Bats Stay Hot in 11-2 Win at Kelowna
KELOWNA, BC – Different opponent. Same result. The Yakima Valley Pippins went into Kelowna and put up another impressive offensive outing, knocking off the Falcons, 11-2, in the series opener.
Fresh off a franchise-best 16 runs vs Klamath Falls on Sunday, the Pippins (4-0) put up five in the top of the 2nd against Kelowna (2-2) starter Alex Webb, who struck out 8 batters in four innings. Mitch Skaggs started the scoring with a solo home run to left, the team’s first long ball of the season. Reigning West Coast League player of the week Jace Van De Brake brought home the final two runs of the inning with a single to left. Van De Brake finished 3-5 with a walk and 3 RBI in the win.
The Falcons put up a run in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, but the Pippins added one in the 4th to make it 6-2. Yakima Valley used a two-out rally in the 8th to bring in four more runs, keyed by two singles and four consecutive walks.
Amidst all the offense, Pippins starter Jens Jensen was effective in his 5 2/3 innings of work. The Yakima-native allowed 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), while issuing 3 walks and 4 strikeouts to pick up the win. Alhanon Miller and Jordon Gonzalez combined to work the final 3 1/3 innings to close out the victory.
The win moves the Pippins to 4-0 on the season, keeping them the only undefeated team in the WCL. Game two of the series will begin at 6:35 pm on Wednesday from Elks Stadium, as the Pippins look to clinch a second straight series to start the season.