Pippins Release Explanation To Last Night’s Canceled UW/WSU Game; Offer Refunds, Exchanges
Thousands of Husky, Cougar and baseball fans flocked to State Fair Park Tuesday night to watch the Cougar Diamond Classic only to be disappointed and turned away when the clubs and umpires deemed that the field was unsafe for play.
While many fans hadn't even parked their cars yet, others were already exiting the stadium after much conjecture and confusion. Today, the Yakima Valley Pippins organization, which hosted the non-conference event, released an official explanation:
"In a statement issued by the game organizers, according to all parties involved, the field conditions at “The Orchard” were deemed unplayable for the non-league contest.
The Yakima Valley Pippins take player safety and field conditions very seriously. Yakima County Stadium has hosted high school state championships, minor league baseball and high-level collegiate league baseball here since the early 1990s and will continue to host and showcase great baseball here in Yakima Valley."
The game will not be rescheduled and the Pippins are offering full refunds for both game tickets and parking fees or a chance to exchange the canceled tickets and receive 2-for-1 to a future WCL game.
Cougars players stayed on field despite the unfortunate turn and signed autographs for those remaining. The No. 15 Huskies club returned to their bus to get ready for a three-game showdown with conference leading Utah beginning Friday.
The Pippins open their 2016 home schedule on Monday, June 6, at 7:05 p.m. Their regular season slate begins Friday, June 3, when they travel to Wenatchee to take on the AppleSox.
You can catch all 57 games live with the voice of the Pippins, Evan Budrovich, right here on 1460 ESPN Yakima (KUTI-AM)