Our Team will be the Ridgefield Raptors

Southwest Washington’s newest sports team was unveiled Saturday as part of Experience Ridgefield, a large community event at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. That’s where the Raptors will begin playing next summer as part of the West Coast League, a collegiate wood bat baseball league.

The WCL, which now has 12 teams in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, announced in June it would expand to Ridgefield.

Last month, team officials launched a “name the team” contest on its website. General Manager Gus Farah said more than 500 ideas were submitted. Many related to two of Ridgefield’s most popular features, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the high school’s unique mascot, the Spudders.

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