Wednesday, May 25, 2011

99 NWIBL Facebook Fans and Counting

NWIBL Vancouver Bandits 2011 
photo by MiaKBaker
The word is getting out about NWIBL! We have 99 fans on the Northwest Independent Baseball League Fan Facebook page, a flickr page and you can follow games on twitter. Many of the teams have set up blogs and pages as well. We keep an updated list on the NWIBL Community page of this blog. Check it out!

Last Sunday over 100 fans came out to Walker Stadium during the day to watch three different games. Jack Conover of the Bulldogs had 15 strike-outs in the last game! And the day before fans over at Scavone saw 3 home runs, bringing in thirty more dollars for one of NWIBL's designated Home Runs for a Cure charity, JDRF. NWIBL will be donating to three non-profits this year. You can see the latest updates on the NWIBL Cares page of this blog.

See you this weekend at Volcanoes Stadium!

Monday, May 16, 2011

NWIBL Community

2009 NWIBL Angels
Our NWIBLfan community is growing! We have close to 100 friends on Facebook and many of our teams are setting up their own pages! We will post links to all these team pages and websites on our links page, so if you know of one we have not included please let us know in a comment or email.

NWIBL is also looking to hire plate and field umpires for the season. There is more information on the NWIBL league website here.

And they are looking for a few volunteers to announce and keep score at games. If this is something you would like to do please visit the league website at

And don't forget to add your game day and team photos to NWIBLfan on flickr! See you in the stands. NWIBLfan. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

NWIBL Opening Weekend a Splash (Literally!)

NWIBL fans 'under their umbrellas-ella-ella...'
Amidst the on-again, off-again rain, NWIBL fans watched some excellent ball games this weekend at Volcanoes Stadium and Walker Field. 12 year old Hanna Wilson from Vancouver, Washington sang the National Anthem and kicked off the Pirates vs. the River Hawks rematch. 11 year old Lili Morrisey from Portland, Oregon (director Duane Wangenheim's granddaughter!) threw out the first pitch.
Pirate Matt McCord  #27 hit the first home run of the season (that is $10 for the JDRF, thanks Matt!) leading the Pirates to win with a 3-2 victory over the Hawks.
Next, 12 year old Allison O'Neill from Oregon City sang the National Anthem for the Portland Flyers vs Bridgetown Thunders.  The game was tied at 2-2 until the Thunders won in the bottom of the 8th with a base hit to left field.
Unfortunately Sckavone Field was rained out on Saturday and the The Rose City Reds vs The Portland Titans game was canceled. Over at Walker Stadium the Vancouver Bandits vs the Vancouver Twins stuck it out until the game was called in the 5th with a score of 1-0. The Highlanders vs The Tigers game was rained out as well. We will post the dates for those games when they get rescheduled.

Player warm up for Sunday Games at Volcanoes Stadium
Sunday the sky was full of dramatic clouds, but they drifted away in time for 11 year old Anna Bishop from Portland, OR to sing the national Anthem and for the Three River Circles vs. the Portland Royals. It was an exciting game: tied until the the bottom of the 5th. The Circles took the lead after a series of great hits to win the game 7-3. Last up was the Indians vs the Dodgers which yielded a shattered bat but fortunately no shattered windshields! After a brief 20 minute pause due to a down pour at the top of the 2nd, the sun came out again (only in Oregon!). Daryl Blunt wrapped up the night with a phenomenal play in center field to end game 6-3 Indians.

A view from inside the press box
Post your photos of these games to our Flickr NWIBLfan Group!
The next games this week are:
Walker Stadium 
Monday May 9th, 6:45pm Bulldogs vs. Twins CXLD
Wednesday May 11th 6:45pm Royals vs. Thunder
Thursday May 12th 6:45pm Pirates vs. Indians
Fort Vancouver
Saturday May 14th 1pm Bandits vs. Dodgers
Saturday May 14th 4pm Dodgers vs. Twins

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Friday, May 6, 2011

NWIBL Opening Weekend Game Schedule

NWIBL Titans 2010
NWIBL games are in three locations this weekend. Come out and cheer for your favorite team!
Saturday May 7th *EW Bat Give-Away after the first game
Volcanoes Stadium  NWIBL 2011 Season Opener May 7th 12 noon 
See the rematch with the 2010 City Champion P-Town Pirates vs. runner up Portland River Hawks and the 2010 Division winners Bridgetown Thunder play the Portland Flyers.
At Sckavone Stadium (Map) May 7th ; Rose City Reds vs. the Portland Titans at 12.00PM
Sckavone Stadium is a long time home to semi-pro baseball. Parking on Nehalem Street and parking lot located behind left field on  22nd Avenue
At Walker Stadium   May 7th  at 2.00PM the Vancouver Bandits vs. the Vancouver Twins and at 5.00 PM the Portland Highlanders vs. the Portland Tigers   
Charles B. Walker Stadium, Lents Park, is located at the S.E. 92nd and Holgate.
Sunday May 8th *EW Bat Give-Away after the first game
Volcanoes Stadium
(Map) May 8th 12 noon see the Portland Royals play the Oregon Circles and the then the Portland Indians play the Portland Dodgers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

200 baseball games planned for the NWIBL 2011 Season

NWIBL 2010 Circles' Stephen George
Who says there is no baseball in Portland? NWIBLs third season kicks off this weekend, May 7th and 8th at Volcanoes Stadium at noon. We have some great talent lined up to throw out the first pitch, sing the national Anthem and call the games.
Did you know that there will be 11 to 14 games a week -- that is over 200 games -- played at Walker Stadium and Sckavone Field? And NWIBL will be back at Volcanoes Stadium later this spring, so stay tuned for more information about those games: we will post the schedule here on our fan blog.
Admission to league games in Portland is free again this year, so bring your family and root for your favorite NWIBL team.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New River Hawks Jerseys for 2011

River Hawks 2011 Jerseys
The Portland River Hawks are sporting new hats and jerseys this season. 
Don't miss the season opener and rematch this Sunday, May 7th at 1pm: River Hawks vs. P-Town Pirates at Volcanoes Stadium just an hour south of Portland in Keizer, Oregon.
Stadium opens at noon: admission $4 for kids, $5.00 for adults.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday Team Spotlight: Bridgetown Thunder

NWIBL Bridgetown Thunder 2010 Team
Tuesday Team Spotlight: Bridgetown Thunder NWIBL 2010 First Place Champions, Columbia Division.
Will they do it again this season? This Saturday the BT Thunder will play against the 2010 Willamette Division champs the Portland Flyers at Volcanoes Stadium. Games begin at noon. Thunder vs Flyers at 3pm.

Be sure to stay updated on the new Bridgetown Thunder website for schedules and up to date stats and be sure to like them on Facebook.