EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After more than 600 days since their last game in September 2019, the Evansville Otters will be back in action Friday at Bosse Field in an exhibition game against the Black Sox.
Friday’s game is one of three this weekend at Bosse Field as part of the Otters’ Spring Training preseason schedule.
First pitch Friday is at 6:35 p.m. with tickets still available online at evansvilleotters.com or by calling (812) 435-8686.
“After everything that has happened in the last year, and not having Otters baseball, it’s real special to be back and see familiar faces again,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said to the media Thursday.
“It’s great to get back to competition, trying to advance players to the next level, and going out to win ballgames.”
The weekend exhibition series will be fans’ first real chance to come back to Bosse Field and cheer on their hometown team, while also getting a significant glimpse at the new renovations and upgrades at the ballpark. Most notably, there is a new LED videoboard in left center field and new LED field lights around the playing area.
“It all looks great, as it’s still the same old ballpark but with a modern feel to it,” pitcher Tyler Vail said Thursday during the team’s first workout. “It’s nice you won’t hear the humming from the old lights anymore.”
On the field, the Otters will have just a handful of familiar names. Those returning include Vail and fellow pitcher Anthony Arias, as well as position players Elijah MacNamee and Dakota Phillips.
“It’s a blessing to get back here at Bosse Field, and we’re ready to play,” MacNamee said. “I’ve got butterflies, because it feels like it’s been five years and not just one since we were last here.”
Evansville’s all-time hits and RBIs leader John Schultz makes his return to Bosse Field for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
“It’s been a long time coming since we’ve been able to see the fans, so to have fans in the stands, for them to get out and get some resemblance of normal again, that’s huge,” Schultz said. “It’s going to be exciting to have the fans back, pack the stands, and make some noise again.”
There will a lot of new faces and talent coming to Evansville this year, both out of the collegiate level and professional level.
For those wondering, Evansville’s opposition, the Black Sox, are a traveling professional baseball team.
For the 2021 season at Bosse Field, fans are highly encouraged to wear masks when up and walking around the concourse areas. Fans are also highly recommended to self-socially distance when choosing their seats in the General Admission grandstand. Sanitation stations will be located throughout the ballpark.
The return of Evansville Otters baseball at Bosse Field starts this weekend, as the Otters host the Black Sox for three exhibition games. The Friday and Saturday games start at 6:35 p.m., and Sunday’s first pitch is at 12:35 p.m.
Fans will enjoy new sights, sounds and smells in coming back to the ballpark this year.
The Otters’ home opener will be Saturday, May 29 at 6:35 p.m. against Equipe Quebec, a Canadian-based team with players from the different provinces of Canada.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.