Norbrock Stadium will welcome West Coast League fans for the first time on June 8, when the Kamloops NorthPaws will play host to the Edmonton Riverhawks in a tilt featuring two expansion clubs, Game 1 of a three-game series.
The WCL released its 2021 schedule on Thursday, with the NorthPaws slated to open the campaign on June 4 against the hometown Yakima Valley Pippins.
“Every year, getting the new West Coast League schedule is like getting an early Christmas present,” WCL commissioner Rob Neyer said in a press release. “The best early Christmas present.”
Each club will play 54 league games, along with exhibition contests that will be scheduled at a later date. The regular season will wrap up on Aug. 12. Details on playoff scheduling have not yet been released.
The expansion Nanaimo Night Owls will also join the wood bat college summer circuit in 2021, a third expansion team that makes five Canadian clubs, including Kamloops, Edmonton, the Kelowna Falcons and Victoria HarbourCats.
Click here to see the complete 2021 schedule, which is subject to approval from local health authorities amid the pandemic.
The NorthPaws’ season is broken into 18 three-game series, nine home and nine away.
“Today is an exciting step in the development of NorthPaws’ baseball,” NorthPaws’ part-owner Jon Pankuch said in a press release. “Games like the home opener and Canada Day are the first ones we have circled on our calendar.”
Kamloops will play host to 27 regular-season games. Highlights include a Canada Day showdown against the Wenatchee AppleSox, the first Kamloops-Kelowna series at Norbrock, with Game 1 slated for July 20, a three-game series against Victoria beginning on July 30 and an expansion clash with the Night Owls that gets underway on Aug. 3.
“We’re highly anticipating a fun season and seeing all the Canadian teams come to Norbrock Stadium is great,” Pankuch said in the release.
The WCL, founded in 2005, has 15 teams across Oregon, Washington state, B.C. and Alberta and features collegiate players with professional aspirations.