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Pippins Deliver Postseason Breakthrough in Year Four
YAKIMA, Wash. – The fourth season of Yakima Valley Pippins West Coast League baseball ends with something the previous three could not produce: a postseason victory. Their 9-3 game one win over the Corvallis Knights in the 2017 WCL South Divisional Playoffs was their first postseason victory i…
Pippins Clinch Playoff Berth Despite Loss to Corvallis
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Yakima Valley Pippins may have been outscored, outhit, and outplayed by the Corvallis Knights in their regular season finale on Sunday night, but there was a silver lining to the result. Using their overall record as the key tiebreaker, the Pippins were able to overcome a 7-3 l…
Ninth Inning Rally Propels Pippins to Critical Road Victory
CORVALLIS, Ore. – With the Yakima Valley Pippins trailing the Corvallis Knights 4-3 with two runners on base and two outs in top of the ninth inning on Saturday night, Steve Sordahl stepped to the plate. Sordahl, who had entered the at-bat just two for his last 20, and who had seen his average…
Pippins Pitch Past Cowlitz Again for Fifth Straight Win
LONGVIEW, Wash. – On July 10, the Cowlitz Black Bears had just used dominant pitching to take consecutive games and the series from the Yakima Valley Pippins on the road. Following a 7-5 Pippins win in their series opener on July 8, Cowlitz had allowed just three runs in the final two games of…
Alvarado’s Shutout Sparks Pippins in Penultimate Home Game
YAKIMA, Wash. – Anthony Alvarado (Columbia Basin) did not know he was going to start Sunday night’s game for the Yakima Valley Pippins until he arrived at the ballpark earlier in the day. It did not seem to matter to the left-hander, however, as Alvarado threw a complete game shutout, allowing just …
Otsuka’s Grand Slam Paces Pippins to Win
YAKIMA, Wash. – Back on June 20, Tora Otsuka (San Diego) had every right to question his approach at the plate. At the time, Otsuka had collected just four hits in his first 28 at-bats for the Yakima Valley Pippins. The numbers did not tell the whole story, however as Otsuka was hitting the ball har…
Ninth Inning Surge Steers Pippins to Win
BEND, Ore. – Having just blown a 5-4 lead with their star pitcher, Connor White (Portland), on the mound in the eighth, many teams might have hung their heads and folded in a road game. Of course, in terms of the ability to persevere, the Yakima Valley Pippins are not most teams...
Bullpen Guides Pippins to Bounce-Back Win
YAKIMA, Wash. – In the first two games of their series with the Corvallis Knights, the Yakima Valley Pippins’ bullpen had been unable to contain Corvallis, leading to a pair of close defeats. That had to change if the Pippins were to win on Monday, when Pete Minella (Western Illinois) was summoned i…
Six Errors Stall Pippins’ Comeback Bid
YAKIMA, Wash. – For the second night in a row, the Yakima Valley Pippins out-hit the Corvallis Knights by five. And yet, for the second night in a row, a Pippins’ comeback came up short. Despite tying a franchise-record with 19 hits, which included six player tallying two hits or more, the Pippins f…

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