Far West League Announced

The six-team North Division will include the Humboldt Crabs, Redding Colt 45s, Southern Oregon RiverDawgs, California Seals, NorCal Pirates and the Reno Aces.

The South Division will include the California Glory, Atwater Aviators, Fresno Cardinals, Fontanetti's Athletics and YOUR Neptune Beach Pearl.

Each team will play three league games against every other team, regardless of division, for a total of 24 league games per team.  At the end of the league season, the top eight teams will compete in a round-robin tournament to determine the league champion.  Most teams in the new Far West League are done or nearly done with their 2011 playing schedule.

The venue for the tournament will rotate from year to year, with Humboldt hosting the inaugural event on August 4, 5, 6 and 7th.  League play across the Far West League will get under way the weekend of June 10 - 11 - 12.

With the 11 teams playing top-notch competition, word of the Far West League will likely spread.

"We're getting the word out to major colleges and conferences, and we want to recruit top-notch Division I and Division II players," said Far West League Commissioner Roger Lorenzetti.  "We want to be a top flight league within three to five years.  If we can stick together we can achieve that."

Brant Cummings, manager of the Neptune Beach Pearl, expressed enthusiasm about the Far West League.

"I think we're moving in a positive direction," said Cummings.  "If all goes well it will bring credibility to the region from a national standpoint."

Cummings hopes that Far West League teams will help each other out, and gave as an example that if a team's roster was full it would refer a player to another team in the league.

"That would enhance our league," said Cummings

The Neptune Beach Pearl kick off their season with a non-league game on June 1st against the Nor Cal Longhorns.


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