West Coast League Divisions Clinched

The Kelowna Falcons and WCL defending champion Bellingham Bells joined the Bend Elks this past week as WCL Division champions.

The Falcons clinched the East while Bellingham captured the West.

Bend, under new owners John & Tami Marick and new skipper Trey Watt, were the first WCL team to clinch its division earning their first South title. Kelowna also captured its first division title. Bellingham earned its second division crown, repeating as West champs.

The wild card spot is still to be determined as Corvallis (30-21), Victoria (27-23) and Yakima Valley (27-24) are battling to earn the final berth in the WCL playoffs. Corvallis can clinch with one win at home vs. Medford this weekend or with a loss by both Yakima and Victoria. The Pippins finish the regular season with three home games vs. Wenatchee while the HarbourCats finish at Bellingham for three.

First round scenarios are as follows:

* If Corvallis clinches, the Knights would play Bend with game one of the series at Goss Stadium in Corvallis on Tuesday, August 11th. Game two would be at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend on Wednesday, August 12th and game three at Bend on Thursday, August 13th if necessary. Bellingham (32-19) would play Kelowna (31-19) in the other series, with the seedings based on winning percentage. The lower seed will host game one on Tuesday, August 11th with the higher seed hosting game two and game three (if necessary).

* If Victoria wins the wild card, the HarbourCats would play Kelowna with game one of the series at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Tuesday, August 11th. Game two would be at Elks Stadium in Kelowna on Wednesday, August 12th and game three at Kelowna on Thursday, August 13th if necessary. Bend would play Bellingham in the other series, with the seedings based on winning percentage. The lower seed will host game one on Tuesday, August 11th with the higher seed hosting game two and game three (if necessary).

* If Yakima Valley earns the league’s wild card berth, the Pippins would would play Bend with game one of the series at Yakima County Stadium on Tuesday, August 11th. Game two would be at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend on Wednesday, August 12th and game three at Bend on Thursday, August 13th if necessary. Bellingham would play Kelowna in the other series, with the seedings based on winning percentage. The lower seed will host game one on Tuesday, August 11th with the higher seed hosting game two and game three (if necessary).

Bellingham’s current winning percentage is .627 with Kelowna close behind at .620. The Falcons conclude their regular season with a three-game set at Walla Walla while the Bells host Victoria for three.

Seeding for each best-of-three playoff round – the first round and West Coast League Championship Series – will be based on winning percentage.

While Bend’s record is 33-15 a protest vs. Cowlitz resulted in the Elks’ losing one win, making Bend 32-15 and lowering their winning percentage to .680.

The West Coast League Championship Series is set for Saturday, August 15th and Monday, August 17th; and Tuesday, August 18th if necessary. Game one of the series will be hosted by the lower seed and games two and three (if necessary) will be at the higher seed.

This will be Bend’s sixth WCL postseason appearance, Bellingham’s fourth and Kelowna’s fourth. Both Bellingham and Bend earned playoff berths in 2014 with Bellingham capturing its first WCL title.