YAKIMA, Wash. — As the extreme heat wave continues throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Yakima Valley Pippins on Saturday proactively made changes to next week’s events at Yakima County Stadium.
The Pippins’ three-game West Coast League North Division home series with the Port Angeles Lefties, slated Tuesday through Thursday, will have start times on Tuesday and Wednesday of 7:35 p.m., an hour later than the original start time. Thursday’s game, Celebrate America Night presented by Banner Bank, will maintain it’s 7:05 p.m. start time. The Thursday game features postgame fireworks and souvenir July 4 hats to the first 1,000 fans.
The Pippins also have moved their first summer camp for youth, a two-day camp slated to start Tuesday, back to July 27-28. All registrations have been rolled to the new dates, Pippins general manager Jeff Garretson said.
“We want to make sure fans, campers, players and staff are safe as possible during this heat, and moving start times back and delay a camp are prudent things to do,” Garretson said. “Moving the start time of this weekend’s game back 30 minutes on Friday helped tremendously. Every minute we can get the sun lower in the sky helps the temperature drop.”
Garretson added game times will continue to be evaluated as the heat wave continues.
Tuesday’s game against Port Angeles is Toyota Tuesday, and the first 50 youth receive a free baseball. The first 100 youth receive a coupon for a free hot dog as well, courtesy of Toyota.
Wednesday is Bingo Night, presented by St. Joe’s Bingo in Union Gap. The first 200 fans receive a free bingo card with the chance to win a St. Joe’s Bingo-Pippins prize pack, and the possibility of winning 2022 season tickets.