Disco Turkeys set for first-ever homestand this weekend

After a busy offseason of building a competitive roster and launching their new baseball club, the Carolina Disco Turkeys will finally take the field at Truist Stadium this weekend for their first three home games.

The summer wood bat team, with several elite talents from schools like Wake Forest, East Carolina and Davidson, hosts visits from the Martinsville Ponies Friday and Saturday nights, both at 8 pm, and the Statesville Owls come in on Sunday at 3 pm.

The Disco Turkeys (1-3) plan to start AC Plum in their opener. Plum is an intriguing 6-foot-7 righty pitcher who had been at longtime Division 1 powerhouse Rice University before recently entering the transfer portal.

“This is a smart kid with the size and power to command attention from big colleges and scouts,” said Disco Turkeys head coach Kirk Cabana. “We’re going to work with him to help him reach his goals and do all we can to put him in a situation to show what he can do.”

The Disco Turkeys’ lineup could sometimes include an all-Division 1 outfield with Henry Koehler, a starter at Davidson, mixed with UNC Greensboro’s Caleb Smith, an Atkins graduate, and Wake Forest’s Dane Stewart. Deion Tubbs, who plays at Illinois’ McKendree University, has shown a lot of ability early as well and figures to play often at centerfield.

The team’s infield has power at first base with Caldwell Community College’s Hayden Setzer, whose homer in the season opener at High Point-Thomasville helped lift the Disco Turkeys over the Hi-Toms in an early upset of the Coastal Plain League power. Carolina will continue to beef up at its infield spots with coming additions of four infielders from Division 1 and 2 NCAA Tournament teams whose seasons either just wrapped up or will later this month. Among those additions will be East Carolina's Austin St. Laurent, who is an option as a relief pitcher as well for the Disco Turkeys.

The team will return home for a long homestand later this month and has more homestands throughout July. Friday’s home opener features a magnet schedule giveaway to the first 500 fans. Saturday night is being billed as a Saturday Night Disco Party and Sunday is a Florida Man Celebration, which will allow some of the first fans with a Florida driver’s license to throw out a first pitch and will feature a costumed alligator to hang out with the Disco Turkeys’ regular mascot Boogie.

Tickets are $7 for seating anywhere in the stadium’s lower sections of seating and general admission areas.

Upcoming homestand

Fri., Jun 4 vs. Martinsville Ponies, 8 pm

Sat., Jun 5 vs. Martinsville Ponies, 8 pm

Sun., Jun 6 vs. Statesville Owls, 3 pm

All games are at Truist Stadium in Winston-Salem