North Carolina’s hidden gem in Forest City


FOREST CITY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — At first glance, you’d swear you are looking at a baseball facility for a division I program. An all turf infield. An indoor facility to die for complete with batting cages and weight equipment. This isn’t UNC or NC State, this is East Rutherford High School in Forest City, NC.

“My brother plays college baseball and he says he’d rather come and work out here,” said senior Tucker Hamrick.

The ERHS baseball program was blessed by non other than Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, who happens to be an East Rutherford High grad.

He helped fund the turf infield, as well as the indoor baseball practice facility. It’s a contribution head coach Bobby Reynolds is forever grateful for because he knows how far they’ve come.

“When I came here in 1992 we dressed in a trailer,” said Reynolds.

From trailer to top of the line, but Reynolds recognizes McNair would not support a slouch. The Texans owner was impressed by what Reynolds was doing with the program. Reynolds racked up six state championship as well as 5 American Legion titles.

“We walk in everyday and we see him and we appreciate what he’s done for the baseball program,” said senior Wes Reynolds. “It’s just a privilege to walk in each day and get to play for him.”

“We try to dress them right, we try to coach them right and they have to perform right,” said Reynolds. “It’s not just one thing, or two things, it’s a whole program.”

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