Minor league teams in Southern California

Advertisements add a touch of color to the outfield walls at the JetHawks' stadium in Lancaster
Advertisements add a touch of color to the outfield walls at the JetHawks’ stadium in Lancaster
(George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times)

High Desert Mavericks

Park, prices and contact info: Stater Bros. Stadium, opened in 1991, 3,808 seats. Tickets, $6-8; parking, free. (760) 246-6287,

Affiliation: Seattle Mariners

Must try: Beth’s Jersey Panini, a turkey breast, Muenster cheese and artichoke-Parmesan spread sandwich, $6.50, at a stand down the left field line.


Huggable mascot: Wooly Bully, athletic and buff bull, notable for gymnastic leaps and dance moves.

Cool promotion: Aug. 28, Forever Wild Animal Exhibit, animals on display from a nearby exotic animal shelter.

Inland Empire 66ers

Park, prices and contact info: The Ranch opened in 1996, 5,000 seats. Tickets, $4-$10; parking, $4. (909) 888-9922,

Affiliation: Dodgers

Must try: Savory and sizable carne asada torta at the Amapola Rico Taco stand on the third-base side.

Huggable mascot: Bernie (short for San Bernardino), a big, red blob that utters a shrill shriek; he specializes in baiting opposition and umpires.

Cool promotion: July 10, Manny Ramirez action figure to first 1,000 kids.


Lancaster JetHawks

Park, prices and contact info: The Hangar, opened in 1996, 4,600 seats. Tickets, $7-$13, parking, $5; (661) 726-5400,

Affiliation: Houston Astros

Must try: Meaty and moist smoked turkey leg, $6, at a stand on the third-base side.


Huggable mascot: KaBoom, a trim, red hawk accompanied by a five-member pompom-waving cheerleader squad.

Cool promotion: July 17, Cub and Boy Scout overnight sleepover on the field after the game, includes a movie shown on the scoreboard and breakfast the next morning.

Lake Elsinore Storm

Park, prices and contact info: The Diamond, opened in 1994, 6,066 seats. Tickets, $8-$10, parking, $5. (951) 245-4487,


Affiliation: San Diego Padres

Must try: Kalua pork sliders, served on soft potato rolls with crispy fries and coleslaw, $7.25, at a sit-down eatery down the left-field line.

Huggable mascot: Thunder, which looks a bit like the Phillie Phanatic and races around the park’s perimeters on a three-wheel scooter.

Cool promotion: July 5, “Nothing Night.” Just the game — no concessions, no merchandise sales, no announcer, no open bathrooms and no charge for admission or parking.


Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Park, prices and contact info: The Epicenter, opened 1993, 6,588 seats. Tickets, $8-$12, parking, $4. (909) 481-5000,

Affiliation: Angels

Must try: A Louisiana foot-long grilled sausage with peppers and onions, $6.50, open-air stand down the left-field line.


Huggable mascots: Aftershock and Tremor, adult and child combo of alligator-ish figures that are green with purple polka dots.

Cool promotion:July 13, Torii Hunter bobblehead giveaway to first 1,500 fans.