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Raptors Road Trip: Ridgefield 8, Bend 6

Strong start by Rons helps Raptors get back on winning track

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor
Published: July 19, 2022, 9:48pm

After a five-game win streak was snapped on Sunday, the Ridgefield Raptors got back in the win column by holding off the Bend Elks on Tuesday in Central Oregon. Ridgefield led 8-1 in the seventh inning before Bend rallied.

KEY MOMENTS: Trent Prokes followed up Mikey Kane’s RBI single with an RBI double, giving the Raptors a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. … Safea Mauai’s two-RBI triple punctuated a five-run seventh inning for Ridgefield. Andy Evans escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh after Bend had scored four runs to pull within 8-5.

KEY PLAYERS: Ridgefield starter Cooper Rons allowed just one hit over shutout five innings, striking out six and walking three. …  Raptors infielder Travis Welker went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, raising his average to .324.

NEXT GAME: Ridgefield (23-13) at Bend (22-18), 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. (Radio: FM 99.9)