Raptors hang tough in 4-3 loss in franchise opener

first_img “It’s cool to be back here for the summer,” he said. “Being familiar with the area, it’s cool to see what Ridgefield is doing and the baseball atmosphere that’s coming around.”Dominic Enbody tied the game 3-3 in the sixth with the first home run in Raptors history. The lefty hit a high drive that carried onto the berm over the right field fence, a tempting target in the hitter-friendly park that’s 310 feet down the line.“A lot of guys are just trying to put good swings on ball and let the park do its thing,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a lot of fun this summer.”Yakima Valley scored the winning run on Daniel Cipriano’s RBI double in the eighth inning. @col_mrice (360) 735-4548 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Ridgefield’s Cameron Repetti catches his breath at first base after being tagged in a pickle during a game against Yakima at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Center on Tuesday night, June 4, 2019. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Photo Gallery By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor Published: June 4, 2019, 10:20pm GO Nine – The number of Yakima Valley runners stranded by Ridgefield pitchers. That included leaving the bases loaded in the eighth and two runners on in the first.YAKIMA VALLEY 4, RIDGEFIELD 3Yakima 000 030 010 – 4 9 1Ridgefield 001 011 000 – 3 8 1Yakima ValleyPitching – Dylan Barkley 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 K, 0 BB; Mark Woinarowicz 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB, W; Joe Magrisi 1 IP, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, S. Offensive highlights – Tyler Pittman 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI; Zack Lew 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI; Daniel Cipriano 2-4, 2B, 1 RBI; Scott Youngbrandt 1-3, 2B; SB; Riley Gill 1-4; Tommy Davis 1-4, R.RidgefieldPitching – Michael Spellacy 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 8 K, 2 BB; Spencer Andersen 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, L; Ethan Clough 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB. Offensive highlights – Jonny Weaver 1-4, SB; Dominic Enbody 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR; Cameron Repetti 2-4, 1 R; Michael Yourg 1-4; Grayson Sterling 2-4, 1 R, SB; Wyatt Hoffman 1-3, 1 RBI. 8 Photos Share: micah.rice@columbian.com Three Key MomentsDouble thievery – The first run in Raptors franchise history came on a double steal in the bottom of the third. Jonny Weaver stole second as Grayson Sterling broke toward home to score from third, giving Ridgefield a 1-0 lead. Sterling had previously collected the first hit in Raptors history, a one-out single to left-center.Sour fifth inning – The Pippins finally got to Spellacy, who entered in the fifth having retired 11 of the previous 12 hitters he faced. With runners on first and second, Yakima Valley tied the game 1-1 on a single by Tommy Davis. An RBI groundout and an RBI ground-rule double by Zack Lew gave the Pippins a 3-1 lead.Game winner – Daniel Cipriano drove in the game-winning run with a double in the eighth inning and the Pippins put two runners on with no out. He won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Triple Crown at Montana State-Billings this spring.Three Key PlayersDominic Enbody – The junior-to-be, who led Concordia with a .367 average this spring, hit the first home run in Raptors history. His solo shot with two out in the sixth carried over the right field fence and tied the game 3-3.center_img Tags RIDGEFIELD – A first game didn’t result in a first win, but the Ridgefield Raptors still received a hearty ovation.A crowd of about 2,200 saluted the Raptors after the franchise’s first game Tuesday, a 4-3 loss to Yakima Valley at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.“It was nice to see how Ridgefield came out tonight,” said starting pitcher Michael Spellacy. “Being in the West Coast League two years already, this being my third, this was probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen.”Spellacy threw six solid innings, striking out eight and walking two. The Gonzaga junior-to-be played two years at Battle Ground High until moving to Puyallup. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Gallery: Ridgefield Raptors Inaugural Game Photo Gallery 29 Photos Video Raptors hang tough in 4-3 loss in franchise opener Yakima Valley scores winning run in eighth on night of firsts for Ridgefield Micah Rice Columbian Sports Editor Share: Michael Spellacy – The Gonzaga junior-to-be pitched six solid innings as the first starting pitcher in Raptors history. Spellacy struck out eight, walked none and allowed five hits.Grayson Sterling – The Gonzaga sophomore-to-be had the first hit and first run in Raptors history. He finished the night 2 for 4.Three Key NumbersTwo – The number of strikeouts recorded by Spencer Andersen, who came on in relief of Spellacy. Andersen recently finished his senior season for Ridgefield High and will play next year for Lower Columbia College. He retired the side in order in the seventh.Zero – Yakima Valley pitchers showed excellent control, allowing zero walks on Friday. Because of that, Ridgefield only had eight baserunners all game.last_img read more

