Pippins’ Comeback Falls Short Against Victoria

After a game in which the defense was impeccable, the Yakima Valley Pippins committed a whopping seven errors on Saturday, falling 14-11 to Victoria despite a furious ninth-inning rally.

The HarbourCats, who evened the series against the Pippins at a game apiece with the rubber game at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, scored six runs in the first three innings and added three more in the fifth to take a 9-1 lead. They added runs in the sixth and seventh, then capped their scoring with three more in the eighth.

Trailing 14-5 in the ninth, the Pippins scored six times — the big blow a grand slam by Zack Blaszak with two outs. Yakima Valley used a walk, a single and an infield error to get two more runners in scoring position and the tying run at the plate, but a fly out to left field ended the game.

Maxim Fullerton and Owen Egan each finished 2-for-4 for the Pippins. Fullerton hit his first homer of the year, a leadoff shot in the second on a 3-2 count.

Back-to-back Pippin errors with one out in the fifth led to three unearned runs for Victoria.

In all, 17 of the game’s 25 runs were earned.

Pippins batters drew 13 walks in the game and also were plunked three times. Chris Clement walked four times for the Pippins.

By Logan Peter

July 9, 2023