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McGarry joins Raptors for summer baseball

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Columbia River High grad and Oregon State redshirt junior Alex McGarry has been added to the Ridgefield Raptors roster for the 2020 West Coast League season.

Raptors manager Chris Cota made the announcement Thursday.

McGarry brings a power hitting left-handed bat and he plays both first base and outfield.

In the abbreviated 2020 college season, he had six doubles and three home runs in 14 games.

In 2019, McGarry was named first team All Pac-12 after batting .293 with five doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBI in 49 games.

“One of the most beautiful things about the West Coast League is that on any given night, you are looking at a couple of players who, in a few short years, will be on a Major League Baseball team,” Cota said in a press release. “Alex has as good a shot as anyone to achieve that dream.”

McGarry was The Columbian’s All-Region baseball player of the year in 2016, and having local talent like is something Cota appreciates.

“Our goal as a staff is always to help every player that wears a Raptor uniform get all the things they need while they are with us to inch closer to being as good as they can be,” Cota said. “It’s icing on the cake for us to have a player of Alex’s caliber that also happens to be from our backyard. I’ve got a feeling he’s going to make plenty of fans happy this summer by sending souvenir home run balls onto our right field berm.”

The Raptors and the West Coast League have yet to decide if the 2020 season will happen due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bellingham Bells canceled their season last week, leaving the league with 11 teams for the summer.

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