DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Even though the Appalachian League season is already in full swing, the Danville Otterbots announced Monday the addition of two high-level baseball games to the 2021 schedule.
According to a statement released by the Danville Otterbots on Monday, June 14, USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team will play a Stars versus Stripes game in Danville at 7 p.m. on July 2. Then, the Native American National Team will take on the Western Hemisphere Team at 7 p.m. on July 12. Both games are set to be played at American Legion Stadium in Danville.
“The Collegiate team will not face an international opponent this summer; instead, this year’s Collegiate team will feature 48 players on two 24-man rosters, the Stars and Stripes, who will play 11 intrasquad games,” stated an official USA Baseball release. “Team USA will kick-off its 11-game tour on Friday, July 2, in Danville, Virginia.”
According to the Danville Otterbots, the Native American National Team was compiled by Frank Fulton — a Danville native and president of Sophos International — and consists of players who have heritage with one of the 400 Tribal Nations that exist within North America.
“Our players represent the Spirit of the Life Warrior. They treat the game, others, and themselves with respect,” said Fulton. “They enjoy playing the game and they represent their unique heritage of the past by sharing the history of their culture in word and deed.”
Officials say the Cherokee, Chippewa, Comanche, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Lumbee, Pasqua Yaqui, Piscataway Conoy, Powhatan, Sioux, and Tuscarora Native American Nations are represented on the team.
Meanwhile, the Western Hemisphere Team — also known as the VNuts — includes players from the United States, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden.
“The Otterbots could not be more excited to host Team USA’s Collegiate National Team’s first Stars vs Stripes game of the summer, and the Native American National Team’s Danville debut in July,” said Otterbots General Manager, Austin Scher. “The partnership between the Appalachian League and USA Baseball has not only provided new and unique opportunities for our players and coaching staff, but also for our incredible fans. Being able to host these games will be a phenomenal experience for all involved.”
Team USA’s Stars vs Stripes game will mark the beginning of the Otterbots’ Independence Day Weekend Celebration, which also features a Stars & Stripes Spectacular Fireworks Show on July 3 right after the Otterbots’ matchup against the Burlington Sock Puppets.
You can now order tickets for both National Team games and the Otterbots Stars & Stripes Spectacular online, at the Otterbots Box Office, or over the phone at (434) 554-4487.