The Eugene Bi-Mart Challengers will open their 40th season on Thursday.

The Challengers will play host to Area 4 league rival Willamette Valley Titans for a non-league doubleheader (2 7-inning contests) starting at 5 p.m. at Swede Johnson Stadium at Garry Selby Field.

Thursday’s action will usher in a new coaching era for the Challengers as Josh Riley takes the reins from Todd Zeigler who stepped down after six seasons following the 2014 campaign. Riley has been an assistant coach with the club for the past two summers. He will be assisted in 2015 by Shawn Peterson and Mitch Karraker.

The Challengers will open Area 4 league play on Tuesday, June 16, when Roseburg Doc Stewarts visit Swede Johnson Stadium for a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. Both of those games can be heard in the Eugene/Springfield area on KKNX AM-840 (streamed worldwide at