The national collegiate baseball teams of the United States and Japan will play a series of games throughout New England this coming July. Announced in separate press conferences, the team’s will play games in Worcester and Brockton, MA, as well as Nashua, New Hampshire. The Future’s Collegiate Baseball League’s Prospect will also participate in the series.
The team’s will lodge at Worcester State University during the series of games, which runs from July 11-18. Worcester State athletic director Michael Mudd expressed excitement to the Worcester Telegram, saying, “It gives us a chance to showcase our facilities to some of the best players in the world. Using our batting cages, baseball fields and training centers for a week will be special to this institution.”
The games will start in Worcester and then shift to Brockton before finishing up north in Nashua, NH. The schedule of games is as follows:
July 11: FCBL’s Prospect Team vs. United States, Worcester, MA
July 13: United States vs. Japan, Worcester, MA
July 14: United States vs. Japan, Brockton, MA
July 17: United States vs. Japan, Nashua, NH
According to the Worcester Telegram, this is the 41st series between the team’s since their first meeting in 1972. This will be the first series contested in the United States since 2011. According to The Enterprise, Japan defeated the United States in the decisive game of the series last summer under tie-breaker rules, where runners are placed on first and second base with nobody out to start the inning.
“This isn’t just a friendly series either, it’s a battle,” FCBL commissioner Chris Hall told the Worcester Telegram, “Japan is coming in here to win.”
Worcester games are played at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. The game in Brockton will be played at Campanelli Stadium, while Holman Stadium will welcome the squad’s to Nashua. More information regarding exact game times, tickets, parking and other activities surrounding the games will be published when the information is released.