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Five Yakima Valley Pippins Selected for WCL All-Star Game

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MEDFORD, OR – The Yakima Valley Pippins, in the middle of an impressive first season, will send five of their best players to the 2014 West Coast League All-Star Game in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Pitchers Brandon Williams and Eli Morgan, outfielders Vince Fernandez and Jake Roberts, and infielder Shawn Wardian were all selected to represent the Pippins in Klamath Falls next Monday, July 21.

Williams has been one of the staples in the Pippins pitching staff this summer, carrying a 4-2 record and 2.95 ERA so far this season. Williams, a right-hander from Central Washington University, has worked a team-high 39 2/3 innings so far this summer.

Morgan has been one of the most pleasant surprises for the Pippins this year. Having recently graduated from Peninsula High School (Palos Verdes, California), the Gonzaga commit is 5-0 this season with an ERA of 2.76. He has the most wins of any undefeated pitcher in the West Coast League this season.

Fernandez, like Morgan, has been one of team’s pleasant surprises. After only taking nine at-bats this spring for UC Riverside, Fernandez finds himself in the league lead for average (.394) entering play Wednesday, is tied for fourth in the league in home runs (4) and is third in RBI (28). Fernandez is the team leader in all of those categories.

Roberts has anchored the leadoff spot for the Pippins most of the season. Entering play Wednesday, Roberts sports an average of .359 (3rd in the WCL) with 2 home runs and 17 RBI. He is also tied for first on the team with 21 runs scored. He has also been impressive defensively, only committing 3 errors in his first 26 games.

Wardian has provided a strong presence with both his bat and his glove through the first half of the summer. Entering Wednesday, he is hitting .316 with 0 home runs and 15 RBI. He is the team leader in walks with 21. Wardian recently strung a 14-game hitting streak together, the second longest in the West Coast League this season.

Fernandez will represent the Pippins in the home run derby, which is scheduled to take place Monday at 5:10 p.m., prior to the 6:35 game.

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