The Expedition League, a wood-bat collegiate summer league based in Rapid City, South Dakota, will play its inaugural season in 2018. Teams have started unveiling nicknames and logos, including the Pierre Trappers, whose identity plays on the history of Pierre, South Dakota.
Per the team’s statement:
The name “Trappers” was chosen for its uniqueness and the history of trapping and fur trade that helped build the city of Pierre. Joseph LaFramboise established a fur trading post in what is now Pierre in 1817. From then on, fur trade and trapping have been a monumental part of the history of Pierre and its surrounding areas, which gives the name fitting historical context.
The Expedition League will be divided into the Lewis Division and Clark Division, with teams in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Manitoba.