YAKIMA, Wash. — As double-digit heat continues to plague the Pacific Northwest, the Yakima Valley Pippins again are delaying the start to Wednesday’s West Coast League game against the Port Angeles Lefties.
Originally slated for 6:35 p.m. and then delayed to 7:35, the new start time will be 8:55 p.m. — just at sunset, Pippins general manager Jeff Garretson said.
“Based on what we’ve learned even today (Tuesday) while we were preparing for the game, the prudent thing to do for the safety of players, coaches, umpires, fans and staff is to push back even from today’s later start,” Garretson said.
Wednesday also marks Washington state’s official reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides in the state, which means Yakima County Stadium can go back to full capacity seating without the social-distancing measures that have been in place since the June 4 season opener.
To that end, Garretson said the Pippins will offer a 2-for-1 Stadium Select ticket deal at the box office Wednesday night. Normally at $12 per seat, the Pippins will offer two seats for the price of one for Wednesday’s game. It’s also St. Joe’s Bingo Night, and the first 200 fans will receive a free bingo card with the chance to win prizes and possibly 2022 season tickets.
Thursday is Celebrate America Night, presented by Banner Bank, with a souvenir hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. Gates open at 6 p.m., with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Garretson said that time may slide a bit later, but a decision on that won’t be made until Wednesday evening.