The Ridgefield Raptors host the first playoff game in team history tonight at 6:35, facing the Corvallis Knights just two days after a dramatic final day of the regular season that left Ridgefield as the last team standing in the wild card race.
Needing Portland to lose and Bend to win, plus a Ridgefield win, the Raptors got all three results and made the playoffs in Year Two of Raptors Baseball.
Now, Corvallis comes to town for Game 1 of the Divisional Round, while Games 2 and 3 will be at Goss Stadium on Sunday and, if necessary, Monday, both at 6:35. For Saturday’s tickets, message Tickets@RidgefieldRaptors.com.
A live video stream will be available for Saturday’s game and a live audio stream for the road games. Following the best-of-three Divisional Round, the best-of-three Championship Series begins August 18.
Ridgefield won in extra innings on Thursday in the regular season finale, taking the rubber match over Walla Walla, 4-2. Tanner Jacques had an inside the park home run in the 3rd inning and Grant Heiser scored the game-winning run in the 10th on a wild pitch. Ben Larson was the winning pitcher, throwing two scoreless innings and lowering his ERA to 0.92, the lowest for any player in the two years of Raptors baseball.
Just minutes after Ridgefield’s win, Bend closed out a victory over Corvallis to join the tie with Portland and Ridgefield. Without the tiebreaker against Portland, Ridgefield was not going to make the playoffs unless Bend won to join all three teams at 26-22. The three-team tiebreaker went to Ridgefield, since the Raptors went 6-0 against Bend and had the best head-to-head record in that group (9-3).
No matter the result of this series, the Raptors would like to thank the fans, parents and host families for making this season a special return to action at the RORC. To inquire about being a 2022 Host Family, message info@RidgefieldRaptors.com. We hope to see you at the park Saturday at 6:35!