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UN mum as US renews concerns

The United Nations (UN) remained silent when asked about the appointment of new Chief Justice Mohan Peiris yesterday while the US State Department, for a second day running, reiterated its concerns on Sri Lanka.Asked about the appointment of the new Chief Justice, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York that the UN was aware of the developments but had no comment as yet. “We had made clear throughout this impeachment that we were concerned about what it said about the democratic process that we were, concerned about the perception of reprisals against somebody for independent thinking and action. So those concerns remain with regard to the quality of Sri Lankan democracy,” she told reporters yesterday.On Monday Nuland had warned that the impeachment of the former Chief Justice may impact foreign investments to Sri Lanka. “No, we don’t have any comment at this time.  We are obviously aware of the media reports, and if that changes and we have something to say, I’ll certainly let you know,” Nesirky said in response to a question posed by Inner City Press. Meanwhile US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the US is concerned about the perception of reprisals against somebody for independent thinking and action. Asked yesterday on the same issue during the daily State Department briefing, Nuland said “As I said yesterday, that this entire issue also serves to undermine the international reputation of Sri Lanka as it pertains to investment decisions that foreign companies might make, so there is usually a cost to this kind of thing in terms of their ability to attract foreign investment,” she said.Asked if it will have an impact on US investments to Sri Lanka, Nuland said she was not aware of that and had to check on the current US assistance situation with Sri Lanka.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sri Lanka backs readmission of the Maldives to the Commonwealth

These issues adversely affect economic and social development and impact their ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Group should act as a collective voice to call for greater international assistance and support for vulnerable and marginalized states, particularly for financing and capacity building.Additionally, in a statement at the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, where Sri Lanka is a co-prime mover of the pillar on “Science, Technology and Innovation”, Foreign Secretary Aryasinha noted the great potential in the ACD Region in the field of tourism which could play a crucial role in sustainable social, cultural and economic growth.The ACD taking centre stage in enhancing economic competitiveness in the region enables Asian countries to compete in the global market on an equal footing. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, speaking at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting, said that as a close neighbor and a fellow South Asian nation, Sri Lanka enjoys strong bilateral ties with the Maldives, and it is gratifying that one of the primary initiatives embarked upon by the new Maldivian administration last year was to convey its intention to re-join the Commonwealth. Sri Lanka has welcomed a  proposal for the readmission of the Maldives to the Commonwealth family reiterating that Sri Lanka fully supports the fast track procedure previously applied in the readmission of Gambia, to allow the Maldives to participate fully at CHOGM 2020 in Rwanda.Sri Lanka made the observation at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting held in New York on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, chaired by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations. The Foreign Secretary noted that particularly given that the Commonwealth Secretariat had carried out a comprehensive assessment mission in the Maldives in January 2019 resulting in a positive outcome; any perceived obstacles to its re-entry should be seen as mere imperfections that afflict all countries from time to time. He urged that additional hurdles not be placed in their way, which would serve as a disincentive.Foreign Secretary also attended the Group 77 (G77) Foreign Ministers Meeting held on Friday, 27th September 2019 in New York. It was noted that the G77 is uniquely positioned to call for global action to address the diverse needs of countries in special situations such as Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. read more

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