The summer collegiate West Coast League has announced that the circuit is expanding to Medford (OR). The team will be owned by Arizona-based Consolidated Sports Holdings International, Inc.. The group has pledged $250,000 in matching funds to help complete Harry & David Field. The franchise will replace the amateur Southern Oregon RiverDawgs (Far West League) beginning next season. Read more here. Watch video here. This announcement comes on the heels of the WCL’s expansion into Victoria (BC). Next up — Yakima. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – A West Coast League team will begin play in Medford, Oregon as soon as the 2013 season. League president Ken Wilson made the announcement at Harry & David Field in Medford.
The West Coast League is a summer wood-bat college league with nine teams located in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. It provides one of the best opportunities anywhere in North America for a college player. The WCL began play in 2005, and recently added a tenth team in Victoria, British Columbia, which will begin play in 2013.
“We’re excited to include Medford in the West Coast League,” said Wilson. “Our teams provide a great atmosphere for top amateur baseball players, and we’ve had some outstanding young players from the Medford area play in our league.”
The team will be owned by CSH International, Inc., and will become the eleventh member of the league. “The West Coast League has solid team owners, and we feel the league is a perfect fit for CSH and Medford,” said Gary Gelinas, President of CSH International, Inc. “We look forward to working with the city to create a long-term lease for use of Harry & David Field, and to run a community-based first class operation.”
The awarding of the team is contingent upon CSH International, Inc. securing a lease for Harry & David Field from the City of Medford, and completion of a fund-raising drive to add additional stadium seating.
The West Coast League has worked closely with the Medford Youth Baseball Society (MYBS), the current operators of Harry & David Field, and the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs to provide a team that will bring affordable family entertainment to Southern Oregon.
“The West Coast League has proven that there is no better summer collegiate baseball to be played anywhere,” said Steve Jensen, President of the RiverDawgs. “We are proud to help bring such a prestigious league to Southern Oregon, and the local baseball community will benefit from this move.”
Gary Miller, President of MYBS, stated, “The West Coast League is committed to being an active part of the community. Not only will the new team promote amateur baseball in the community, it plans to work with schools and non-profit organizations to help them do the great work they do in the community.”
The owners of the new team have pledged a $250,000 matching gift. If successfully matched by the community, it will complete the seating at Harry & David Field. Through the generous committment of KOGAP, MYBS is on the way to reaching its matching goal. KOGAP has committed $65,000 in material and labor.
Season tickets for the yet to be named team may be reserved with a refundable $25 deposit.
The West Coast League is The Diamond Standard of summer wood-bat collegiate baseball. Based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the league is a developing ground for aspiring pros and provides an affordable, wholesome, family-oriented entertainment alternative for its member communities. The nine-team league extends from Kelowna, British Columbia to Klamath Falls, Oregon.