However, he played sparingly in the next two weeks to get healthy, then returned to the lineup in Wednesday’s win over Corvallis and went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
“I got that (Father’s Day game) out of the way and was like, ‘Let me take a couple weeks off, get this settled,’ and I came back out here and I’m 100 percent now,” Mauai said Wednesday.
Even with a nearly two-week absence, Mauai is still tied for second on the team with 20 RBI and is hitting .314 in 13 games.
Top returners: Doyle Kane and Mikey Kane
The brothers who played for College of the Canyons under Chris Cota, the head coach, made a quick impression upon arriving in Ridgefield late in the 2021 season. They’ve picked up right where they left off.
Doyle Kane, who plays primarily first base and outfield, has the third best batting average in the WCL (.370) and second best on the Raptors behind Trent Prokes (.380).
Mikey Kane, a shortstop, is hitting .301 with 20 RBI, two home runs and nine doubles, which leads the WCL.
Other returners include Will Chambers (Utah Tech), who was last year’s home run leader in the WCL, and Lovings, in his third season with the Raptors.
Questions for the second half
Who, if anyone, will dethrone the Corvallis Knights?
Though Ridgefield broke through this week with a series win over Corvallis, the Knights have been at or near the top of the WCL standings throughout the first half.
It hardly comes as a surprise for the five-time defending WCL champions, who earned their most recent title over Yakima Valley in 2021.
Ridgefield, meanwhile, is well-positioned to make a run at the playoffs along with fellow South teams like the Portland Pickles and Bend Elks.
In the North, the Bellingham Bells have jumped out to a league-best 19-6 record.
Can Ridgefield sustain its recent pitching success?
That was one of the most pressing questions facing the Raptors coming into the season.
The team has improved to the fifth-best combined ERA in the league (4.31), and has already earned three shutout wins this season.
They have several quality starters including UC Santa Barbara’s Cooper Rons (0.64 ERA), Utah Tech’s Ben Hart (team high 26 strikeouts) and relievers like Jacob Kokeny (San Diego Christian) and Jeter Schuerman (Spokane Falls), who’s earned three saves in seven appearances.
Cota has given a lot of credit to pitching coach Tyler Raskin, who the head coach said is “really bearing down on them a little bit, and I think they’re getting better every time out.”