Around the League

Gastonia's 2022 Success Defies Odds

GASTONIA, NC – AUGUST 29, 2022 The Gastonia Honey Hunters have proven to be an unexpected force to be reckoned with. Their 2022 season has been nothing short of impressive for their second year as an organization. From clinching their spot in the South Division Championship and leading the Atlantic League for four consecutive weeks to breaking multiple records in one game, the Honey Hunters are having a breakout season.
In 2021, the Gastonia Honey Hunters began their inaugural season in the middle of a global pandemic, while simultaneously opening a brand new state-of-the-art multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility, CaroMont Health Park. Owned by Brandon Bellamy, the only African American majority owner of a professional baseball team in the country, the Honey Hunters have made history since day one from beyond the field.
In 2021, Honey Hunters ended the season with a 54-66 record, last in the Atlantic League with a .450 winning percentage. The team collectively earned 159 stolen bases.
Fast forward to 2022, where the Gastonia Honey Hunters have recently held the highest winning percentage in all of professional baseball across the world. In the last two weeks, the team had a winning percentage of .711 while the Los Angeles Dodgers held a .700 winning percentage at the same time. The next highest winning percentage in the country was .677, held by the Charleston River Dogs, the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Our primary goal in 2022, was to build a balanced attack. We feel like we have accomplished that across pitching, fielding and hitting. That has led to a lot of success this season and we look forward to finishing the year out,” says David Martin, General Manager of the Gastonia Honey Hunters since 2021.
Brady Salisbury, Assistant General Manager with the Honey Hunters who joined after the 2021 season, gave his thoughts on what was planned for 2022, “Our goal from day 1, was always be well rounded. Everyone knows how lopsided we were last year and that was shown by the overall record. This year, there was emphasis to be at least league average on all three aspects of the game: hitting, pitching and fielding. To this point in the season, we have done that and then some. Players buying in on the field and in the clubhouse have led us to having some of the best seasons in league history. We aren’t satisfied, the job is not done.”
In one game, the Honey Hunters broke two Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) records. The Atlantic League Stolen Base record was previously held by the Somerset Patriots with 265 stolen bases in a season. The 22-year-old record was broken by the Honey Hunters with 266 bases stolen as of August 24, 2022.
The second record was broken by Jake Skole, an outfielder for the Honey Hunters. Skole became the first player to achieve back-to-back 20-20 seasons, securing him a spot in the “20-20 Cub.” This happens when a player earns 20 or more home runs and 20 or more stolen bases in a season. Jake Skole achieved this in 2021 and 2022 with the Gastonia Honey Hunters.

“We focused on building a pitching staff that had veteran leadership with versatility and added speed to our already powerful lineup,” says Mauro “Goose” Gozzo, Manager of the Gaston Honey Hunters since 2021.  

These accomplishments in 114 games could be the last thing that baseball fans and commentators expected from the Gastonia Honey Hunters going into the 2022 season. However, the season is not over and there is more to expect with 18 regular season games remaining. The South Division Championship starts with Game One at CaroMont Health Park on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. As of now, the Gastonia Honey Hunters will face a wildcard opponent.


Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015