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HarbourCats rally late, beat Ridgefield Raptors to avoid three-game sweep

Victoria scores five in the seventh inning of an 8-7 win

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

The Victoria HarbourCats scored twice in the top of the ninth and fended off a rally in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Ridgefield Raptors 8-7 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep.

Victoria took an 8-6 in the top of the ninth on an RBI triple by Colton Moore and a run-scoring single by Jake Skipworth.

Austin Caviness led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run, but Victoria’s Flynn Ridley retired the next three Raptors to secure the victory.

The Raptors appeared on their way to victory after building a 5-1 lead through five innings. Isaac Lovings had an RBI double in the third and a solo home run in the fifth.

But the HarbourCats rallied to take the lead with a five-run seventh, aided by a Raptors error, two walks and hit batsman.

Ridgefield tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the eight when Travis Welker’s sacrifice fly scored Doyle Kane.

The Raptors (12-8) resume their homestand Tuesday when they host the Portland Pickles in the opener of a three-game series at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Center.