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Independence League Baseball
Most recent season or competition:
2022
ClassificationCollegiate summer baseball
SportBaseball
Founded2021
Inaugural season2022
No. of teams8
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Western Nebraska Pioneers
(2022)
Official websiteindependenceleague.com

Independence League Baseball is a collegiate summer baseball league in the United States with teams playing in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.[1] The league played its inaugural season in 2022 with ten teams.[2]

The league was announced in October 2021 with seven teams which were leaving the Expedition League:[2][3][4]

For the 2022 season, the league added the Gem City Bison (Laramie, Wyoming),[5] the North Platte Plainsmen (North Platte, Nebraska),[6][7] and the Nebraska Prospects, a traveling team to balance the schedule with ten teams.[8] The Western Nebraska Pioneers were the champions of the inaugural season.[9]

For the 2023 season, the Oahe Zap will be a new team playing in Pierre, South Dakota[10][11] and the Canyon County Spuds will relocate from Caldwell, Idaho to Casper, Wyoming to become the Casper Spuds.[12] In December 2022, the Casper Horseheads ceased operations after four years in the two leagues.[13][14] In January 2023, the Gem City Bison announced that they will skip the 2023 season, citing "ongoing challenges", and that they will be "working diligently" to return in 2024.[15] As of February 2023, two other teams—North Platte Plainsmen and Western Nebraska Pioneers—are no longer listed as league members, reducing the league to seven teams.[1]

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Collegiate summer baseball

Collegiate summer baseball

Collegiate summer baseball leagues are amateur baseball leagues in the United States and Canada featuring players who have attended at least one year of college and have at least one year of athletic eligibility remaining. Generally, they operate from early June to early August. In contrast to college baseball, which allow aluminum or other composite baseball bats, players in these leagues use only wooden bats, hence the common nickname of these leagues as "wood-bat leagues". Collegiate summer leagues allow college baseball players the ability to compete using professional rules and equipment, giving them experience and allowing professional scouts the opportunity to observe players under such conditions.

United States

United States

The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or America, is a country primarily located in North America. It consists of 50 states, a federal district, five major unincorporated territories, nine Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. The United States is also in free association with three Pacific Island sovereign states: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. It is the world's third-largest country by both land and total area. It shares land borders with Canada to its north and with Mexico to its south. The U.S. has maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, Russia, and other nations. With a population of over 333 million, it is the most populous country in the Americas and the third most populous in the world. The national capital is Washington, D.C. and the most populous city and financial center is New York City.

Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west. It is the only triply landlocked U.S. state.

North Dakota

North Dakota

North Dakota is a U.S. state in the Upper Midwest, named after the indigenous Dakota Sioux. North Dakota is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north and by the U.S. states of Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana to the west. It is believed to host the geographic center of North America, Rugby, and is home to the tallest man-made structure in the Western Hemisphere, the KVLY-TV mast.

South Dakota

South Dakota

South Dakota is a U.S. state in the North Central region of the United States. It is also part of the Great Plains. South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who comprise a large portion of the population with nine reservations currently in the state and have historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the 5th least populous, and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. They are the 39th and 40th states admitted to the union; President Benjamin Harrison shuffled the statehood papers before signing them so that no one could tell which became a state first. Pierre is the state capital, and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 192,200, is South Dakota's largest city.

Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It is bordered by Montana to the north and northwest, South Dakota and Nebraska to the east, Idaho to the west, Utah to the southwest, and Colorado to the south. With a population of 576,851 in the 2020 United States census, Wyoming is the least populous state despite being the 10th largest by area, with the second-lowest population density after Alaska. The state capital and most populous city is Cheyenne, which had an estimated population of 63,957 in 2018.

Expedition League

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 2015 in Rapid City, South Dakota, by Steve Wagner, who also serves as president. The league's inaugural season was 2018 with eight teams.

Laramie, Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

Laramie is a city in and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. The population was estimated 32,711 in 2019, making it the third-largest city in Wyoming after Cheyenne and Casper. Located on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming, the city is north west of Cheyenne, at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 287.

North Platte, Nebraska

North Platte, Nebraska

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. It is located in the west-central part of the state, along Interstate 80, at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The population was 23,390 at the 2020 census.

Traveling team

Traveling team

In professional team sports, a traveling team is a member of a professional league that never competes in its home arena or stadium. This differs from a barnstorming team as a barnstorming team competes in exhibition games and not within a league or association framework as a traveling team does. While leagues may designate a traveling team prior to the start of competition, some teams become road teams by simply not scheduling any home games.

Pierre, South Dakota

Pierre, South Dakota

Pierre is the capital city of South Dakota, United States, and the seat of Hughes County. The population was 14,091 at the 2020 census, making it the second-least populous US state capital after Montpelier, Vermont. It is South Dakota's ninth-most populous city. Founded in 1880, it was selected as the state capital when the territory was admitted as a state. Pierre is the principal city of the Pierre Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Hughes and Stanley counties.

