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West Coast League revises 2021 schedule to eliminate International travel

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The West Coast League has announced the adoption of a revised 2021 schedule that eliminates all regular-season international travel.

The new schedule will consist of the league’s U.S.-based members playing each other, and the league’s Canada-based members doing the same. This revised structure leaves open the possibility of a full league playoff format.

“After the adversities we all faced last year,” West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer said, “we’re looking forward to a new season devoted to our communities and our student-athletes. At the same time, we’re grateful for the guidance and assistance of local, state, and provincial health officials while prioritizing the health and safety of our players, staffs, fans, and host families.”

The revised schedule for U.S.-based teams was announced Tuesday and includes 48 WCL games per team, with the regular-season slate beginning on Friday, June 4, and ending on Thursday, August 12.

All 10 U.S. teams will be in action for Opening Night, with the Bellingham Bells hosting the Port Angeles Lefties, the Ridgefield Raptors hosting the Bend Elks, the Yakima Valley Pippins hosting the Corvallis Knights, the Cowlitz Black Bears hosting the Walla Walla Sweets, and the Portland Pickles hosting the Wenatchee AppleSox.

Of course, all West Coast League teams will continue to follow local and state guidelines regarding health and safety.

Click here to view the full U.S. only schedule.

“I’m confident,” Neyer said, “that this new schedule serves as a tremendous framework for what’s looking like an exciting return to WCL baseball in 2021. Of course we’re disappointed that our U.S. teams won’t be visiting our Canadian teams, and vice versa. But we remain optimistic about a restorative 2021 season north of the border as well, especially with three new teams in wonderful markets.”

The League and four Canadian teams—the Victoria HarbourCats, along with the expansion Edmonton Riverhawks, Kamloops NorthPaws, and Nanaimo NightOwls—continue to work toward a Canadian-only schedule, while closely monitoring the pandemic responses by border officials and provincial health officers.

The Kelowna Falcons announced last week their withdrawal from the 2021 schedule. “Although a tough decision,” Falcons general manager Mark Nonis said, “I feel that it’s the right one at this time, for both my players and my community. So now we’re turning our focus in Kelowna toward a great West Coast League season in 2022.”

With 15 teams spread across two U.S. states and two Canadian provinces—including our new teams in British Columbia and Alberta—the WCL’s growing geographic diversity remains one of our great strengths, as we continue providing tremendous opportunities for outstanding collegiate players to compete in the West’s premier collegiate summer baseball league.

For team-specific information, including game times and non-league exhibition games, please consult the teams’ individual websites.

About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Also in 2019, 317 WCL alums were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues, while overall attendance in the West Coast League increased to nearly half a million fans.

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UBC Righties Re-Commit to NorthPaws for 2022

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Right-handed pitchers Sean Heppner and Vic Domingo signed with the NorthPaws for the 2022 season. The pair of first-year righties from the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds had initially signed to play in Kamloops during the 2021 season and have recommitted to the expansion team. They are both products of the BC Premier Baseball League and have had their collegiate debuts delayed by a year as the Thunderbirds were unable to play in 2021. The attended the Blue Jays’ 2019 Tournament T12 showcase together and were dorm mates during their first year at university, so it’s only fitting they will make their West Coast League debuts together in Kamloops.

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Victoria HarbourCats – Investors added to group that owns HarbourCats, NightOwls

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The Victoria HarbourCats and Nanaimo NightOwls have added six new people to their ownership group.

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NorthPaws Single-Game Tickets Available for 2022 Season

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Tickets for the Kamloops NorthPaws 2022 regular season are now available. The inaugural season schedule features nine three-game series from the end of May through the beginning of August. Highlighted […]

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