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The Western Baseball League was an independent minor league that operated from 1995 through 2002. The league began with four teams in California, two in Washington, one in Oregon and one in British Columbia.

[edit] Cities and Teams represented

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[edit] Team Statistics by Year

1995 Team Statistics
League President: Bruce Engel

North Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Bend Bandits 48 43 .527 0 53,465 Al Gallagher
Tri-City Posse 45 46 .495 3 98,246 Tom Trebelhorn
Surrey Glaciers 38 52 .422 9 53,769 Dick Phillips
Grays Harbor Gulls 31 59 .344 16 82,450 Nate Colbert
South Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Salinas Peppers 60 30 .667 0 56,579 Dave Holt
Long Beach Barracuda/Riptide 52 38 .572 8 61,120 Jeff Burroughs
Sonoma County Crushers 44 46 .489 16 84,173 Paul Deese
Palm Springs Suns 43 47 .478 17 61,595 Bill Sudakis

Championship: Long Beach 3 games, Tri-City 1.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Kyle Washington Sonoma County BA .370 Kevin Reardon Salinas W 14
Scott Tedder Bend Runs 68 John Weglarz Tri City SO 172
Scott Tedder Bend Hits 119 John Weglarz Tri City ERA 1.87
Paul Williams Grays Harbor RBI 79 Paul Williams Grays Harbor HR 22


1996 Team Statistics
League President: Bruce Engel

North Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Reno Chukars 48 42 .533 0 52,113 Butch Hughes
Tri-City Posse 44 45 .494 3- 96,061 Bobo Brayton
Grays Harbor Gulls 40 50 .444 8 37,045 Charley Kerfeld
Bend Bandits 39 50 .433 8- 52,946 Al Gallagher
South Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Long Beach Riptide 54 36 .600 0 74,440 Jeff Burroughs
Salinas Peppers 54 36 .600 8 47,363 Dave Holt
Palm Springs Suns 46 44 .511 8 31,241 Jamie Nelson
Sonoma County Crushers 34 56 .378 20 92,020 Dick Dietz
Playoff: Long Beach 3 games, Tri City 1.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Chris Grubb Grays Harbor BA .365 Ben Weber Salinas W 12
Rick Prieto Salinas Runs 83 Chris Sheehan Tri City SO 135
Rick Prieto Salinas Hits 123 Jose Salcedo Tri City ERA 2.11
Carl Nichols Reno RBI 89 Todd Pridy Salinas HR 21


1997 Team Statistics
League President: Bruce Engel

North Standings W L PCT GB
Reno Chukars 55 35 .611 0
Grays Harbor Gulls 49 41 .544 6
Bend Bandits 39 51 .433 16
Tri-City Posse 34 56 .377 21
South Standings W L PCT GB
Sonoma County Crushers 56 34 .622 0
Chico Heat 45 45 .500 11
Salinas Peppers 43 47 .477 13
Mission Viejo Vigilantes 39 51 .433 17
Playoff: Chico 3 games, Reno 1. Total League Attendance 631,285

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Todd Takayoshi Reno BA .407 Todd Genke Sonoma W 12
Andy Tarpley Reno Runs 92 Ben Burlingame Bend SO 127
Todd Takayoshi Reno Hits 137 Frank Kristopher Sonoma ERA 2.48
Mike Rendina Grays Harbor HR 24 Todd Takayoshi Reno RBI 88


1998 Team Statistics
League President: Bruce Engel

North Standings W L PCT GB
Reno Chukars 45 45 .500 0
Bend Bandits 43 46 .483 1-
Western Warriors 43 47 .477 2
Tri-City Posse 39 51 .433 6
South Standings W L PCT GB
Chico Heat 63 26 .708 0
Mission Viejo Vigilantes 49 41 .544 14-
Sonoma County Crushers 49 41 .544 14-
Pacific Suns 28 62 .311 35-
Playoff: Sonoma County 3 games, Western 0. Total League Attendance 593,918.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Todd Pridy Sonoma BA .408 Chris Neier Chico W 8-2
Vern Spearman Sonoma Runs 89 William Flynt Bend SO 134
Todd Pridy Sonoma Hits 146 Chris Neier Chico ERA 2.94
Randy Kapano Bend HR 25 Brett Jenkins Reno RBI 94


1999 Team Statistics
League President: Bob Linscheid

Teams W L PCT GB
Chico Heat 63 27 .700 0
Tri-City Posse 48 42 .533 15
Zion Pioneerzz 41 49 .456 22
Sonoma County Crushers 41 49 .456 22
Reno BlackJacks 41 49 .456 22
Sacramento Steelheads 36 54 .400 27
Playoffs: Tri-City 3 games, Chico 0. Total League Attendance 532,186

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Kevin Ellis Tri-City BA .366 Chris White Chico W 10
Mike Nadeau Chico Runs 90 Reggie Leslie Tri-City / Sacremento SO 123
Mark Charbonnet Zion Hits 130 Tom Bergan Chico ERA 2.93
Mark Charbonnet Zion HR 28 Mark Charbonnet Zion RBI 103


2000 Team Statistics
League President: Bob Linscheid

North Teams W L PCT GB South Teams W L PCT GB
Chico Heat 57 33 .633 0 Zion Pioneerzz 54 34 .614 0
Solano Steelheads 45 45 .500 12 Yuma Bullfrogs 45 43 .511 9
Feather River Mudcats 41 49 .456 16 Valley Vipers 38 52 .422 17
Tri-City Posse 40 50 .444 17 Sonoma County Crushers 38 52 .422 17
Playoffs:Zion 3 games, Chico 1. Total League Attendance 533, 696

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Lee Tinsley Valley BA .379 Reece Borges Chico W 10
Mike Smith Zion W 10
Buck McNabb Chico Runs 87 Jason Olsen Feather River SO 142
James Lofton Tri-City Hits 118 Jason Olsen Feather River ERA 2.96
Rod McCall Zion HR 19 Paul Torres Solano RBI 82


2001 Team Statistics
League President: Bob Linscheid

North Teams W L PCT GB South Teams W L PCT GB
Chico Heat 56 34 .622 0 St. George Pioneerzz 39 51 .433 0
Solano Steelheads 52 38 .578 4 Yuma Bullfrogs 39 51 .433 0
Sonoma County Crushers 48 42 .533 8 Long Beach Breakers 36 54 .400 3
Playoffs:Long Beach 3, Chico 2. Total League Attendance 398,949

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ray L. Brown Chico BA .385 Greg Bicknell/Jeff Harris Chico W 11
Chris Powell Sonoma Runs 77 Greg Bicknell Chico SO 121
Ray L. Brown Chico Hits 138 Brian Grant Sonoma ERA 2.11
Victor Sanchez Solano HR 31 Anthony Lewis St. George RBI 90



2002 Team Statistics
League President: Sam Pepper

North Teams W L PCT GB South Teams W L PCT GB
Chico Heat 55 35 .611 0 Long Beach Breakers 44 46 .489 0
Sonoma County Crushers 49 41 .544 6 Solano Steelheads 42 48 .467 2
Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox 43 47 .477 12 Yuma Bullfrogs 37 53 .411 7
Playoffs:Chico 3 games Long Beach 1. Total League Attendance 393,366

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Greg Jacobs Long Beach BA .382 Tim Davidson Sonoma W 12
Keith Mitchell Sonoma Runs 87 Jeff Harris Solano SO 109
Greg Jacobs Long Beach Hits 124 Jason Olsen Sonoma ERA 2.77
Victor Sanchez Solano HR 22 Greg Jacobs Long Beach RBI 91
The League did not organize in 2003. At the present time it is not operating.
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