Expedition League

The Expedition League is a collegiate summer baseball league in the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada. The league was founded in May 2017 in Rapid City, South Dakota, by businessman Steve Wagner, who also serves as president. The league featured eight teams and its inaugural season that began on May 2018.[1] It added the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks and the Fremont Moo for the 2019 season[2] It currently has 10 teams as of the 2019 season.

Expedition League
SportBaseball
Founded2017
PresidentSteve Wagner (2017–present)
MottoWhere Tomorrow's Stars Play...Today
No. of teams10
Countries United States  Canada
HeadquartersRapid City, South Dakota, United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Badlands Big Sticks
Official websiteExpedition League

The Rapid City Jackalopes are set to join the Expedition League in 2020[3]. The Hub City Hotshots have suspended operations for the 2020 season and the city of Aberdeen, South Dakota has terminated the contract for use of Fossum Field.[4]

Teams

Division Team Location Stadium Capacity Head coach General manager Website Inaugural season Team owner
Lewis
Badlands Big SticksDickinson, North DakotaAstoria Field840Hayden PewittJason WatsonBadlands Big Sticks2018
Hub City HotshotsAberdeen, South DakotaFossum Field2,500Jacob JarreauJon HoffmanHub City Hotshots2018Steve Wagner, Connie Wagner
Pierre TrappersPierre, South DakotaHyde Stadium1,250Tanner NealeJackson BrucePierre Trappers2018Steve Wagner, Connie Wagner
Souris Valley Sabre DogsMinot, North DakotaCorbett Field2,000Corey ThompsonDarrell HandelsmanSouris Valley Sabre Dogs2018
Wheat City Whiskey JacksBrandon, ManitobaAndrews Field3,326Walker BullingtonRay WalkerWheat City Whiskeyjacks2019
Clark
Casper HorseheadsCasper, WyomingMike Lansing Field2,500Scott StoverChuck HeemanCasper Horseheads2018Chuck Heeman, Mayra Heeman
Fremont MooFremont, NebraskaMoller FieldShea BennettChris CarlsenFremont Moo2019
Hastings SodbustersHastings, NebraskaDuncan Field1,300Bryan FrewBryan FrewHastings Sodbusters2018Bryan Frew
Spearfish SasquatchSpearfish, South DakotaBlack Hills Energy Stadium754Ryan WrightSpearfish Sasquatch2018
Western Nebraska PioneersGering, NebraskaOregon Trail Park Stadium1,250Jimmy TurkChuck HeemanWestern Nebraska Pioneers2018Chuck Heeman, Mayra Heeman

Membership timeline

Possible future teams

Location[5] Stadium Capacity Possible start date
Gillette, Wyoming2020
Grand Forks, North Dakota2020
Kearney, Nebraska2020
Rapid City, South Dakota2020
Williston, North Dakota2020

League officials

Position[5] Name
PresidentSteve Wagner
DirectorConnie Wagner
Vice president of operationsVacant

References

  1. Spedden, Zach (May 30, 2017). "Expedition League to Launch in 2018". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  2. Bergson, Perry (Oct 3, 2018). "Expedition League bringing team to Brandon". Brandon Sun. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  3. Staff, Journal (May 15, 2019). "Jackalopes coming to Rapid City, Expedition League in 2020". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  4. Sand, Elisa (September 5, 2019). "Hotshots suspend 2020 season, city terminates Fossum Field contract". AberdeenNews.com. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  5. Sayler, Bruce (January 17, 2018). "Collegians might be on deck at 3 Legends". Butte Sports. Butte, Montana: Butte Broadcasting, Inc. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
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