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April 1, 2021

Kinston, North Carolina – The Down East Wood Ducks will host the first-ever high school girls soccer match to take place in Historic Grainger Stadium on Friday, April 16th. The game will feature the NCISAA 3A Defending State Champions, Parrott Academy, who will take on Wilmington Christian Academy. Gates will

Wood Ducks to Play 120 Games in Inaguaral Low A East Season 

February 18, 2021

Kinston, North Carolina – Earlier today, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the 2021 schedules for all 120 Minor League Clubs. AAA clubs are scheduled for a 142 game season with all AA, High A and Low A clubs scheduled for a 120 game season. A feature of the 120 game

Wood Ducks are part of the Low-A East League, which features 7 former Carolina League teams

February 12, 2021

Kinston, North Carolina – Earlier today, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that all 120 Minor League Clubs offered an invitation to become Professional Development League (PDL) license holders have officially agreed to accept. The licenses will create many improvements to the experience and lifestyle of Minor League players, such as:

Down East Wood Ducks Announce 2021 Season Coaching Staff

February 10, 2021

Kinston, North Carolina – Earlier today, the Texas Rangers announced their 2021 minor league coaching staffs. The Down East Wood Ducks will feature an entirely new staff from the one that was in place during the last season of play in 2019. Even though the staff is new to Down

Team Signs 10-year Major League Baseball Professional Development License with Rangers

February 9, 2021

Kinston, North Carolina – The Wood Ducks have officially accepted their invitation to become the new Low-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers after signing Major League Baseball’s Professional Development License (PDL) on Tuesday. The 10-year agreement will keep Rangers’ Low-A baseball in Kinston through the 2030 season. “We are so


August 21, 2020

October 29th Event to Feature “Swing for Swag” ,which includes a chance to win $100,000 Kinston, North Carolina – The Down East Wood Ducks will host four (4) Beer and BP (Batting Practice) events at Grainger Stadium this October, presented by Down East Homes. Each of the events will take


August 13, 2020

Kinston, North Carolina – The Down East Wood Ducks will host a Youth Softball Camp, Presented by Stallings Plumbing, Heating and A/C, on Monday, August 31st through Wednesday, September 2nd. The Youth Softball Camp will offer daily sessions from 9am-1pm. The three day camp is $50 per participant for all

Kinston Cornhole Classic Presented by Poole Realty

August 7, 2020

Kinston, North Carolina – The Down East Wood Ducks will host the inaugural Kinston Cornhole Classic, Presented by Poole Realty on Saturday, November 7th. The one-day event is open to two person teams and will be divided into two divisions: Advanced and Social. The top 3 teams in each division

Baseball Doubleheader to allow 2020 ENC Seniors to play one last game in high school uniform

June 16, 2020

The Down East Wood Ducks announced plans to host the inaugural 2020 ENC High School Senior Sendoff, Presented by Lenoir Community College on Saturday, June 27th at Grainger Stadium in Kinston. The event is a celebration of all recent 2020 graduates, but will be highlighted by a doubleheader of baseball

Robertson’s Unique Baseball Journey Includes Pit Stop at Comerica Park

Wood Ducks Reliever Threw Live Batting Practice for Rangers in 2019
May 5, 2020

­Wes Robertson did not begin pitching until age 21. He had thrown just a handful of innings at the Division III level, followed by a brief summer league stint before being signed by the Texas Rangers, in 2017. Two years later he had worked his way up to the Advanced-A

Rounding out his game: How Curtis Terry Became More Than a Power Hitter

Rangers Minor League Player of the Year Transformed his Game Defensively
April 21, 2020

When you begin to unpack the accolades and statistics produced from his 6-foot-3-inch, 264-pound frame, it’s easy to slap the label of “power hitter” on Curtis Terry’s game. While the pop is undeniable, one thing that shouldn’t fly under the radar is his growth as a fielder. A native of

Call to the Bullpen: A Transition that Changed the Trajectory of Demarcus Evans’ Career

Former Wood Ducks Reliever Now One Step Away from the Major Leagues
April 7, 2020

Demarcus Evans marched off the mound after a career-high eight innings of work September 1, 2017. His Spokane Indians and the Everett AquaSox were locked in a 2-2 tie. It was the best start of his career: no walks, six strikeouts, and just two unearned runs allowed on three hits.