Teams

Current members

Current teams
Team Founded Joined Stadium City Capacity
Badland Big Sticks 2018 2022 Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark Dickinson, ND 1,100
Casper Spuds 2021 2022 Mike Lansing Field Casper, WY 2,500
Fremont Moo 2019 2022 Moller Field Fremont, NE
Hastings Sodbusters 2018 2022 Duncan Field Hastings, NE 2,300
Nebraska Prospects 2022 2022 None (traveling team) Omaha, NE n/a
Oahe Zap 2023 2023 Hyde Stadium Pierre, SD 1,200
Spearfish Sasquatch 2018 2022 Black Hills Energy Stadium Spearfish, SD 1,100

Former members

Former teams
Team Years City Stadium Disposition
Casper Horseheads 2022 Casper, WY Mike Lansing Field Founded 2018. Discontinued
North Platte Plainsmen 2022 North Platte, NE Historic Bill Wood Field Left to become independent.[16]
Western Nebraska Pioneers 2022 Gering, NE Oregon Trail Park Stadium Founded 2018. Left to become independent.[16]
Gem City Bison 2022 Laramie, WY Cowboy Field Founded 2022. Planning to return in 2024.

Membership timeline

Spearfish Sasquatch

Map

Locations of Independence Baseball League teams

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Mike Lansing Field

Mike Lansing Field

Mike Lansing Field is a stadium in Casper, Wyoming. It is primarily used for baseball. It was the home field of the Casper Ghosts minor league baseball team from 2002 to 2011, of the Casper Cutthroats summer-collegiate baseball team from 2012 to 2014, and of the Casper Horseheads of Independence League Baseball from 2018 to 2022. It is home to the Casper Oilers American Legion Baseball team. It was built in 2002 and holds 2,500 people. The field is named after Wyoming native and former Major League second baseman Mike Lansing. A career .271 hitter, Lansing played nine years in the majors for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox.

Traveling team

Traveling team

In professional team sports, a traveling team is a member of a professional league that never competes in its home arena or stadium. This differs from a barnstorming team as a barnstorming team competes in exhibition games and not within a league or association framework as a traveling team does. While leagues may designate a traveling team prior to the start of competition, some teams become road teams by simply not scheduling any home games.

Spearfish Sasquatch

Spearfish Sasquatch

The Spearfish Sasquatch is a baseball team in the Independence League Baseball based in Spearfish, South Dakota. They are one of two teams based in South Dakota, their home games are played at Black Hills Energy Stadium. They were formed in October 2017. They played in the Expedition League in 2018, 2019 and 2021 before joining the new Independence League Baseball for the 2022 season.

Source: "Independence League Baseball", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 31st), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_League_Baseball.

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References
  1. ^ a b "Independence League Baseball | Collegiate Summer Baseball League". Independence League Baseball. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Independence League Baseball | Collegiate Summer Baseball Coming Summer 2022". Independence League Baseball. Archived from the original on July 3, 2022. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  3. ^ "Sasquatch, six others form Independence League". Rapid City Journal. October 30, 2021. Archived from the original on October 30, 2021. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  4. ^ Reichard, Kevin (October 30, 2021). "Seven teams leave Expedition League, form new Independence League". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  5. ^ Kuzma, Nick (May 18, 2022). "Gem City Bison to start inaugural season next week". Wyoming News Now. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  6. ^ Bonner, Lindsey (December 22, 2021). "North Platte welcomes the Plainsmen to town". KNOP-TV. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "New for 2022: North Platte Plainsmen | Ballpark Digest". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. December 22, 2021. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  8. ^ Watson, David (February 24, 2022). "Summer collegiate baseball is becoming a reality with Gem City Bison". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  9. ^ Winner, Bryanna (August 7, 2022). "Pioneers win Independence League Championship". Star-Herald. Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  10. ^ Burrall, David (November 7, 2022). "Oahe Zap Officially Joins Independence League Baseball". DRG News. Dakota Radio Group. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  11. ^ Ovenden, Mark (November 15, 2022). "Pierre will have summer baseball at Hyde Stadium with Oahe Zap". Dakota News Now. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  12. ^ Miller, Kevin (December 16, 2022). "Canyon County Spuds Leave Caldwell For Desolate Wyoming". KIDO Talk Radio. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  13. ^ LaChance, Brendan (December 15, 2022). "Casper Horseheads ceases operations after four seasons at Mike Lansing". Oil City News. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  14. ^ Paniagua, Nick (December 19, 2022). "Casper Horseheads Close Operations After Four Years". Wyoming News Now. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  15. ^ Jamaludin, Adlynn (January 27, 2023). "Gem City Bison Is Taking A Break This 2023 Season". KOWB, AM 1290. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  16. ^ a b Clanton, John (January 25, 2023). "Western Nebraska Pioneers Release 2023 Schedule". KNEP. Retrieved January 31, 2023. ... due to Western Nebraska and North Platte deciding to leave the Independence League in most part because of travel and budget expenses.
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