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Cowlitz Announces Gary Van Tol as New Head Coach
With sights set on 2021, the Cowlitz Black Bears are pleased to announce Gary Van Tol as their new Head Baseball Coach. Van Tol brings with him an incredible wealth of knowledge from both the professional and Division-1 baseball ranks, as he mentors and guides Cowlitz County’s home-town Black Bears. “We are thrilled to have...
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Shane Bieber among 42 WCL alums appearing in 2020 MLB

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season, 42 alumni of West Coast League teams played in the major leagues. A number of alumni posted outstanding seasons, such as Cleveland’s Cy Young Award candidate Shane Bieber (Cowlitz, 2014) and Seattle Mariners ace Marco Gonzales (Wenatchee, 2010). Other notable WCL alumni include pitchers Detroit’s Matt Boyd…

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Cowlitz Alum Shane Bieber’s Record Setting MLB Season

This is an updated article originally published December 2, 2019. Former Cowlitz Black Bear pitcher Shane Bieber, who became the organization’s second major leaguer in 2018, shined in Major League Baseball in 2020. He set a new record of fewest Innings Pitched for a starting pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts, accomplishing the feat in a…

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WCL and Black Bears announce cancellation of 2020 season

After much deliberation and a careful analysis of the facts available, it is with heavy hearts that the Cowlitz Black Bears staff is announcing the cancellation of the 2020 season. Our goal has always been to play and to provide a safe and entertaining gathering place that would act as a return to normalcy in…

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