Pippins’ Bats Deliver a Beatdown in Bend
The Yakima Valley Pippins struck swiftly in their first meeting with the Bend Elks, putting three runs on the scoreboard in the first two innings en route to a 15-7 win on the road Thursday night.
Yakima's Reed Martinez got a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Justin Jacobs followed up with a two-run single and Shawn Wardian extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games.
In the second, another home run by Alex Guenette made it 4-0 Pippins.
The Pippins shifted into overdrive in the fourth, adding seven more runs and piling up an 11-0 lead.
The Elks answered with six runs in their half of the fourth, and the two teams traded runs in the fifth. In the sixth, Vince Fernandez hit a two-run homer and Ryan Yamane get an RBI on a sacrifice fly to complete the Pippins' scoring.
Bend got their final three runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Thursday's win gives the Pippins -- who are 18-10 in West Coast League play -- a four-game win streak as they go for their seventh series win. They play a second game with the Elks tonight at 6:35. Pregame coverage begins at 6:25 on 1460 ESPN Yakima.