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Stories by Will Denner

Columbian staff writer

Gloves reading "Oklahoma" sit on the hands of Ridgefield Raptors' Patrick Engskov. Though he recently announced he'll be transferring to Arkansas State, Engskov is part of a pipeline the Raptors have with the Oklahoma Sooners baseball program.

Ridgefield Raptors continue building pipeline with Oklahoma baseball program

Gloves reading "Oklahoma" sit on the hands of Ridgefield Raptors' Patrick Engskov. Though he recently announced he'll be transferring to Arkansas State, Engskov is part of a pipeline the Raptors have with the Oklahoma Sooners baseball program.

July 13, 2024, 10:01am Clark County Sports

In order to build a roster capable of competing in the West Coast League, the Ridgefield Raptors spend countless hours behind the scenes establishing relationships with college programs and gaining their trust to send players to Ridgefield each summer. Read story

Ridgefield's Luke Iverson hits the ball Tuesday June 11, 2024, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Ridgefield Raptors heat up for season-high 16 hits to down Walla Walla Sweets

Ridgefield's Luke Iverson hits the ball Tuesday June 11, 2024, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

July 9, 2024, 11:30pm Clark County Sports

If you believe in superstitions, like some Ridgefield Raptors players, the recent Pacific Northwest heat wave can be considered somewhat of a fortuitous thing. Since last Friday’s series-opening win against the Cowlitz Black Bears, the Raptors’ hot bats have been the main driver behind a four-game winning streak. Read story

Ridgefield Raptors outfielder Ryder Cutlip was the top-ranked high school baseball player in Idaho last spring. He will play college baseball at Gonzaga after this summer.

Raptors Notebook: Ridgefield outfielder Ryder Cutlip adjusts to higher level of baseball

Ridgefield Raptors outfielder Ryder Cutlip was the top-ranked high school baseball player in Idaho last spring. He will play college baseball at Gonzaga after this summer.

July 1, 2024, 8:48pm Clark County Sports

As a recent high school graduate, Ryder Cutlip is the resident young buck on the Ridgefield Raptors. Read story

Ridgefield's Dasan Harris, left, jumps back to first base Thursday, July 27, 2024, during a game between the Raptors and the Bend Elks at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Ridgefield Raptors can’t come back from early deficit, fall 6-4 to Portland Pickles

Ridgefield's Dasan Harris, left, jumps back to first base Thursday, July 27, 2024, during a game between the Raptors and the Bend Elks at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

June 29, 2024, 11:21pm Clark County Sports

A get-right week for the Ridgefield Raptors continued with another competitive game Saturday against the Portland Pickles. Only this time, the Raptors couldn’t quite get over the hump in a 6-4 defeat, snapping a three-game winning streak. Despite out-hitting the Pickles 8-7, the Raptors came up short of… Read story

Ridgefield's Curtis Hebert (36) pitches Tuesday June 11, 2024, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Ridgefield Raptors blank Portland Pickles 4-0 for second straight shutout

Ridgefield's Curtis Hebert (36) pitches Tuesday June 11, 2024, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

June 28, 2024, 10:15pm Clark County Sports

At the most important position on the field with little room for mistakes, Ridgefield Raptors pitchers have made it look easy lately. Of course, pitching is far from a rudimentary task, as Friday’s starter Curtis Hebert will tell you. Yet by playing within themselves and not trying to… Read story

Ridgefield's Patrick Engskov (7) celebrates with Luke Iverson after Iverson scored a run Thursday, July 27, 2024, during a game between the Raptors and the Bend Elks at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

‘Hitting is contagious’ in Ridgefield Raptors’ 5-0 win over Bend Elks

Ridgefield's Patrick Engskov (7) celebrates with Luke Iverson after Iverson scored a run Thursday, July 27, 2024, during a game between the Raptors and the Bend Elks at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

June 27, 2024, 11:04pm Clark County Sports

On a rain-soaked afternoon at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, the Ridgefield Raptors went through batting practice intent on finding some consistency at the plate. Nothing was out of the ordinary about this late June afternoon aside from the weather. But as the Raptors would come to realize hours… Read story

Ridgefield Raptors stand for the national anthem at an exhibition game against the Cowlitz Black Bears, on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Raptors home field.

Ridgefield Raptors hold on for 3-2 win over Bend Elks

Ridgefield Raptors stand for the national anthem at an exhibition game against the Cowlitz Black Bears, on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Raptors home field.

June 26, 2024, 10:42pm Clark County Sports

Chalk this win up to the Ridgefield Raptors’ pitching staff. One night after giving up 10 late runs to the Bend Elks, the Raptors were in danger of suffering another letdown Wednesday when the Elks cut into their 3-0 lead in the eighth. Damian Pantoya faced a tall… Read story

Ridgefield Raptors exhibition game against the Cowlitz Black Bears, on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Raptors home field.

Ridgefield Raptors squander strong pitching in 10-4 defeat against Bend Elks

Ridgefield Raptors exhibition game against the Cowlitz Black Bears, on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Raptors home field.

June 25, 2024, 10:30pm College

Without much production at the plate to fall back on, the Ridgefield Raptors’ margin for error has often felt slim during the opening month of the 2024 season. Such was the case Tuesday when the Raptors squandered a shutdown five-inning performance from starting pitcher Dylan Stewart plus two… Read story

Ridgefield's Taylor Takata, right, celebrates with Kyle Memarian after turning a double play Tuesday June 11, 2024, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Raptors Notebook: New players mixing into lineup

Ridgefield's Taylor Takata, right, celebrates with Kyle Memarian after turning a double play Tuesday June 11, 2024, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

June 17, 2024, 6:05pm Clark County Sports

Three weeks into the 2024 season, Ridgefield Raptors coaches and front office staff are still in the process of evaluating players to determine their fit and role within the team. Read story

Ridgefield's Dasan Harris, right, steals second base from Yakima Valley's Gavin Brubaker Tuesday, June 11, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Cumulative mistakes cost Ridgefield Raptors in 10-4 loss to Yakima Valley Pippins

Ridgefield's Dasan Harris, right, steals second base from Yakima Valley's Gavin Brubaker Tuesday, June 11, during the Raptors’ 10-0 win against Yakima Valley Pippins at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

June 12, 2024, 10:21pm Clark County Sports

The totality of five errors, uneven pitching and a quiet offense in the back half of Wednesday’s game was too much for the Ridgefield Raptors to overcome. Ridgefield head coach Chris Cota was concise in describing the 10-4 defeat to the Yakima Valley Pippins at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation… Read story