HiToms to host Team USA for second straight year

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 11:47 AM

The stars and stripes will be coming to Finch Field once again in 2014.
Announced by the High-Point Thomasville HiToms on Thursday, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will visit the Triad on June 23 for a baseball exhibition. Last year was the first time Team USA had visited the Chair City. Thanks to a warm welcome the team received in a two-game series last season, they have graciously accepted an invitation to appear at the historic ballpark again.
“The only reason they are coming back is because the hospitality of our community was so good,” said HiToms President Greg Suire. “They were pleased with their visit. Mayor (Joe) Bennett presented them the key to the city and they really appreciated that.”
General Manager Nick Gaski played an important role in bringing the collegiate team back to the area. Through his relationship and contacts at the Team USA headquarters, he was able to secure the date which will be the first in a week-long tour of the Coastal Plain League. There will be seven games played in all.
“It's a tremendous privilege for our organization to once again play host to USA Baseball,” said Gaski in a press release. “For our players this a coveted chance to compete against a compilation of college baseball's elite, and for our fans it's a unique opportunity to not only watch, but also interact with these exceptionally talented athletes.”
Team USA fields some of the best talent college baseball has to offer. Many players off the team last season are expected to be selected this summer in the Major League Baseball draft.
Through its partnership with Novant Health, the HiToms will once again don special uniforms for the event.
“Novant Health is doing a foundation fundraiser for diabetes, so they will be designing commemorative uniforms for our players to wear that will be auctioned off after the game,” said Suire.
With Finch Field being the first stop of the summer for Team USA, Suire expects the house to be full of people throughout the Triad.
“Needless to say when you get the best college baseball players to come to the Thomasville community, that is a nice feather in the cap for our area,” said Suire. “We hope people will come out to the ballpark and enjoy themselves.”
This will mark the fifth straight year in which Team USA has toured parks in the CPL.

Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or kepley@tvilletimes.com.