The West Coast League 2015 season got underway on Friday, June 5th with series at Bend, Bellingham, Victoria, Walla Walla and Yakima Valley.
Under new ownership, the Bend Elks started a new era with a series win over their rivals the Corvallis Knights taking the final two games of the series at historic Vince Genna Stadium. MLB draft prospect Seth Brown of Lewis-Clark State went 4-for-8 with four doubles to lead the Elks’ offensively. Brown hit 23 home runs and collected 82 RBIS this past spring for the NAIA champion Warriors.
Yakima Valley, the defending WCL East Division champs, swept Klamath Falls at Yakima County Stadium. The Pippins out scored the Gems 32-6.
Medford took two of three at Walla Walla, winning the rubber game yesterday in thrilling fashion 10-9 in 10 innings.
The defending champion Bellingham Bells won their first two games of the 2015 season at Joe Martin before dropping the series finale yesterday 3-1 to the Kitsap BlueJackets.
Victoria, also under new ownership, got its season off with a bang beating Kelowna 9-2 before a huge Opening Day crowd of 4,627. British Columbia product Alex Rogers of Trinidad JC got the start and win as the right-hander tossed 6.1 innings allowing only 5 hits and an unearned run while walking none and striking out 8. However, the Falcons finished strong capturing the final two games at Royal Athletic Park and the series.