The Carolina Disco Turkeys, a popular regional collegiate wood-bat baseball squad that’s been playing select home games at Hickory’s LP Frans Stadium this month, hope to repeat their most recent Catawba Valley success in their game this Thursday night.
The Disco Turkeys (6-8-1) square off against their chief rival, the Boone Bigfoots (7-5), at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the two clubs’ fourth match-up overall on the season. The Disco Turkeys won a pitchers’ duel, 3-2, last time at LP Frans on June 9. Tickets are $6 at the gate.
In fact, the June 9 meeting marks the only time the Disco Turkeys have beaten the Bigfoots, which won all 5 meetings between the teams a year ago. Both teams are in their second season and each have had a lot of success building big brand names on the college wood-bat circuit. The Disco Turkeys have sold t-shirts and hats in all 50 states and all over the world and the Bigfoots have become an entertainment attraction in the Boone market, which wasn’t previously known for summer baseball.
The winner of this year’s 10-game season series between the two teams wins the Turkeyfoot Cup, a trophy name that combines parts of each team’s name and also the name of a small town called Turkeyfoot, NC that’s roughly halfway between Winston-Salem and Boone.
“There’s no question that both of these teams want to win the Cup,” said Disco Turkeys co-owner and team president Greg Sullivan. “If we win this last match-up in Hickory, we’re tied back up at 2 games apiece and I think our guys will feel like the Cup is ours to win.”
The Disco Turkeys’ first game at LP Frans on June 2 against The Kingsmen ended in a rainout. The Disco Turkeys had showed up to that game playing in shorts, which is a fun stunt that can happen in this brand of baseball.
Bigfoots to make a docu-drama
Fans that show up to the game on Thursday could very well become a part of something that gets chronicled on television. The Bigfoots’ owner Bob Wilson is a producer for the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai and has been producing a docu-drama of the Bigfoots' season.
The Bigfoots have been up and down this season after an impressive 26-5 campaign in their first season in 2021.
Disco Turkeys to play in Danville, Virginia on Friday
Following their game on Thursday, the Disco Turkeys will cross state lines for another big barnstorming home game on Friday night. The team plays the Greensboro Yard Goats at the Danville Otterbots' stadium, American Legion Field, at 6 p.m.