The Corvallis Knights will open their 2013 season on June 4 with an 11 a.m. School’s Day game against the Portland Lobos at Goss Stadium, general manager Bre Kerkvliet announced Friday.
It’s the first of 59 regular-season games for the West Coast League team, which has captured six consecutive South (formerly West) Division championships. They begin WCL play June 5 at Wenatchee, which defeated Corvallis 2-1 in the 2012 WCL Championship Series.
The Knights’ official home opener is June 12 against the Kitsap Blue Jackets. They will play 32 home games on 31 dates; most home games will start at 6:40 p.m.
“Our fans and sponsors are going to love our 2013 schedule,” Kerkvliet said.
The schedule features six Block 15 Thursdays, the annual OSU Federal Credit Union Fireworks Night on July 3, and the team will host Oregon’s mayors at the July 26 game as part of the Oregon Mayors Conference.
There will be plenty of other promotions, and that schedule will be announced no later than February,” Kerkvliet said.
The league’s 11 teams have been organized in a revised divisional alignment with the addition of the expansion Victoria HarbourCats and Medford Rogues. The league will now be split into North and South divisions instead of East and West.
“We’re excited about the schedule and believe it accentuates our best rivalries for the fans,” WCL president Ken Wilson said.
The South Division features the Knights, Medford, Klamath Falls, Bend, Cowlitz and Kitsap. The North Division includes Victoria, Kelowna, Bellingham, Wenatchee and Walla Walla.
Expansion has predicated an unbalanced schedule. The Knights will play three-game home-and-home series with every opponent except Victoria and Walla Walla. Corvallis will play three games at Victoria, and host Walla Walla for three games.
The top two finishers in each division will advance to the best-of-3 divisional playoffs, set for Aug. 12-14. The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series will start on Aug. 16 with one game at the North champion’s stadium.
The annual WCL All-Star Game is July 23 at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.
JUNE: 4: Portland Lobos. 5-7: @ Wenatchee. 8-10: @ Cowlitz. 12-14: Kitsap. 15-17: Cowlitz. 18-20: @ Medford. 21-23: Klamath Falls. 25-27: @ Bend. 28-30: @ Kitsap.
JULY: 2-4: Bellingham. 5-6: WCL Portland. 8-10: Wenatchee. 11-13: Walla Walla. 15-17: @ Bellingham. 18: Albany Mid-Valley Rockets. 23: WCL All-Star Game, @ Victoria. 24-26: Medford. 27-29: @ Victoria. 30-31: @ Kelowna.
AUGUST: 1: @ Kelowna. 3-4: Kelowna. 5-7: Bend. 8: Portland Lobos. 9-11: @ Klamath Falls. 12-14: WCL Divisional playoffs. 16-19: WCL Championship Series.
NOTE: The Aug. 4 home date with Kelowna is a doubleheader.