LEFTIES: Port Angeles to play U.S.-based teams in 2021 as West Coast League revises schedule

PORTLAND — The Port Angeles Lefties will play a revised 48-game West Coast League schedule this summer comprised solely of other U.S.-based teams as the WCL announced the elimination of all regular-season international travel.

Port Angeles also is expected to play a number of exhibition contests against other wood-bat league teams.

The new schedule will consist of the league’s 10 U.S.-based members in Washington and Oregon playing each other, and the league’s Canada-based members doing the same.

This revised structure leaves open the possibility of a full league playoff format.

“After the adversities we all faced last year, we’re looking forward to a new season devoted to our communities and our student-athletes,” West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer said.

“At the same time, we’re grateful for the guidance and assistance of local, state and provincial health officials while prioritizing the health and safety of our players, staffs, fans and host families.”

The U.S. portion of the schedule will be released early next week.

The Canada portion will be released in the first half of April, with the Victoria HarbourCats joined by three teams slated for their inaugural seasons: the Edmonton Riverhawks, Kamloops NorthPaws and Nanaimo NightOwls.

The Kelowna Falcons also announced they have withdrawn from the 2021 schedule and plan to return in 2022.

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