West Coast League re-aligns, moves to three divisions

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West Coast League re-aligns, moves to three divisions

Keizer, Oregon – The Board of Directors of the West Coast League has voted to re-align the league’s divisions for the 2014 season. The vote moved to create a three-division alignment based on natural geographical boundaries.

The South Division will include all of the league’s Oregon teams – defending WCL champion Corvallis Knights, Bend Elks, Klamath Falls Gems, and Medford Rogues. The East and West Divisions will each have one British Columbia and three Washington teams. The East Division will include the Kelowna (BC) Falcons, Walla Walla Sweets, Wenatchee Applesox, and the WCL’s newest expansion team, Yakima. The West Division will include Victoria (BC) HarbourCats, Bellingham Bells, Kitsap (Kitsap County) BlueJackets, and Cowlitz (County) Black Bears.

East                              West                                    South
Kelowna (BC) Falcons  Victoria (BC) HarbourCats  Corvallis Knights
Walla Walla Sweets      Bellingham Bells                  Bend Elks
Wenatchee AppleSox    Kitsap BlueJackets              Klamath Falls Gems
Yakima (Expansion)      Cowlitz Black Bears             Medford Rogues

“With expansion growing the league to twelve teams, the opportunity to align with three divisions creates even greater rivalries within natural geographic boundaries and will hopefully help member teams see some savings as it relates to ever-growing travel expenses,” said Dennis Koho, WCL President.

The schedule will still see play for teams across the entire footprint of the league, but not every team will visit every city every year. The 2014 season is set to begin in early June and end August 11. The playoff format will include the three division champions plus a wild card – the team which has the best record of all the remaining non-division winners at the conclusion of the season.