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Raptors routed out of playoffs by Knights

The Columbian
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The Ridgefield Raptors’ first trip to the West Coast League ended abruptly on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.

The Corvallis Knights scored eight runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 9-0 win Sunday, sweeping the best-of-3 series with the Raptors in the West Coast League South Division playoffs.

The Raptors went 26-22 in the regular season and clinched their first playoff appearance on the final day of the season.

But they still couldn’t solve the Knights, going 0-8 this season against Corvallis.

Corvallis will advance to the West Coast League championship against either Bellingham or Yakima Valley.

The Knights struck first with two runs in the first inning on Tanner Smith’s two-run double.

Briley Knight’s two-run single and Kiko Romero’s RBI double were the big hits in a four-run second inning for the Knights.

For the second consecutive night, the Raptors found themselves in a big hole early against the Knights. In Saturday’s series opener in Ridgefield, Corvallis took a 7-0 lead after a seven-run third inning.

Corvallis pitching also kept Ridgefield bats quiet as six Knights pitchers combined to limit the Raptors to three hits — singles by Mikey Kane, Isaac Lovings and Will Chambers.

Tanner Jacques, Brooks Dyer and Quadrese Teague added walks for the Raptors.

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