The Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) returned to action for the first time since August of 2019.
The comeback was significant for many reasons, some baseball related and some not.
It meant the launch of the Sylvan Lake Gulls, an expansion franchise that has made its nest at the newly-built Gulls Stadium.
The Okotoks Dawgs are fielding two teams – Dawgs Red and Dawgs Black – as they look to defend their championship title. They’re also excited to show off Core 4 (+14) Corner, an exquisite patio and seating area serviced by the Grog & Grub concession stand out by the left-field foul pole.
The Edmonton Prospects are embarking on their longest road trip in team history, taking WCBL baseball to Spruce Grove and Sherwood Park along the way. And the Lethbridge Bulls are jacked up to see Spitz Stadium return to full capacity later this summer.
In the bigger picture, the welcoming of fans to the ball diamond offers some hope that life is indeed getting back to normal after the lengthy pause of public events that was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta Dugout Stories was in Sylvan Lake for the Gulls first WCBL game, and in Okotoks for the Dawgs 2021 home opener at Seaman Stadium.
Here’s a look at some of what photographer Ian Wilson was able to capture from both events:
SYLVAN LAKE GULLS HOST THE EDMONTON PROSPECTS: JUNE 18, 2021 AT GULLS STADIUM
OKOTOKS DAWGS RED HOST THE LETHBRIDGE BULLS: JUNE 20, 2021 AT SEAMAN STADIUM
Thank you for looking through some of our pictures from the WCBL’s opening weekend of the 2021 season. For more images, check out the Western Canadian Baseball League’s own photo gallery commemorating the occasion.