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Rogues join Great West League

The Medford Rogues baseball team is set to join the Great West League, it was announced Wednesday.

The Rogues became the sixth franchise to commit to the new summer collegiate league.

“The Medford Rogues are one of the finest franchises in all of summer collegiate wood-bat baseball and we could not be happier that the Rogues will be part of the Great West League,” Great West League president Ken Wilson said in a press release. “CSH International is a quality owner that cares about the community, and they make a wonderful partner for our league.”

The GWL begins play next June and will compete in a 60-game schedule. The other teams in the conference are the Chico Heat, Lodi Crushers, Marysville GoldSox, Portland Pickles and Sacramento.

"We are excited about the move to the GWL, we feel this is best for our business model, less travel for the players, and markets closer to Medford so we can establish closer rivals for our fans,” Gary Gelinas, president of the Rogues, said in the press release. “This is a league that has superb ownership groups and baseball people running franchises, which makes the Great West League very attractive for Medford.”

Since their inception in 2013, the Rogues have competed in the West Coast League.

“We want to do what is best for our players, our business, and most importantly our fans,” Medford Rogues general manager Ian Church said in the press release. “Nothing else changes for us. Our mission stays the same: Provide affordable family entertainment and continue to be the thing to do in the summer in Southern Oregon. Josh Hogan is still our skipper and is putting together a team that will compete for a title. Our front office staff is still going to put on the best show in town and cater to our fans providing the best summer entertainment in the Rogue Valley.”

For more information on the GWL, visit www.greatwestleague.com.