The Winston-Salem Dash have welcomed a Carolina League-high 4,883 fans per game at BB&T Ballpark thus far this season. This represents a 26-percent increase when compared to the first 15 openings of the 2014 campaign.
The Dash have eclipsed at least 5,000 fans in nine of their 15 openings. Here are those games along with the promotions for that night:
- 7,114 fans on May 8 (Postgame Fireworks, Kids Run The Bases)
- 6,482 fans on May 11 (MVP Education Day)
- 6,411 fans on April 29 (MVP Education Day)
- 6,254 fans on April 22 (MVP Education Day)
- 5,980 fans on May 15 (Postgame Fireworks, Kids Run The Bases)
- 5,671 fans on April 17 (Opening Night, Postgame Fireworks, Frozen character appearance, Kids Run The Bases)
- 5,441 fans on May 9 (Burger King Value Pack Night, Kids Run The Bases)
- 5,422 fans on April 18 (Burger King Value Pack Night, Kids Run The Bases)
- 5,330 fans on May 16 (Princesses at the Park, Kids Run The Bases)
“We are very appreciative of the fan support we have seen at BB&T Ballpark this season,” Dash president Geoff Lassiter said. “There’s been such a great energy at the park and we can’t wait to see that continue through the summer.”
The Dash are averaging nearly 700 more fans per night than any other Carolina League team.
Since BB&T Ballpark opened in April 2010, more than 1.5 million fans have attended Dash games at the downtown facility. Winston-Salem has finished in the top two in Carolina League attendance during each of the ballpark’s five seasons.
But that’s not the only good news for the hometown team.
The Carolina League also announced on Monday that Winston-Salem infielder Trey Michalczewski is the circuit’s Player of the Week for May 11-17. This marks the first Player of the Week that the Dash have claimed in 2015.
In seven games this past week, Michalczewski hit .400 (10-for-25) with two homers, five RBIs and six runs scored. Since the start of May, the 20-year-old paces Class A-Advanced and is tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball in RBIs with 20.
This surge has propelled the Jenks, Okla., native to the CL’s overall RBI lead (28). He also stands tied for first in extra-base hits (17), tied for second in total bases (66) and tied for third in slugging percentage (.475).
Michalczewski becomes the second weekly honoree for Winston-Salem this season. James Dykstra claimed the first Pitcher of the Week award thanks to his no-hitter on April 15 at Potomac.
The eighth-best prospect in the White Sox system, according to MLB.com, Michalczewski has now won two Player of the Week awards in his Minor League career. The South Atlantic League honored Michalczewski in June of 2014 for a stellar week with Kannapolis.
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