Future of collegiate baseball in Pierre up in the air after folding of Expedition League

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PIERRE, S.D. (DRGNews.com) – The future of collegiate baseball in Pierre is up in the air after the collapse of the Expedition League.

Owner Steve Wagner has folded the Pierre Trappers after a tumultuous fifth season in the Expedition League, also owned by Wagner. Only four teams began play this season in the Expedition League, with two choosing to end their seasons a month early amid frustrations and accusations of mismanagement by Wagner, who had lost most of the other teams in the league to Independent League Baseball last fall after similar complaints.

Recently, the Pierre City Commission requested proposals from groups interested in putting forth a new collegiate team for a new lease at Hyde Stadium, with a deadline of August 12. One group includes former Trappers General Manager Jackson Bruce.

Bruce, who was the first Trappers’ general manager, said that he knows how to build a team from scratch.

Bruce said that what he did to help build the Trappers can be useful now.

Bruce said that if his group is awarded the Hyde Stadium lease, the determination of which collegiate league the team would play would come at a later date.