YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima Valley Pippins offense showed out on Tuesday night in Yakima, as the Pippins took down the visiting showcase team from the Cascade Collegiate League, 11-9, at Yakima County Stadium.
The Pippins, in their first non-league game since the season-opening exhibition against the Seattle Studs, struck for 11 runs on 8 hits, beginning with a 3-run first inning. The offense didn’t slow down from there, adding on runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings in a game in which the Pippins trailed just once.
In the top of the 4th inning, the Cascade League team brought home three runs on consecutive singles off of Pippins starter Bo Henderson to take a one-run lead. But the Pippins quickly responded with one of their biggest innings of the summer, a 5-run bottom of the fourth inning capped off by a 2-run single from Tanner Parker to give the Pippins the lead back.
Henderson, who allowed 6 earned runs in 5 innings of work, earned the win, while A.J. Wood, who pitched 4 innings of relief and allowed 2 runs, both unearned, earned the multi-inning save. Parker, who had three hits, and Nick Israel, who also had three hits, led the way on offense for the Pippins.
The Pippins continue their stretch of non-league games on Wednesday when they open up a 2-game series against the Northwest Honkers. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM. Miles Klotz will have coverage at pippinsbaseball.com/live.