Chisenhall, Packard higlight 44th Annual Wilson Hot Stove Banquet

WILSON, N.C. (WITN) - Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall and ECU baseball All-American Bryant Packard highlighted the 44th Annual Wilson Hot Stove Banquet Tuesday night.

Last year it was Oakland A's pitcher Chris Hatcher who attended the event, but this year the Morehead City native talked some baseball at the Wilson Recreation Center.

The Wilson Hot Stove League honors outstanding achievement on the baseball diamond by local players, coaches and contributors

ECU junior Bryant Packard received the Trot Nixon "Gamer" Award at this year's banquet.

"You don't realize how many good players are coming out of North Carolina," said Chisenhall. "[Packard] is up here getting an award. He's supposed to be one of the best hitters in the country. He's on a good team too, so we'll see how far they go."

Packard, who was accompanied by ECU baseball head coach Cliff Godwin and his father John, recently became the first player in ECU history to be named to six All-America teams and is on a number of pres-season All-America teams heading into 2019.

"Well, it's pretty cool since I watch Lonnie Chisenhall videos on YouTube all the time on him hitting and stuff," said Packard. "We're very comparable when swinging, but it's a great honor. The Wilson community, they support Pirate baseball heavily, just like Greenville, so it's a great honor to be here and accept the award."