SteepleCats Play Chinese Guest Team on Sunday
Editor's Note: The game had to be canceled because of rain and expected thunderstorms.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The SteepleCats will welcome the Chinese Taipei National team for a friendly game Sunday night.
Public Relations Tom Aslip said the game starts at 6:30 pm Sunday at Joe Wolfe Field and will be a “once in a life time opportunity.” Normally Sunday games take place at 4:30 pm, however the time has been shifted for the special event.
"Our guys are really excited, and it definitely something to come see," Aslip said.
Although the game won't count in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) standings, Aslip said it is an excellent opportunity to see how another culture plays baseball.
"Anyone form another culture coming into to North Adams is exciting, and it is great to meet new people and experience another culture," Aslip said. "To have baseball in common between the two cultures and getting to see the way they play the game against our guys should be a great opportunity and we really excited about it."
General Manager Johno Hinkell said the SteepleCats have played teams from other countries in the past. He said they have played the Chinese Taipei team before. He said international teams often reach out to USA teams when they decide they want to go on a tour.
"It was brought to the NECBL earlier in the year and teams who were interested can pursue it," Hinkell said. "Basically if their tour fits your off days you have a shot to host them."
Hinkell said the SteepleCats in the past would set up activities for the international team, however, this year the team is just making a day trip to North Adams and leaving after the game.
Aslip said international friendly games often take place in the NECBL league. He said the Newport Gulls also faced a Chinese national team and were the only team in the USA they played who were able to defeat them.
Aslip said everyone should come experience the special game and support the 'Cats.
"We are all very excited; this is something that has been in the works for a while and it is an amazing opportunity," he said.