The WCL unveiled its official 2018 schedule today, setting the stage for a 14th season of West Coast League baseball.
Established in 2005 and located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the premier summer collegiate baseball circuit west of the Mississippi showcases top collegiate baseball players from across North America in 11 markets throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada.
Opening Day 2018 is set for Friday, June 1 and will feature three 2017 playoff teams hosting opening night games – the defending North champion Victoria HarbourCats entertain Wenatchee; Kelowna welcomes Bellingham; and Yakima Valley hosts Walla Walla.
The league’s most recent addition – the Portland Pickles – play their inaugural WCL contest at home on Friday, June 1 versus the Port Angeles Lefties at Walker Stadium in SE Portland’s Lents Park.
This year’s 54-game regular-season schedule was extended by three days, and concludes on Wednesday, August 8. With the addition of the Portland Pickles to the WCL South, the Yakima Valley Pippins were moved to the North Division and as a result Walla Walla was moved to the South.
This summer’s WCL All-Star Game will be hosted by the Port Angeles Lefties on Tuesday, July 17 at Civic Field.
Many member clubs add non-counting, non-league games to their schedules. These out-of-league contests get added after the release of the official WCL schedule.
To review the complete 2018 WCL schedule, please download the attachment below.
ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE
The West Coast League (WCL) is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 13-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest showcases pro prospects from major conferences across the nation June through August. Out west, the league features an unparalleled history of memorable fan and player experiences and the best summer weather in North America. 83 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB 2017 June draft. 271 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball in 2017 including 31 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore); record-breaking slugger Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia); rising star pitchers James Paxton (Seattle) and Matt Boyd (Detroit); and outfielder Mitch Haniger (Seattle). Overall member attendance was 412,392 this past summer, an increase of 8.6% in total attendance.