The game will take place on July 8
“We are delighted and honored to be able to host such high profile games in Coastal Plain League ballparks and communities,” said CPL Commissioner Justin Sellers. “There is a great history to this Friendship Series and having these games as part of our summer schedule will only add to the excitement our clubs have in store for our fans in 2014. Both USA Baseball and Japan feature elite talent, and these games will provide our fans with the opportunity to see some of the best players in the world.”
The first game will take place on July 6 at Finch Field in Thomasville, N.C., the home of the CPL’s High Point-Thomasville HiToms. From there, the two teams will travel to Historic Fleming Stadium, home of the league’s Wilson Tobs, for a game on July 7. Finally, the series will conclude on July 8 at Buck Hardee Field, the home of the CPL’s Wilmington Sharks. The Sharks have announced ticket prices as $10.00 for General Admission and $12.00 for Reserved Seating.
In order to purchase tickets online, click HERE, or call 910-363-5621 to speak to the Sharks Front Office.
The gates of Buck Hardee field will open at 2pm on Tuesday the 8th, in order for fans to get a closer look at these two teams as they take infield and batting practice on the field. Live music will be provided by Massive Grass, a local bluegrass band, beginning at 5pm. There will be an unforgettable fireworks show after the game.
"On behalf of the entire Wilmington Sharks organization, we are thrilled to be welcoming Team USA and Team Japan to our newly renovated stadium," commented Peter Freund, owner of the Sharks. "We can think of no better way to elevate the overall fan experience than to bring international competition to the Shark Tank!"
“We fully expect to play this series in front of large crowds of great Coastal Plain League baseball fans,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball’s General Manager of National Teams. “These games are a great testament to the involvement that the Coastal Plain League and its franchises have with building their communities and helping grow the game of baseball. Fans can expect great baseball during these games and will be able to follow these players as they move on to future professional careers in each country.”
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com.
USA Baseball is the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan American teams (and all other USA Baseball professional teams), and the Collegiate, 18U, 15U, 12U and Women’s National Teams, all of which participate in various domestic and international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit USABaseball.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.
Carson Bowen, Media Relations
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