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Weeklong cancellation comes after two league players test positive for COVID-19

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Guests were given temperature checks prior to entering games and provided with complimentary masks if they didn't come with one.The Wild Wild West League has canceled all games for the next week following positive COVID-19 tests of two league players who live together.

Ross Campbell, general manager of the Portland Pickles and one of the leagues organizers, declined to comment on which of the four teams the players were from, but noted they are teammates.

According to a statement from the league on Twitter, the weeklong break will allow players to undergo additional testing. Tickets purchased for the canceled games will be refunded, the league's statement said.

According to the WWWL safety protocol, all players and staff have daily temperature checks and self-quarantined for seven days at the start of the season. Players with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be tested for COVID-19, the protocol states.

The safety protocol also outlines regular sanitization of shared surfaces and equipment and a workflow to promote social distancing. Handwashing stations are also supposed to be in each team's dugout, and personnel on site has been reduced to a "skeleton crew."

Players, coaching, staff and umpires are also required to wear masks at practices and games, except for while playing in a game.

Campbell said that, so far, fans, teams and others at the ballpark have smoothly followed the safety protocols.

"We followed the safety protocol to a T," he said.

After the positive tests of two players, Campbell said the league decided to cancel games so all players could get tested because player safety is a priority.

"When it comes to things like player safety, you have to go one step further and we have to make sure that what we're doing with the guys that we have is worth doing," Campbell said.

The seven-game cancellation comes after the West Linn Knight's stellar start to the short season. The Knights won their July 12 opener against Portland Pickles' affiliate, the Gherkins, 12-0.

The Knights improved to 2-0 two days later when they beat the Pickles 9-5. The West Linn side will miss seven games this week before play picks up again July 23.

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