Ridgefield Raptors call off 2020 baseball season


Clark County’s West Coast League team makes ‘very difficult’ decision

RIDGEFIELD — The Ridgefield Raptors are heartbroken, according to Gus Farah, the team’s general manager.

After preparing for a season, after hoping to bring some sort of relief to Clark County fans, the Raptors announced Friday morning that there would be no baseball in Ridgefield this summer.

There will be no joy in Ridgefield this summer. Or, at least no baseball. The Ridgefield Raptors announced Friday that they are cancelling the 2020 season. The government’s response to the pandemic left the team with no option but to look ahead to 2021. Photo by Mike Schultz
There will be no joy in Ridgefield this summer. Or, at least no baseball. The Ridgefield Raptors announced Friday that they are cancelling the 2020 season. The government’s response to the pandemic left the team with no option but to look ahead to 2021. Photo by Mike Schultz

The plan is for the West Coast League team that plays its home games at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex to return in June of 2021

“We love the roster we had, which included 10 local kids,” Farah said. “It was going to be a special summer. We were going to be able to keep a lot of kids at home and play in front of their neighbors and family.

“Our approach will be the same next year, to try to find local kids who can produce amazing baseball in Southwest Washington.”

Until then, Farah said, “We’re going to miss our fans.” 

Gus Farah, the general manager for the Ridgefield Raptors, said it was a heartbreaking decision to call off the 2020 season. Photo by Mike Schultz
Gus Farah, the general manager for the Ridgefield Raptors, said it was a heartbreaking decision to call off the 2020 season. Photo by Mike Schultz

A recent concentration of positive tests for COVID-19 in Clark County led to the decision, the Raptors said in a release posted on the team’s social media sites. 

The Raptors were hoping Clark County would have moved into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan by the end of May in hopes of playing a condensed schedule later in the summer. That did not happen, and now the time obstacle was too much to overcome.

“We just aren’t comfortable with the hurdles that are left in front of us,” Farah said, noting safety must come first.

“After much deliberation, and careful analysis of the facts available, it is with heavy hearts that the Ridgefield Raptors staff is announcing the cancellation of our 2020 season,” the Raptors said in the release.

Fans cheer the final out of the 2019 Ridgefield Raptors baseball season last August. That will be the final play until the 2021 campaign. The Raptors cancelled this summer’s season. Photo by Mike Schultz
Fans cheer the final out of the 2019 Ridgefield Raptors baseball season last August. That will be the final play until the 2021 campaign. The Raptors cancelled this summer’s season. Photo by Mike Schultz

Farah is saddened by the development.

“I want to reiterate, this is a very, very difficult decision. It feels personal because of our commitment to the community.”

For weeks, for months even, Farah has said that if at all possible, the Raptors would field a team. The Raptors wanted to bring entertainment, and a bit of relief, to those in the community who have endured so much during the pandemic. 

“We thank all of Raptor Nation including our players, supporters, sponsors, host families, and local leaders who have been a source of encouragement for us every step of the way.”

About The Author

Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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