03/15/2017 12:35 PM
Former Pippin joins 2017 coaching staff
YAKIMA, Wash. – Beau Kerns, a member of the inaugural Yakima Valley Pippins team in 2014, will return to the squad this summer as the newest member of the coaching staff.
Kerns, a Lewiston, Idaho, native, joins manager Marcus McKimmy’s staff as pitching coach, succeeding former Major Leaguer Bob Wells, who held the position for three years. Wells is stepping aside because of increased responsibilities at his full-time job.
“I am thrilled to get Beau back in a Pippins uniform,” McKimmy said. “He has an incredible baseball mind and is an excellent teacher for such a young college coach. Beau is extremely motivated to teach at the highest levels of college baseball, and that will infect our players who aspire to reach the same goals.”
Rounding out the Pippins staff this summer are returning coaches Jaime Cortes and Eric Hull.
“I’m extremely grateful and honored to be back in the Pippins family,” Kerns said. “I’m excited to be working alongside Coach McKimmy and his staff.”
Kerns started his college career at Wenatchee Valley College, where he is now the pitching coach. Kerns was 17-1 with an ERA of 2.79 in two seasons with the Knights. He then transferred to Lewis-Clark State, where he was the team’s ace in 2015, finishing 12-1 with a 2.70 ERA as the Warriors won their 17th national title. He pitched 96.2 innings in 17 appearances, including three complete games. In the NAIA World Series that year, he won two games and earned two saves while pitching a tournament-high 15.1 innings, garnering him World Series MVP honors.
Before joining the Pippins as a pitcher, he pitched for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox for two summers. For the Pippins, Kerns was 2-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 41.1 innings in the team’s inaugural season.
“It’s a tall task to replace Bobby Wells, with all the knowledge and experience he has had in baseball, and Beau understands that,” McKimmy said. “As a former player, Beau will take pride to continue the standard Bob set for our pitching staff. Beau is a great fit in the Pippins family. I can’t wait for him to get to work with our 2017 club.”
The Pippins will host Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday, June 2, in the 2017 season opener, presented by Legends Casino and Hotel. On July 18, the Pippins will host the West Coast League All-Star Game, which will showcase the top talent from the summer league’s 11 teams in the Northwest. Season tickets and ticket mini plans – which include tickets to the All-Star Game -- are available for purchase at Hunky Shaw’s Team Shop, 12 S. Second St. in the historic Larson Building in downtown Yakima. Ticket packages also can be purchased by calling 509-575-4487 or online at pippinsbaseball.com.