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PREVIEW: Otters open exhibition schedule with Education Day against Florence

05/01/2018 3:52 PM -

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters will play the first of six exhibition games Wednesday, taking on the Florence Freedom at Bosse Field on Education Day.

First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the Otters will host another Education Day next Wednesday, May 9, at 10:05 a.m. against the Southern Illinois Miners.

Activity booths will be available throughout the ballpark thanks to partners that include the Children’s Museum of Evansville, Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, Boys and Girls Club, 4C of Southern Indiana, Wesselman’s Park and Nature Preserve, and Junior Achievement.

Last season, area schools packed Bosse Field and the 5,263 fans in attendance helped record the highest Education Day crowd in the 24-year history of the Otters’ franchise.

As for on the field, eight returning players are on Evansville’s spring training roster this year for manager Andy McCauley—led by Jeff Gardner, who hit .278 with 23 home runs and 86 RBIs in 91 games with the Otters last season.

On the pitching side, veteran arms are expected to lead the rotation this season with right-handed pitchers Tyler Vail and Luc Rennie returning along with left-handed reliever Kyano Cummings.

Evansville will travel to Florence, Ky. Thursday for a 5:35 p.m. exhibition game at UC Health Stadium against the Freedom before returning Friday to host Southern Illinois in the annual Jacob’s Village benefit exhibition game at 6:35 p.m.

There will be no video or audio broadcast of Wednesday’s exhibition opener but fans can follow Otters social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for game updates throughout the day.

In transaction news, the Otters released catcher John Fidanza and signed right-handed pitcher Clinton Hollon.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Season tickets, group outing packages, and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2018 season.

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