The Sacramento Stealth is at Lodi to face the Crush, the Marysville Gold Sox entertain the Chico Heat, while the Portland Pickles are at the Medford Rogues.
The Stealth will be a travel team for 2016, while their $3.5 million stadium is built in Sacramento. Each team will play a 57-game schedule, featuring 33-home games, with the exception of Sacramento. The Stealth will play a 45-game schedule and compete for one of the four post-season play-off spots.
The league was organized in 2014 by Hall-of-Fame baseball executive Pat Gillick, Bill Yuill‘s CSH International, Yuill being a long-time minor league operator, and Ken Wilson, a former Major League broadcaster who has owned minor league clubs and was president of the West Coast League, another summer collegiate wood-bat league.
Wilson is serving as the league’s first president. “We’re excited to open our first season,” said Wilson. “We’ve put lots of time and effort into making the GWL a premiere league right out of the gate.”
Former minor league umpire and long-time Division I umpire Bill Speck is the Great West League’s Supervisor of Umpires. Speck has recruited the top umpires from around the western states to work GWL games.
The league has recruited players from Cal State Fullerton, Tennessee, Oregon, San Diego State, BYU, UCLA, Tulane, Long Beach State, Hawaii, Houston, UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown, UC Riverside, Washington, Dartmouth, Loyola Marymount, Texas Tech, New Mexico, and San Jose State among other schools.