Asheville, NC (September 6, 2018) – The Asheville Tourists started the 2018 season sluggishly but finished it on a high note in the South Atlantic League. After opening the year at 3-13, the Tourists concluded the first half of the season with a 27-42 record. They then went 37-31 in the second half to finish 64-73 overall and closed the year with a 5-4 victory over the Rome Braves on Labor Day.
Among many individual accolades, Asheville’s Casey Golden earned South Atlantic League MVP honors after topping the circuit in home runs (34), RBIs (95), runs scored (92), extra-base hits (60), and total bases (259). Golden played his undergraduate baseball at UNC Wilmington and is a Greensboro, North Carolina native.
Chad Spanberger finished as the 2018 league batting champion with a .315 clip.
On the hill, Garrett Schilling posted a team-high eight wins. He also led the team in innings pitched (144.1) and strikeouts (135). Furman product Will Gaddis added an area rooting interest to the staff and finished the year with an even 6-6 overall mark. He lowered his ERA from 5.68 at Grand Junction in 2017 to 5.04 at McCormick Field, both notorious hitter’s parks.
“This season was memorable in so many ways. The team competed all year long,” said Doug Maurer, director of broadcast and media relations for the Tourists. “We are grateful to the players and the fans for making 2018 a year for the history books.”
In closing the season, the South Atlantic League announced that Tourists’ exec Samantha Fisher is its 2018 Female Executive of the Year. The Coastal Carolina graduate is in her fourth year with the team. She was recognized for numerous efforts within the organization including managing more than 50 part-time employees, overseeing social media marketing, website content, and in-game promotions. She also organizes the team’s multiple community outreach programs.
“I am honored to receive this award and to represent the Asheville Tourists,” said Fischer. “The Tourists have always afforded me the opportunities to succeed and trusted in my ability as a person to get the job done.”