Another week gone in the WMBL and many things remain the same. The Medicine Hat Mavericks had an impressive week to remain atop the West Division standings. The Mavs are now 18-3 on the season with a 7 game win streak heading into tonight’s game against Yorkton. The Mavs took two very tight ball games from the Lethbridge Bulls this week to cement their spot at the top of the division. In the East Swift Current remains in the top spot with a record of 16-6, 3.5 games clear of second place Regina.
As stated in an earlier post the Fort McMurray Giants will be playing their first actual home games of the year this week. Wednesday night the Giants will host the Regina Red Sox at Shell Place. It is exciting and uplifting to see a city that lost so much get back a sense of normal. The city of Fort McMurray has a team to rally around and the support should be tremendous. After the game Wednesday a live stream of the benefit concert, taking place at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton will be broadcast at Shell Place. It should be an unforgettable evening for everyone involved. The WMBL could not be happier to see Fort McMurray headed home!
Friday is Canada Day, and as always this will be the biggest day of the year for the WMBL. All 12 teams will be in action, and crowds will be out in full force to pack WMBL stadiums. See the Canada Day schedule below.
Melville Millionaires @ Fort McMurray Giants @ 2:05pm.
Melville Millionaires @ Fort McMurray Giants @ 7:35pm.
Weyburn Beavers @ Lethbridge Bulls @ 2:05pm.
Weyburn Beavers @ Lethbridge Bulls @ 7:35pm.
Moose Jaw Miller Express @ Yorkton Cardinals @ 2:05pm.
Regina Red Sox @ Edmonton Prospects @ 7:05pm.
Brooks Bombers @ Okotoks Dawgs @ 7:05pm.
Swift Current Indians @ Medicine Hat Mavericks @ 7:05pm.
Make sure to come out and support all of the teams participating on Canada Day. Hopefully the weather is beautiful and fans can enjoy some fantastic baseball on Canada’s birthday.
Last year’s attendance on Canada Day was the best ever for the WMBL. Edmonton led the way with an incredible 7147 attendees. Always a huge draw, the Okotoks Dawgs drew 5021 fans. Lethbridge and Medicine Hat also had tremendous showings packing their parks with over 2000 fans each. If the turnout is anywhere near last year the WMBL will fly past 100,000 fans by the end of the weekend. As it stands right now just under 90,000 fans have been out to watch this season. With a good showing on Friday there is no reason to believe 2016 won’t be the most attended season of WMBL baseball ever. It is a testament to all of the great fan bases in Alberta and Saskatchewan that make this league possible. The WMBL would like to thank everyone who has helped make this league so successful. We would also like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend this year.