Hi-Toms set to play USA collegiate nationals twice
The Thomasville HiToms announced Thursday that they will host one of the best amateur teams in the country, the USA Baseball collegiate national team, for two games in late June.
The HiToms, who play in the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League, will welcome Team USA on June 29 and June 30, as part of the national team’s week-and-a-half training in preparation for international play throughout July.
“It’s thrilling to see a team littered with future major leaguer first-rounders,” said Greg Suire, the president of the HiToms. “Players like David Price, Dustin Pedroia, Justin Verlander and Nick Swisher all played for USA Baseball.
“It’s thrilling to bring to High Point the best in amateur baseball and to have them play against our HiToms.”
Suire said he’s approached the idea through the league in years past and the dates never worked out. Fortunately, this year HiToms and USA Baseball, which trains in Cary, both had open dates.
USA Baseball has never played in the Triad, Suire said, and as a program likes to visit places in which it has never played. So, the opportunity was there, and the HiToms were glad to jump on it.
The HiToms also announced their full 56-game CPL summer schedule, opening May 28 at Forest City before opening at home May 29 against Asheboro. The HiToms will host 33 games, including 28 CPL games and five non-league games, as well as their traditional Fourth of July celebration.
Tickets for all HiToms games Feb. 5. For a complete schedule, visit www.hitoms.com.