WINSTON SALEM — Matthew Pinnix, a fourth-grader from West Yadkin Elementary, took his talents to the ball field where he sang the national anthem, in front of a record crowd of more than 9,007 people, at Dash Stadium on July 4.
Matthew auditioned with hundreds of other contestants at Hanes Mall in February to sing the national anthem at a Dash baseball game. The Winston-Salem Journal chose Matthew as one of the five finalists. Voting then ran online for two months for first place position which would sing at the Dash’s largest game, with fireworks. Matthew won the contest by a large majority of votes.
Matthew is 9 years old and lives in Hamptonville. His parents are Jared and Erica Pinnix. Grandparents are Andrea and Dicky Pinnix of Hamptonville, and Karen Minton of Jonesville. Matthew did a super job, although he says he was very nervous.