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Raptors beat Springfield 8-1 to take three-game series

Second win in a row for Ridgefield after losing four straight games

By , Columbian sports staff

RIDGEFIELD — Heading into the final week of the West Coast League regular season, the Ridgefield Raptors seem back on track.

Following a four-game losing skid, the Raptors won the last two games of a three-game series against the Springfield Drifters, winning 8-1 on Sunday at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Brock Gillis (2-0) struck out seven batters over five innings with one walk and four hits of shut out ball for the Raptors.

The righty from the University of Portland now has a 0.69 ERA over the 13 innings he’s thrown for Ridgefield.

Pilots teammate Henry Muench had his best game with the Raptors so far, going 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. It was his two-run double in the fourth inning that put Ridgefield on top 4-0.

The Raptors would score two more runs in the fourth, one on a passed ball and the other on Jackson Nicklaus’ hit for a 6-0 advantage.

Jake Tsukada, adding to the Pilots theme, was 2 for 4 with a run-scoring double and two runs scored.

Nick Holm and Julian Nunez each drove in a run for Ridgefield (31-17).

Heritage High alum Brady Culp prevented the shutout for Springfield (20-27) with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Ridgefield heads into the final week of the regular season with a three-game homestand against Walla Walla beginning Tuesday, and then plays a three- game series at Corvallis starting Friday before the WCL playoffs.

BOXSCORE: Raptors 8, Drifters 1

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