Expedition League
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Expedition League
Expedition League
SportBaseball
Founded2017
PresidentSteve Wagner (2017-present)
MottoWhere Tomorrow's Stars Play...Today
No. of teams11
Countries United States  Canada
HeadquartersRapid City, South Dakota, United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Badlands Big Sticks
Official websiteExpedition 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.

The Rapid City Jackalopes, originally announced for the 2020 season,[3] were described in early 2020 as being "at least one more year away" due to the lack of a suitable stadium.[4] 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.[5] In December 2019, the Sioux Falls SunFish announced that the team would start at the beginning of the 2020 season,[6] playing at Ronken Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[7]

Teams

Division Team Location Stadium Capacity Head coach General manager Website Inaugural season Team owner
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Badlands Big Sticks Dickinson, North Dakota Astoria Field 840 Hayden Pewitt Jason Watson Badlands Big Sticks 2018 Dave Ouellette
Hub City Hotshots Aberdeen, South Dakota Fossum Field 2,500 Jacob Jarreau Jon Hoffman Hub City Hotshots 2018 Steve Wagner, Connie Wagner
Pierre Trappers Pierre, South Dakota Hyde Stadium 1,250 Tanner Neale Jackson Bruce Pierre Trappers 2018 Steve Wagner, Connie Wagner
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs Minot, North Dakota Corbett Field 2,000 Corey Thompson Steve Wagner Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 2018 Steve Wagner, Connie Wagner
Wheat City Whiskey Jacks Brandon, Manitoba Andrews Field 3,326 Walker Bullington Ray Walker Wheat City Whiskeyjacks 2019 Steve Wagner, Connie Wagner
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Casper Horseheads Casper, Wyoming Mike Lansing Field 2,500 Scott Stover Chuck Heeman Casper Horseheads 2018 Chuck Heeman, Mayra Heeman
Fremont Moo Fremont, Nebraska Moller Field Shea Bennett Chris Carlsen Fremont Moo 2019 Chad Miller
Hastings Sodbusters Hastings, Nebraska Duncan Field 1,300 Bryan Frew Bryan Frew Hastings Sodbusters 2018 Bryan Frew
Sioux Falls SunFish Sioux Falls, South Dakota Ronken Field Sioux Falls SunFish 2020 Steve Wagner, Connie Wagner
Spearfish Sasquatch Spearfish, South Dakota Black Hills Energy Stadium 754 DJ Engle Spearfish Sasquatch 2018 Eric Schmidt
Western Nebraska Pioneers Gering, Nebraska Oregon Trail Park Stadium 1,250 Jimmy Turk Chuck Heeman Western Nebraska Pioneers 2018 Chuck Heeman, Mayra Heeman

Membership timeline

Sioux Falls SunFishWheat City Whiskey JacksFremont MooWestern Nebraska PioneersSpearfish SasquatchSouris Valley Sabre DogsPierre TrappersHub City HotshotsHastings SodbustersCasper HorseheadsBadlands Big Sticks

Possible future teams

Location[8] Stadium Capacity Possible start date
Gillette, Wyoming 2021
Grand Forks, North Dakota 2021
Kearney, Nebraska 2021
Rapid City, South Dakota 2021
Williston, North Dakota 2021

League officials

Position[8] Name
President Steve Wagner
Director Connie Wagner
Vice president of operations Vacant

References

  1. ^ Spedden, Zach (May 30, 2017). "Expedition League to Launch in 2018". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Bergson, Perry (Oct 3, 2018). "Expedition League bringing team to Brandon". Brandon Sun. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Jackalopes coming to Rapid City, Expedition League in 2020". Rapid City Journal. May 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Jackalopes won't be ready for Expedition League 2020 season". Rapid City Journal. January 15, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Sand, Elisa (September 5, 2019). "Hotshots suspend 2020 season, city terminates Fossum Field contract". AberdeenNews.com. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Palleschi, Jerry (December 18, 2019). "Expedition League Set to Announce New Sioux Falls Affiliate". ESPN 99.1. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "New for 2020: Sioux Falls Sunfish". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. February 20, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ a b Sayler, Bruce (January 17, 2018). "Collegians might be on deck at 3 Legends". Butte Sports. Butte, Montana: Butte Broadcasting, Inc. Retrieved 2018.

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