The Expedition League’s Casper Horseheads today announced the completion of a $60,300 payment to the Casper American Legion Baseball program. This payment replaces Mike Lansing Field signage sales income the Legion program had received in 2017 and is part of the team’s yearly lease arrangement with Casper Legion Baseball. The Horseheads will pay a similar amount each year in 2019 and 2020.
“We are fortunate to be in partnership with the Casper American Legion program and it’s very important to us to make sure they are made whole financially with the arrival of the Horseheads,” Horseheads owner Chuck Heeman said about the $60,300 payment. “This reimbursement of income to the Legion, along with additional signage sales opportunities the Legion now has at Crossroads Field, assures the Legion program will remain vital financially and be able to provide top-level baseball opportunities for the youth of our community.”
In addition, the team announced the addition of five players and five summer interns to the team roster, including two players from Horseheads Head Coach Josh Hogan’s 2017 Great West League Championship team. The Horseheads also announced that general admission tickets for the team’s inaugural game on May 25 are now on sale.
General admission tickets for the Horseheads’ season opener on May 25 against the Western Nebraska Pioneers can be purchased at www.casperhorseheads.com. Tickets are $7 each, $5 for children 3-12.
Joining the Horseheads as summer interns are:
Elizabeth Curcio, Baseball Operations Intern
Elizabeth is a senior at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a native of New York City. She is a starting third baseman and a captain of the Swarthmore softball team. She is pursuing a double major in Economics and History.
Jordan Daane, Baseball Operations Intern
Jordan, a 2017 graduate of Grand View University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management with a minor in Marketing, is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Grand View. He is also an infielder on the Vikings’ baseball team. He is a native of Wapun, Wisconsin.
Chelsea Hoadley, Marketing and Promotions Intern
A native of Concord, New Hampshire, Chelsea is a senior at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC, majors in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management.
Ben Kutler, Stadium and Game Operations Intern
Ben comes to Casper from Ithaca, NY where he attends Ithaca College, majoring in Business Administration. He is a radio color analyst for high school soccer and baseball broadcasts on ESPN Ithaca as well as the public address announcer for Cornell University men’s soccer and basketball.
Shelby Ruhs, Stadium Operations Intern
Shelby, a senior at the University of Wyoming, majors in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and graduates in May. She attended high school in Farson, Wyoming.
The Horseheads also signed five players, bringing the current roster to 26. The newest Horseheads are:
RHP Taylor Frost, a sophomore at Yavapai (AZ) JC and a native of Redmond, Oregon;
OF Connor Lowrie, a junior at Campbellsville (KY) University and a native of Refugio, TX
C Sam Olsson, a freshman at San Jose State and a native of Eugene, Oregon
RHP Trevor Beer, a freshman at UC Santa Barbara and a native of Canada, CA
2B/SS Robert Cruz, a freshman at UC Riverside and a native of Riverside, CA
Frost and Lowrie were members of Horseheads Coach Josh Hogan’s 2017 Medford Rogues team. The 2017 Rogues won the Great West League Championship in August and were ranked 15th nationally among more than 400 collegiate wood bat teams.
Frost pitched in 18 games for Medford serving as the Rogues’ closer, earning eight saves and giving up no earned runs in 17 innings pitched. Lowrie hit .278 with two home runs, 38 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 56 regular season games for the Rogues and followed that with a .316 average, one home run and six RBI in Medford’s successful playoff run.
“Bringing aboard quality staff people and signing players with winning backgrounds is a big part of our plan and we’re happy to have these ten people with us as we launch the Horseheads,” Heeman said.
Players and interns will report just before the 2018 season opener at Mike Lansing Field as the Horseheads host the Western Nebraska Pioneers on Opening Weekend, May 25-27. For information on the Horseheads go to www.casperhorseheads.com or call the team at 307-233-4400.