The Expedition League announced the team name for the Spearfish franchise will be the Sasquatch. Greg Streeter, under the direction of Rob Henry of The HomeSlice Group, designed the logo. The team colors are black, silver and blue.
The Expedition League is a collegiate wood bat baseball league that will begin its inaugural season in the spring of 2018. Thirty-two home games will be played at Black Hills Energy Stadium. Those games will be played against seven other franchises in Aberdeen, Pierre, Minot, N.D., Dickinson, N.D., Casper, Wyo., Gering, Neb., and Hastings, Neb..
“The team name and mascot lend itself nicely to the area of Spearfish," Sasquatch President and General Manager Kevin Bybee said, “Spearfish is in such a beautiful location which lends itself to captivating legends and stories. Through that, legends of Sasquatch, beautiful Spearfish scenery and the love of baseball, we hope to create a family friendly atmosphere everyone will enjoy. The sightings of bigfoot are definitely on the horizon for baseball fans.”
Ryan Wright named head coach
Ryan Wright has accepted the position of head coach for the Sasquatch.
Wright has been coaching baseball since 2013 and at the collegiate level since 2016. Wright is currently the assistant baseball coach at Montana State University-Billings. He has also coached at Cal State University Northridge in Northridge, Calif. Previously, he coached American Legion Baseball in Boise, Idaho, Meridian, Idaho and Ontario, Ore. He is currently a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Grant Hamilton named assistant/pitching coach
Grant Hamilton was named the team's assistant/pitching coach.
Hamilton pitched for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, from 2011-2016. In 2014, he played in a summer collegiate league with the Joplin Outlaws. While there he had 28 strikeouts and a 1.22 ERA. In 2015 , his playing career took him to Mankato, Minn., where he played in the Northwoods League (NWL). While playing in Mankato, he had 73 strikeouts, and a 2.54 ERA. He was awarded the NWL Mid-‐Season All -‐Star, Post -‐Season All -‐Star and the Strikeout leader.
Host families needed for players and coaches
The new team is looking for a number of host families to house players and coaches for the summer months o f 2018. Players and coaches will be on the road for half of the season and with host families when the team is in town. Families need to provide a bed and safe housing. Host families will receive two free season tickets, discounts on souvenirs and concessions. If interested, contact the Sasquatch front office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hill is second rush player to reach NHL
Former Rapid City goalie Adin Hill made his National Hockey League debut Tuesday night with the Arizona Coyotes, becoming the second player in Rush history to play in the NHL.
The 6-foot4, 200-pound net-minder played in 58:25 of regulation last night against the Dallas Stars and stopped 31 of 33 shots on goal, suffering the loss to the Stars, 3-1.
“It was something you dream of since you were a child, and getting to start the game was a dream come true,” Hill said in a release by the Rush. “Before the game and during the day, you think about it and get excited and nervous, but once you get to the rink and the puck drops, it’s hockey. It’s the same game I’ve played since I was 4. All of the other stuff just goes out of your head and you’re focused on the game.
“I felt comfortable with the pace of play and feel that I can play how I do at that level,” Hill continued. “I felt the same way after exhibition play with the Coyotes as well. Regarding Rapid City, I played some of my first games as a professional with the team and it was a great way to learn the pro game. It helped me prepare for Tucson, which in turn helped me prepare for the NHL, and I’m very appreciative of my time there.”
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