The Board of Directors of the West Coast League has voted to re-align the league's divisions for the 2014 season. The vote moved to create a three-division alignment based on natural geographical boundaries.
The Bellingham Bells will join the West Division, which will also include the Victoria HarbourCats, the Kitsap Bluejackets and the Cowlitz Black Bears.
The South Division will include all of the league's Oregon teams- defending WCL champion Corvallis Knights, Bend Elks, Klamath Falls Gems, and Medford Rogues.
The East Division will include the Kelowna Falcons, Walla Walla Sweets, Wenatchee AppleSox, and the WCL's newest expansion team, Yakima.
"With expansion growing the league to twelve teams, the opportunity to align with three divisions creates even greater rivalries within natural geographic boundaries and will hopefully help member teams see some savings as it relates to ever-growing travel expenses," said Dennis Koho, WCL President.
The Bells will continue to play games all across the league, but won’t visit each team every year. With the revised league alignment, the playoff format will include the three division champions plus a wild card. The 2014 season is set to begin in early June and end in mid-August.
"The new division alignment is an all around win for the WCL," said Bells general manager Nick Caples. "In addition to saving on travel expenses, players will have a more enjoyable summer due to shorter road trips. More games will be played within the division, creating more intense rivalries and greater fan interest."