Yakima, Wa. — In the longest game of the 2019 season for the Pippins, Eddy Pelc sends the fans home happy in the final game of the season with a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 15th inning.
The game ends the season on a high note for the Pippins. With the win the Pippins end the second half 10-18, the season overall at 21-33, and they also capture their first series win since the middle of July.
The Pippins opened the scoring in the game with a bases loaded walk in the first to score Tanner Parker. The Sweets responded with a run of their own in the top of the second with a sacrifice bunt from Zac Berryman, scoring Carson Green and making it 1-1.
The Pippins scored two in the bottom of the fourth with a two-RBI double from Aidan Welch. The Sweets again responded with a run, in the top of the fifth. An RBI single from Justin Folz scored Emanuel Dean to make it 3-2 Pippins.
The Sweets tied the game in the top of the ninth off a sacrifice fly from Folz to score Patrick Caulfield, making it 3-3.
Pippins’ reliever Nick Brown came in to pitch and went seven innings tonight, the longest outing of the season for him by a wide margin (previously 2 1/3 innings). Brown kept the Sweets off the board in the 10th-15th inning.
In the bottom of the 15th, Pippins’ left fielder Christian Padilla reached on a walk, Brady Hormel reached on a hit-by-pitch, then Eddy Pelc hit a no-doubter out to right field to begin the fireworks before postgame even began.
With the home run Pelc fittingly ends the season at the Orchard. A player on the team from the beginning parts of the season closes the season out for his teammates, coaches, and fans here in Yakima. With the win the Pippins season comes to a close for 2019. Their final record is 21-33 and they finish fifth overall in the north division of the West Coast League.