CPL: HiToms to host Team USA at Finch
Excitement is building in the front office at Finch Field in preparation for this weekend’s events.
On Saturday and Sunday, the HiToms of the Coastal Plain League will host Team USA, a collegiate baseball squad that is loaded with future Major League Baseball stars. First pitch Saturday is set for 7 p.m. while Sunday’s finale will start at 5 p.m..
“They have never been to the Piedmont,” said HiToms President Greg Suire. “We are just thrilled that they have selected Finch Field — the most historic field in the area — to play their first game. It is going to be a great experience.”
Currently playing other teams in the CPL, Team USA will conclude its run through the league in Thomasville. The games are preparation for the national teams international competition that is highlighted by a trip to play Japan, before hosting Cuba.
“It worked out that on the back end of their schedule before they go to Japan, that they have an open day,” said Suire. “We were lucky enough to be the beneficiary of that.”
Four college stars from the state are members of the team. From UNC, pitcher Trent Thornton and outfielder Skye Bolt are on the roster. Players from N.C. State include sensational pitcher Carlos Rodon and infielder Trea Turner. Other top names from around the country that participated in the College World Series include UCLA’s David Berg and Adam Plutko, Dan Child (Oregon State), Michael Conforto (Oregon State) and Adam Frazier (Mississippi State).
“It is an exciting event and to be honest, it is one of those events you need to mark down on your bucket list,” said Suire. “To say, ‘hey, I was there for that night when the USA national team came to Thomasville.’ We are just thrilled they are going to be in town.”
Suire says there has been a lot of interest in the weekend series that has drawn the attention of the regional media. In Saturday’s contest, the HiToms will don special uniforms to commemorate the event.
Suire credits the recent rise in baseball in the area for making this event possible. From the success of the HiToms to local product Wil Myers recently making an MLB roster, the High Point-Thomasville area has been highlighted in recent years.
“It is an acknowledgment that the baseball community in High Point and Thomasville has grown enough to be able and host an institution like this,” Suire said.
Tickets are $8 for box seats and $7 for general admission.