Tourists Remain Home as Summer Arrives

Asheville Tourists shortstop Freudis Nova (7) throws the ball to second base during a game against the Aberdeen IronBirds on June 18. (Tony Farlow/Four Seam Images)

June 22, 2021 (Asheville, N.C.) — As the calendar officially turns to summer, the Tourists will be in town all week to host the Winston-Salem Dash (formerly of the Carolina League) starting tonight at 6:35 p.m. at McCormick Field. Asheville is coming off a six-game home series split with the Aberdeen IronBirds. The IronBirds, along with Winston-Salem and Asheville, joined the newly-created “High-A East” this spring as part of the re-organization of MiLB.

Through 41 games the Tourists are 18-23 and in sixth place in the circuit’s South Division. Winston-Salem arrives in Asheville with a 20-22 mark and 1.5 games ahead of the Tourists. Included on the roster of the Dash is leftfielder Alex Destino. Destino is a native of nearby Weaverville and was selected in the 14th round of the 2017 draft by the Dash’s parent, the Chicago White Sox. He is a career .270 hitter in the minors and has started 40 of 42 games this year for the visitors.