PRESS RELEASE – Western North America’s premier summer collegiate baseball league continues to grow with Tuesday’s announcement from Baseball Edmonton introducing the Edmonton Riverhawks as the West Coast League’s 15th member team.
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PRESS RELEASE – This week the West Coast League’s board of directors voted to cancel its 2020 summer collegiate season, due to pandemic-related safety guidelines and travel restrictions across Washington and Oregon. Concurrently, league members Cowlitz, Port Angeles, Ridgefield, Walla Walla, and Yakima Valley are cancelling their respective seasons.
PRESS RELEASE – Ohio native Brandon Monty will be the play-by-by broadcaster and director of media relations for the 2020 season. Currently a senior at Ohio University, Monty spent last summer as the play-by-play broadcaster of the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League. Monty also broadcasts for BobcatTV at OU for the soccer, field hockey, women’s basketball and baseball teams.
PRESS RELEASE – For the second time in franchise history, the Wenatchee AppleSox will host the West Coast League All-Star Game. The AppleSox hosted the inaugural WCL All-Star Game in 2006 and will welcome the 13th mid-summer classic in WCL history to Wenatchee on July 20, 2020.
The first-year Ridgefield (WA) Raptors (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) held their inaugural home opener at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex in Ridgefield (WA) on Tuesday night in front of an estimated crowd of 2,200. Read more and view eight photos here.
WOW! Thank you, Southwest Washington! We had an amazing time last night at opening night of our inaugural season with a few thousand of our closest friends.
— Ridgefield Raptors (@RRaptorsBB) June 5, 2019
The Victoria HarbourCats (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) have teamed up with WildPlay, a local company famous for its outdoor adventure parks throughout North America, to install a 400-foot zipline attraction to the already entertaining activities available at Royal Athletic Park. Read more here.
The Port Angeles Lefties (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) open their season today with optimism and the assurance that Civic Field will be their ballpark through 2024. Read more here.
In case you missed it, the Portland Pickles (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) announced last week the first-ever Cannabidiol (CBD) sponsorship deal in baseball, when it inked a two-year partnership with Lazarus Naturals, a CBD brand headquartered in Portland (OR). CBD is a compound that is part of the cannabis plant that is minus the THC compound that is known to get individuals intoxicated. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Victoria HarbourCats and Red Arrow Brewing Co. are, literally, knocking the beer out of the park. “HarbourCats Ballpark Blonde” is the newest branded beer from Duncan-based Red Arrow, and under a new agreement between the HarbourCats and Red Arrow, will be available in beer stores and on taps in the region as of late May.
Rose City Baseball is expected to announce sometime next week that the Gresham GreyWolves (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) will go on hiatus for the upcoming 2019 season with the possibility of considering a return for the summer of 2020. The team played for two years in the West Coast League (Summer Collegiate) and played an independent schedule last summer. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Victoria HarbourCats are announcing today that Brad Norris-Jones is stepping down as General Manager of the organization effective January 31, 2019, for an opportunity that will be made known in the near future.
PRESS RELEASE – The Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League have announced that longtime play-by-play commentator Roy Elia has been hired to be the baseball club’s lead broadcaster and media relations director.
PRESS RELEASE – After extensive community feedback from Southwest Washington, including a “name the team contest”, the newest West Coast League (WCL) membership in SW Washington will commence play in June 2019 as the Ridgefield Raptors.
PRESS RELEASE – West Coast League commissioner Rob Neyer announced this morning that the league’s 2019 All-Star Game will be played at Vince Genna Stadium, home of the Bend Elks. The exact date for the annual mid-summer classic will be released along with the full 2019 WCL schedule in the fall.
Baseball Week at Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo (BC) is July 21-27. Headlining the week will be former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and other players. There will be camps and a charity softball game, followed by an exhibition battle between the Victoria HarbourCats (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) and a Nanaimo all-star team. Continue reading
Despite the fact that Victoria (BC) has a strong baseball culture — thanks in part to a mild climate that makes a long playing season possible — a baseball team based here has never fared well. Until the Victoria HarbourCats (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League), that is. Read more and view photos here.
Great West League (Summer Collegiate) president Ken Wilson is still distraught at some of the things that happened to the Klamath Falls Gems franchise in the past, but he not giving up on the market and historic Kiger Stadium. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The West Coast League, together with Clark County and the cities of Ridgefield, Vancouver, Camas, Battle Ground, Washougal, and La Center, announced this afternoon the addition of a West Coast League expansion membership in the Clark County market, to begin play in the spring of 2019.
Goss Stadium at Coleman Field in Corvallis (OR), home of the Oregon State Beavers baseball team, is about one-third the size of LSU’s Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge (LA). But don’t let size fool you. The Corvallis vibe is “unbelievable,” as one San Diego State player describes. Read more here. The stadium is also home of the Corvallis Knights (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League).
PRESS RELEASE – The Wenatchee AppleSox have been sold by founder Jim Corcoran to Jose Oglesby, a former Microsoft manager. The team, entering its 19th year, will continue to play at Paul Thomas Sr. Field on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College. Assistant general manager and co-owner Ken Osborne will remain with the AppleSox and has been promoted to the team’s general manager and chief operating officer. Corcoran will stay on as an advisor with the team over the summer to assist with the transition. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – This morning, the West Coast League announced the addition of Commissioner to its league leadership structure, and that former ESPN and Fox Sports journalist Rob Neyer will be filling the position, effective immediately.
Ivan Doroschuk, the lead singer, songwriter and founder of the iconic Canadian ’80s band Men Without Hats, will sing the national anthems on Friday, June 1, when the Victoria HarbourCats (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) kick off their Home Opening Weekend at Royal Athletic Park against the Wenatchee AppleSox. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Construction is currently underway to upgrade and update the historic home of the Walla Walla Sweets. Borleske Stadium is undergoing renovations to enhance the fan experience at the ballpark for the upcoming 2018 season.
It will be the biggest baseball on Vancouver Island, ready for fans to grab a Sharpie and sign their autographs. The Victoria HarbourCats (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) plan to bring a five-foot high baseball to Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park for the 2018 season. Read more here.
Fresh off the announcement late last month of a new double-decker bus corporate group deck along the first baseline, fans attending Victoria HarbourCats’ (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) baseball games in 2018 will now have a group option to enjoy down the third baseline. Read more here.
A uniquely Victorian sports experience is pulling into town. Fans of the Victoria HarbourCats (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) will soon be watching baseball from the upper deck of an open-top double-decker bus better known as the Hop-On Hop-Off CitySights tour buses often seen driving tourists through Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Read more and watch video here.
Curious about our big Thursday announcement?
Come join us at Royal Athletic Park, will get going at 1:45pm sharp.
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— Victoria HarbourCats (@HarbourCats) March 22, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – The Portland Pickles announced today that they have hired former Ivy League Pitcher Jamie Flynn as the 2018 Voice of the Pickles. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce changes to their key front-office team as preparations continue for the sixth season of West Coast League baseball in the B.C. capital. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – – The Sweets have named a new general manager, promoting assistant general manager Dan Ferguson to the post for the 2018 season. Team president Zachary Fraser, who had returned to the GM role for the 2017 season, is continuing on in his role as president of the Sweets and the Yakima Valley Pippins. Both WCL clubs share the same ownership. Continue reading