Lambin's Coaching Career Shaped by Life-Changing Season in Japan

Former Wood Ducks Hitting Coach Played for the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2009
March 31, 2020

With a crowded Sapporo bar clapping the beat and singing his song, Chase Lambin danced his dance. Snapping his fingers, swaying to the rhythm, and giving his patented heal slap, the crowd roared. He was nine years into his professional baseball career, and he had never been more famous or

*NEW FOR 2020* All You Can Eat Thursdays

February 7, 2020

Each AYCE Thursday will feature a menu of two food items. Fans will be able to eat as much as they want of those two items from 6 pm until 8:30 pm. There is no special ticket or wristband needed on these nights. Just buy a regular game ticket for

Announcing the 2020 Coaching Staff

December 9, 2019

Arlington, Texas - Today the Texas Rangers announced their Minor League Staff for the 2020 season, including the group that will lead the Wood Ducks this spring. Down East will be Managed by, who moves up a level from Single-A Hickory, where he was the fourth coach with the Crawdads, who

Stephen Watson wins Carolina League Turf Manager of the Year

Watson has won the award in all 3 years of franchise history
September 17, 2019

The Carolina League has announced that Stephen Watson, Head Groundskeeper for the Down East Wood Ducks, has won the 2019 Carolina League Sports Turf Manager of the Year. The win marks the third straight year that Watson has taken home the award.

2020 Schedule is here!

Announcing the 2020 season schedule.
September 13, 2019

The Wood Ducks will again open the regular season at home as the team will kick off the 2020 campaign on Thursday, April 9th when they take on the Potomac Nationals. The game will begin a 7-game homestand that will also see the Woodies take on the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. The

Fayetteville Uses Four Run Seventh to Advance to Championship

Down East Wraps up 2019 with 89 Total Victories
September 8, 2019

Kinston, N.C. - The Fayetteville Woodpeckers struck for four runs in the seventh inning, on their way to a 6-3 victory over Down East, Sunday, to take the finale of the best-of-five series.

Down East, Fayetteville Split Double-Header, Saturday

Winner-Take-All Game Five Set For Sunday
September 7, 2019

Fayetteville, N.C. - The Down East Wood Ducks picked up a walk-off, 5-4, victory in extra innings in game one of their double-header, before falling 7-2 in the second game against the Woodpeckers in the Carolina League Southern Division Series.

CLDS Game 3 Postponed Due to Field Conditions

Down East, Fayetteville to Play Double-Header Saturday
September 6, 2019

Kinston, N.C. - Tonight's playoff game between the Down East Wood Ducks and Fayetteville Woodpeckers has been postponed due to field conditions following Hurricane Dorian.

Down East, Fayetteville Trade 3-0 Wins in Double-Header Split

Best of Five Series Tied 1-1 Heading to Kinston
September 4, 2019

Fayetteville, N.C. - The Down East Wood and Fayetteville Woodpeckers traded 3-0 shutout wins, with the Woodies taking game one, and the 'Peckers claiming game two, Wednesday.


Down East, Fayetteville Will Play Double-Header Wednesday
September 3, 2019

Kinston, N.C. - With Hurricane Dorian expected to impact the Carolinas later this week the Carolina League has announced schedule changes for the Southern Division Mills Cup Playoff matchup between the Down East Wood Ducks and Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

Wood Ducks Bat Around in Ninth, Fall Short Against Fayetteville

Down East Can't Overcome Deficit, Six Scoreless From Dubin
September 2, 2019

Fayetteville, N.C. - The Down East Wood Ducks rallied from down 5-0 in the ninth inning to score four times, but ultimately stranded the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position, falling 5-4 in the regular season finale.

Wood Ducks Fall Late to Woodpeckers in Pitcher's Duel

Anderson Delivers Quality Start in Loss
September 1, 2019

Fayetteville, N.C. - The Fayetteville Woodpeckers scratched across the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, to come back and defeat the Wood Ducks, clinching the second half Southern Division title.

Villegas, Advocate Combine for Two-Hit Shutout in Double-Header Split

Down East Falls in Game One on Hensley Walk-Off Single
August 31, 2019

Fayetteville, N.C. - Despite falling 6-5 in walk-off fashion in game one of their double-header, the Wood Ducks came back strong in game two, and earned their 18th shutout win of the season, with a 3-0 victory over the Woodpeckers.