08/12/2013 3:23 AM
August 12, 2013
For Immediate Release
WMBL will see a new Championship team for 2013
Beginning tonight the Medicine Hat Mavericks and the Melville Millionaires are set to battle it out
The 2013 Western Major Baseball League’s final playoff round will be played this week and a champion will emerge in a best of five game series. On Monday evening the opening pitch will be delivered at 7:05p.m., as the Western Conference Champion Medicine Hat Mavericks will host the Eastern Conference Champion Melville Millionaires for the first two games of the series on Monday and Tuesday (August 12 and 13th).
During regular season play the Mavericks won the Western Division as well as finished in first place overall with a record of 39-7(0.848). In the play offs rounds they took on the Moose Jaw Miller Express and then the Okotoks Dawgs, winning the Western Conference and going into the Championship series with a 6-0 record.
The Millionaires completed regular season play with a record of 28-18 (0.609) placing second in the Eastern Division, behind the Swift Current Indians (29-17). In the first round of playoffs, the Millionaires knocked off 2011 and 2012 Champions Regina Red Sox in 3 games. In round two they battled the Swift Current Indians going the full five games to win the Eastern Conference. They enter the Championship series with a 6-3 playoff record.
League President Kevin Kvame says, “The finals are a five game series, with all games scheduled to start at 7:05p.m. Home field this final round goes to the team that finishes the regular season with the best record. For 2013, home field will go to the Mavericks, hosting the first two games on Monday and Tuesday. Game three will be played in Melville on Wednesday as well as game four on Thursday, if necessary. If game five is required, it will be played in Medicine Hat on Friday.”
A quick recap of the 2013 season:
• This was the WMBL’s first season as a full Collegiate league and the 250 + players had to meet NCAA, NAIA or CCBC standards.
• The season began on May 30th and had 253 regular season games scheduled, each of the 11 teams had a 46 game. There were 251 games played, 2 were cancelled due to weather.
• Shaw partnered with the WMBL several regular season games from Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Okotoks as well as the first round of playoff games between the Okotoks Dawgs and Lethbridge Bulls.
• Medicine Hat Mavericks lost their home field to the June floods. They moved from Kinsmen Park to Jefferies Field for the remainder of the season and lost an average of over 200 fans /game, but still had an attendance of 13,739 fans in 24 regular season home games.
• Total WMBL attendance for the regular season was 134, 008 fans, an average of 554 fans per game. This is an increase of 6,491 fans over 2012.
• Canada Day 2013 saw a single day attendance record set of 10,970 fans.
• The Okotoks Dawgs and their fans raised over $40,000 for the Foothills flood relief effort.
• The WMBL teams also supported regional organizations such as Breast Cancer research and Habitat for Humanity as well as local community organization in each of the 11 ball parks.
• This season the WMBL introduced a Player of the Week award for each week of the regular season, these players each received an engraved bat from Rawlings.
The final games of the 2013 season will can be watched lived by gong to the home teams website
Medicine Hat Mavericks www.themavericks.ca
Melville Millionaires www.millionairesbaseball.com
or to the WMBL site
WMBL/scoreboard and click on “Game Live”
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. Communications
(403) 320-2025 (403) 819-5341