The Chico Heat Scorch the Great West League in Year One

The Chico Heat return to Nettleton Stadium in 2016 was a huge success! The Heat dominated the Great West League in what was the league’s inaugural season.

page-1_img04The Heat 2016 accolades ranged far and wide in their return to Chico. Awarded GWL Coach of the year, Heat skipper Fred Ludwig built a Championship ball club winning the first ever GWL Championship on the road against the Medford Rogues. Starting pitcher and workhorse of the Chico Heat pitching staff, Chico State Wildcat Stuart Bradley was awarded the GWL Pitcher of the Year award.

The community embraced the Heat’s return by setting the GWL single game attendance record with 4,415 fans showing up for the July 4th match-up against the Rogues. Additionally, Chico also led the GWL in average attendance and total attendance and ranked 15th nationally for total attendance for this level of baseball.

Heat baseball has generated some of the largest crowds in Butte County and has proven to be the most affordable family entertainment in all of Chico and the Northern Sacramento Valley.

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Chico Heat To Host the All-Star Game

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The GWL All-Stars will be looking to leave their mark on the league’s mid-summer classic, showcasing their pro-prospect skills at Nettleton Stadium on the campus of California State University, Chico on Monday, July 24, beginning at 7:05 pm. The official pre-game ceremony will begin at 6:40pm with the introduction of this year’s All-Stars followed by the National Anthem. The Home Run Durby will begin at 5:15pm. Gates will open at 3:30pm for fans to watch batting practice, if they wish.   [...]

Last year, the All-Star Game was played in Medford, OR where the league’s best players were taken from each team and divided into North vs South rosters. This year, the All-Star game will offer fans a bit of a twist as the 2017 Chico Heat will face the best players from each of the five other teams in what the league has coined a “Chico Heat vs. the league” match-up.

“We wanted to give our fans in Chico an opportunity to see their home team take on the most talented players in the league and quite frankly some of the best baseball prospects in the country” said Heat GM Hunter Hampton.

The GWL World team will be compromised of twenty-three (23) players –nominated by the league managers; twelve of these players will be players identified by the Major League Scouting Bureau as “top prospects.” The roster for league team will be named Tuesday July 19th. Chico will have its entire roster available to play and will be coached by skipper Fred Ludwig. Last season, Ludwig was named 2016 GWL Coach of the Year and won the GWL Inaugural Season Championship with the Heat.

In the days leading up to the All-Star game, parents and fans will have the opportunity to bid on one of two Batboy/Batgirl spots: one for the Chico Heat and one for the World team. Proceeds from this bid process will go entirely to the Boys and Girls Club of North Valley. Stay tuned to for bidding details.

Chico Heat season ticket holders and twelve (12) game mini-plans will have their All-Star Game tickets included and individual tickets will go on sale May 15, 2017. For more ticket information call the Chico Heat office at 530-725-5444.

About the Great West League:

The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, providing a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers, while providing affordable family entertainment and enriching the quality of life in its member communities.



Hunter Hampton, Chico Heat GM

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