After extensive community feedback from Southwest Washington, including a “name the team contest”, the newest West Coast League (WCL) franchise in S.W. Washington will commence play in June 2019 as the Ridgefield Raptors. As previously announced, Chris Cota from College of the Canyons will lead the team as the inaugural manager. The unveiling of the Ridgefield Raptors was made at the “Experience Ridgefield” event at the Ridgefield Recreation Outdoor Complex Grand Opening on September 8th, 2018.
“We are excited to introduce our team name and logo to the community” said Raptors General Manager Gus Farah. “It has been a pleasure to work with the community to develop these important first steps, and I look forward to continuing these efforts as we work together to build a winning tradition that SW Washington can be proud of.”
The Raptors brand features inspirational attitude and vibrant colors Maroon, Silver and Black with a progressive modern baseball look. The Raptor represents the heritage of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and the birds of prey that can be seen there. “We look forward to integrating this brand throughout the entire fan and community experience at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex and S.W. Washington” Farah said.
Tickets will be on sale soon for the 2019 season, including full-season and partial-season packages, as well as select team merchandise. Fans are invited to the team's website at www.ridgfieldraptors.com where they can sign up to receive more information. Ticket orders will be taken starting in October 2018.