Breakaway Summer Baseball League Wins In Court

May 23, 2022, 4 p.m. ·

Pioneers team photo after the last game of 2019. Baseball team photo on the grass of a baseball field with a night sky behind them.
The Western Nebraska Pioneers pose for a photo after the last game of the 2019 season. (Photo courtesy Pioneers Baseball)

A follow up to a story we first brought you at the beginning of the month.

Seven summer league baseball teams, including 3 in Nebraska, will be allowed to play this summer after a ruling in a lawsuit.

Nebraska Public Media’s Aaron Bonderson first told us about a dispute between the Expedition League and 7 teams that left the league to form the Independence League.

The break away teams said they wanted more independent control and were unhappy with the Expedition League’s management.

The Expedition League sued to block the new league from playing, but on Friday a judge in South Dakota ruled in favor of the Independence League. There is still a legal battle over claims by the Expedition League that the teams in the new league owe them money.

The 3 Nebraska teams in the new league are the Hastings Sodbusters, the Fremont Moo, and the Western Nebraska Pioneers in Gering.