season is fast drawing to a close with many college teams already in preseason workouts and spring training only a few weeks away.