PRESS RELEASE: Longview-Kelso, Washington, Tuesday, October 20, 2009: Fans will get their first look at their new baseball team on Friday, June 4th. The 2010 Cowlitz Black Bears schedule is finalized, and the new West Coast League team will play 30 games next summer at Story Field in Longview.
“We’re really happy with the schedule,” said Black Bears general manager Grant Wilson. “We have lots of weekend dates and a prime date on the July 4th weekend.” The first league game will be against the 2008 WCL Champion Corvallis Knight on Friday, June 11th, opening a three-game weekend series. The 2009 Knights produced the best record in league history, only to lose to the Wenatchee AppleSox in the Championship Series. The AppleSox visit Story Field July 27, 28, and 29.
The schedule features 24 league games, five games against teams from the WCL Portland, and a game against the WCL Portland All-Star team August 2nd. The Black Bears first opponent will be the Portland Ports on Friday, June 4th.
The Black Bears are one of two expansion teams entering the nine-team league in 2010. A team in Walla Walla is also entering the West Coast League next season, and will visit the Black Bears August 3, 4, and 5, the final home series of the regular season. The WCL regular season concludes August 8th, and will be followed by two rounds of play-offs featuring the top four teams in the league.
“We’re planning a number of exciting events at the ballpark,” added Wilson. “Events like Ball Night, a Fireworks Night, a Dash For Cash Night, and more.”
Ticket deposits for the 2010 season are now being taken. A $20 refundable per seat deposit puts fans in line to select season ticket seat locations. Ticket deposit forms are available at the team’s temporary website www.westcoastleague.com/cowlitz.
The Black Bears are members of the West Coast League, a nine-team, professional-like wood-bat summer college league. The WCL features pro prospects from major conferences across the country. More than 100 WCL alums are playing affiliated professional baseball this season, and 13 ex-WCL stars have played in the big leagues this season. For more information on the league, visit www.westcoastleague.com.