Three Stars: Dunn Blasts Grand Slam, Has Big Weekend for Yaks

YAKIMA, Wash. — Hank Dunn, Yakima Valley’s sophomore centerfielder, capped a big weekend for the Yaks with a grand slam Sunday at Parker-Faller Field.

Dunn, who will play for the Pippins this summer, hit his grand slam — also his first homer of the year — in the eighth inning of the Yaks’ 11-6 loss to Linn-Benton. YVC went 2-2 this weekend, splitting doubleheaders with Linn-Benton and Everett.

A day earlier, Dunn went 5-for-5 with two doubles and a triple against Everett. In three games this weekend, Dunn finished 8-for-12 with three runs scored, six RBI and three walks.

Former Pippin Trystan Vrieling (Pippins ’19) had another stellar outing Sunday, striking out nine, walking one and scattering three hits in eight shutout innings against Long Beach State. However, the Dirtbags came away with a 1-0 win with a walkoff single in the ninth. Connor Coballes (Pippins ’21, ’22) was 2-for-3 in the game.

Chaz Myers (Pippins ’21) went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Sunday for the Pacific Tigers in their 1907 win against CSU Bakersfield. The 5-10 sophomore, who bats leadoff for the Tigers, is hitting .327 in 15 games this spring, with six doubles, eight walks, seven hit-by-pitches and a team-leading 14 runs scored.

By Yakima Valley Pippins

March 14, 2022