07/30/2013 12:21 AM
Western Major Baseball League
July 29, 2013
For Immediate Release
2013 WMBL Playoff Schedule
As predicted the 2013 WMBL regular season was full of excitement and as this evening games concluded so did the regular season for all teams except two. One game will be made up on July 30th with a 7:05p.m. start time with the Medicine Hat Mavericks hosting Swift Current Indians. This is the only game that Medicine Hat was not able to play at home due to the flooding and loss of their home field, the results will only affect win/loss record of these two teams. Playoff positions have all been determined; the WMBL announces 2013 standings and first round playoffs matchups.
In the Western Division Medicine Hat Mavericks (38-7 with a game on hand) have finished in first place as as well as the have come out with the best regular season record overall. The Okotoks Dawgs (31-13) were the closest rivals finishing in 2nd place in the Western Division and in the League. Third place in the Division was claimed by the Lethbridge Bulls(23-23). The Edmonton Prospects (6-40) were eliminated from playoffs.
The Eastern Division saw the Melville Millionaires (28-18) take first place over the two time defending WMBL champion's the Regina Red Sox. The Red Sox(22-24), wrapped up regular the regular season in second place for the Division with the Weyburn Beavers (18-28) clinching third place. The Yorkton Cardinals (16-30) eliminated from the playoffs.
In the Central Division the Swift Current Indians (29-16 with a game on hand) took first place. The battle for the second place and a playoff spot was between Moose Jaw Miller Express (21-25) and the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets (18-26). Prior to this evenings game these two teams were tied, but League made it official today following the tie breaking procedures of the WMBL that Moose Jaw would have placed 2nd ahead of Saskatoon. But the tie was adverted when they went head to head in the last regular season game with the Express winning 12-9 against the Yellow Jackets.
For those who are interested in how the tie breaker would have been decided, WMBL President Kvame says, “The final spot in the WMBL playoffs went to Moose Jaw on Saturday night when they defeated the Okotoks Dawgs in Okotoks. Moose Jaw would have finish percentage points above the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets even if Saskatoon won their last two games against Moose Jaw. The two games between Okotoks and Saskatoon that were rained out on July 5 and 6 were canceled at that time by the rainout policy of the WMBL. It states where two teams are rained out and they are not playing each other for the balance of the season at either team's venue AND they are more than 300 km apart, those games will be canceled by the league. Tie breaking in the league standings uses Games Behind Leader first, followed by win record (or percentage), and then head to head record between the two teams. Moose Jaw was awarded the final playoff spot Saturday when calculations determine they do no worse than a tie in GBL and will be percentage points higher no matter what at the conclusion of the season.”
The Playoff format will now see the three divisions merge and become the Eastern and Western Conference. Each conference will consist of the top 4 teams playing off for the Conference Championship and the right to continue on as one of the two teams playing off for the 2013 WMBL- League Championship. For playoff tickets contact the home team for that game.
The conference playoff schedule is as follows with games scheduled to start on July 31, 2013.
Medicine Hat Mavericks (1) vs. Moose Jaw Miller Express (4)
Okotoks Dawgs(2) vs. Lethbridge Bulls (3)
Swift Current Indians (1) vs. Weyburn Beavers (4)
Melville Millionaires (2) vs. Regina Red Sox (3)
The Edmonton Prospects (Western Division), Yorkton Cardinals (Eastern Division) and Saskatoon Yellow Jackets (Central Division) are eliminated.
If you think the regular season was exciting, don;t miss pplay off actions as the teams round the bases in the race towards the 2013 Championship.
Tickets can be purchesed by contacting the teams directly.
About the Western Major Baseball League
The WMBL is Canada’s pre-eminent summer collegiate wood bat baseball league showcasing college players from Canada and the United States. With beginnings dating back over 50 years, the League now consists of 11 teams playing in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The 2013 season will mark the first season as a full collegiate league; continuing the tradition of offering fans a consistently high level of competition, coaching and WMBL players being drafted by the MLB. Alumni will tell you that players have not experienced first class summer baseball, hospitality and fan support until they have spent a summer playing for the WMBL. So there you have it, the Western Major Baseball League, Canada’s premier summer collegiate league: quality competition, quality coaching and a quality summer experience in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Okotoks, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Melville, Yorkton and Weyburn. For more information go to www.wmbl.ca
For more information contact:
Kevin Kvame, WMBL President
Cori vanKeulen, V.P. of Communications