PIERRE, S.D. — The owner of a startup collegiate wood bat baseball league, the Expedition League, says he will own the franchises in Pierre and Dickinson.

Steve Wagner is launching the Rapid City-based league with plans to start play in 2018.

The Pierre Capital Journal reports Wagner will be at Hyde Stadium on Monday to announce more details about the franchise and league. One task is choosing a team name and opening a local office.

The league has facility leases signed in Brandon, Manitoba; Minot, North Dakota; and Gering/Scottsbluff and Hastings in Nebraska. Agreements are pending are in Dickinson, North Dakota, and the South Dakota cities of Aberdeen, Spearfish and Rapid City. Casper, Wyoming, might also get a team.

Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, http://www.capjournal.com

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