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Yolo High Wheelers are the latest team to join the Pioneer League

Jan 23, 2024, 10:00 AM

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Logo for the Yolo High Wheelers, the latest team to join the Pioneer League.

Professional baseball is coming to Yolo County.

The Pioneer League has announced the inclusion of the Yolo High Wheelers in its West Coast expansion. Late last year, the league announced its presence in the Bay Area with the Oakland Ballers.

With its team colors set to be black, yellow and orange, the name “High Wheelers” comes from the city of Davis’ “status as a worldwide hub for cycling and home to the US Bicycling Hall of Fame.

Set to join the league this upcoming season, the High Wheelers will play their first home game at UC Davis’ Phil Swimley Field at James M. & Ann Dobbins Baseball Stadium on May 21, 2024.

“We’re excited to be stewards of the Pioneer’s League second California team and are honored to be kicking off what we believe to be an exciting rivalry between the Oakland Ballers and the Yolo High Wheelers,” Paul Freedman, co-founder of the Yolo High Wheelers, said in a press release. “We have always believed in the power of sports teams to bring communities together. In the future we look forward to passing the reins to local residents who share our passion for using sports teams as a vehicle for strengthening communities.”

The Pioneer League is an affiliated league with Major League Baseball, with 12 teams split into two divisions.

Billy Horton will serve as manager of the Yolo High Wheelers. He will be joined by Gary Davenport as a bench coach and Jerome Williams as a pitching coach. Troy Loparco will manage the Yolo High Wheelers front office.

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