first_imgThe West Coast League is expanding to Ridgefield beginning in the spring, the city announced Thursday, which will make it Clark County’s first collegiate wood-bat baseball team since 2007.Approved unanimously by the Ridgefield City Council last week, the team will play at the forthcoming Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, a 53-acre sporting facility that is under construction and set to be complete in September.It will become the third West Coast League team in Portland and Southwest Washington, joining the Portland Pickles and Longview’s Cowlitz Black Bears, and will push the number of West Coast League teams to 12.The WCL is a college developmental league that plays from June until mid-August.“The league was especially interested because obviously Southwest Washington is a great market with Vancouver and the surrounding communities growing as fast as they are,” league commissioner Rob Neyer said.Added Tony Bonacci, the expansion team owner: “(Ridgefield) is right in the middle of our footprint; it’s such a great fit.”Neyer, an author and longtime baseball journalist, began as WCL commissioner May 1 and said the league has been looking to expand. He believes the greater Portland area and Southwest Washington can “easily” support two West Coast League baseball teams — and figures the move will create somewhat of a rivalry.last_img