YAKIMA, Wash. — It’s still chilly in Central Washington, but a former Yakima Valley Pippins pitcher has been heating things up in California so far this spring.
Taylor Dollard (Pippins 2017) struck out 12 against just one walk in seven innings against BYU on Friday. The Cal Poly righthander scattered four hits and two earned runs in the outing, in which he did not receive a decision. BYU snapped a 2-2 tie in the eighth and went on to a 6-2 win. So far this season, Dollard has struck out 22 and walked three in 14 innings, and has a 1.29 ERA.
Dylan Barkley (Pippins 2019) picked up his first victory of 2020 against Colorado School of Mines on Sunday with a seven-inning effort in which he struck out seven and walked one. He allowed three earned runs and two home runs in that game. In three appearances this spring, he has struck out 19 and walked five in 15 innings pitched. He also earned a save with a three-inning appearance on Jan. 31 against Point Loma.
Stephen Lund (Pippins 2020) had a big series for Gonzaga, though the Bulldogs dropped three games at Arkansas. The incoming Pippins catcher from Verona, Wisconsin, went 5-for-11 (.454) on the weekend, including a 3-for-4 effort in last Thursday’s game.