Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

Posted: Updated:
WALLA WALLA, WA – The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins were at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.

The Pippins (25-18) put an early dent in the scoreboard at Borleske Stadium, scoring seven times in the 2nd inning, ultimately chasing Sweets starter Chris Kerwood. Shawn Wardian had a two-run single and Vince Fernandez hit a three-run home run in the big inning to get Yakima Valley starter Austin Woodward a large cushion to work with.

After the Sweets (21-22) scored once in the 3rd inning and the Pippins countered with a run in the 6th to make it 8-1, the Sweets made their push.

Back-to-back fly balls lost in the lights helped bring home two runs in the 7th to make it an 8-3 game. Walla Walla added two more in the 8th on a two-run home run by Mike Paulson, ultimately ending an impressive start for Woodward. He went 7+ innings, allowing 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts en route to the victory.

With an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the 9th, the Pippins turned to Kenny Rosenberg to pick up the save. However, the left-hander walked the leadoff man, then threw the ball away trying to throw out Mark Contreras on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Andrew Mendenhall scored both runs with a single to left field to make it 8-7. Rosenberg then struck out Paulson before allowing a double to Parker Osborne that put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. At that point, the Pippins turned to Nick Kern, who struck out both hitters he faced to get Yakima Valley out of trouble and into the win column.

The Pippins picked up consecutive wins for the first time since winning three straight July 12-14. They’ll go for the series win against the Sweets Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • CWUMore>>

  • CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    Courtesy: CWU AthleticsCourtesy: CWU Athletics

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    More >>

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    More >>
  • Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Courtesy: Central Washington AthleticsCourtesy: Central Washington Athletics

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    More >>

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    More >>
  • City of Kennewick Honors Kennewick Americans

    City of Kennewick Honors Kennewick Americans

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 3:47 PM EDT2016-08-17 19:47:03 GMT
    On Tuesday night, the Kennewick Americans little league team was honored by the Kennewick city council. Mayor Steve Young and the council recognized the American's winning the national title at the Cal Ripken World Series.  More >>
    On Tuesday night, the Kennewick Americans little league team was honored by the Kennewick city council. Mayor Steve Young and the council recognized the American's winning the national title at the Cal Ripken World Series.  More >>