Alma Mater: Washington State University
Hometown: Yakima, WA
Experience: 7 Years
Jeff Garretson joined the Pippins front office at the end of the 2015 season. Prior to that, Garretson worked at the Yakima Herald-Republic for 25 years, starting in the Sports Department. He moved to the News Department in the early 1990s, and became News Editor in 2008.
The Garretson name has been synonymous with baseball in Yakima for decades. Bob Garretson Sr., Jeff’s grandfather, played first base for the original Yakima Pippins professional team in 1937, as well as being one of the core members of Yakima Youth Baseball organization in the 1960s and 1970s, including as a coach.
Bob Garretson Jr., Jeff’s father, coached the Yakima Beetles from 1974-1988 and also coached at Yakima Valley College as an assistant coach and head coach. His Beetles teams won the American Legion National Championship in 1975 and 1979, and he took two other Beetles teams to the national tournament in 1976 and 1988.
Since joining the Pippins, Jeff Garretson’s main roles include integrating the Pippins into the greater Yakima Valley community through sponsorships, ticket sales, and improving customer service at Yakima County Stadium. Always a top priority is improving the experiential value the Pippins provide on game nights, and working to create a family-friendly, safe gathering place at “The Orchard.”
Garretson attended Eisenhower High School and Yakima Valley College, in addition to Washington State University. He represents Pacific Baseball Ventures, which owns the Yakima Valley Pippins and the Walla Walla Sweets, on the West Coast League board of directors, and also is a board member of the Parker Youth and Sports Foundation in Yakima.
Director of Tickets and Operations
Alma Mater: Central Washington University
Experience: Second Year
Casey Hillyard returns for his second year with the Pippins in 2023 after graduating in 2021 from Central Washington University, where he majored in sports management. He served as the vice president of the Sport Management Association at CWU and was a marketing and promotions intern there for more than two years.
In summer 2021, Hillyard worked an internship with the Walla Walla Sweets, the sibling team of the Pippins, where he worked in ticketing, food and beverage, and stadium operations.
Hillyard oversees group ticketing sales and service with the Pippins, while also assisting in fan experience and stadium operations. In 2023, he’ll also oversee and coordinate food and beverage options at Yakima County Stadium, as well as hiring game-day staff and overseeing Pippins interns.
Alma Mater: Full Sail University
Hometown: Lumberton, NJ
Experience: First Year
A graduate of Rowan College in Burlington County with a communications degree and the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting at Full Sail University, Logan Peter has been calling sports for five years.
Peter has a passion for almost all professional sports, but the baseball diamond has always been home to him. The 22-year-old started his career calling high school sports in South Jersey before moving to Orlando in late 2020. At the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting, he was a part of the play-by-play voices of the Rollins College Tars, calling more than 40 games for the college, including men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, la crosse, and, of course, baseball and softball. Following the Tars season, Peter was selected from a field to be the first broadcaster ever at the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting to make his television debut while still in school. He then made that TV debut on WEFS TV in Orlando, calling a marquee baseball game for Eastern Florida State University.
Before graduating, Peter earned a trial run with the former Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Trenton Thunder. He was the voice of the Thunder for four days before returning to Orlando to finish out his degree. After graduation, the DP School graduate had multiple offers to voice games. He ultimately turned down those offers to become the next Broadcast/Media Relations Coordinator for the Pippins.