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Pippins Finish Regular Season with 4-1 Win over Wenatchee

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WENATCHEE, WA – The Yakima Valley Pippins are heading to the West Coast League playoffs as the league’s hottest team, as they knocked off the Wenatchee Applesox 4-1 on Sunday night at Paul Thomas Field to win their 12th game in the final 13 regular season contests.

The Applesox (30-24) struck early against starter Gabe Gentner, loading the bases on three straight singles to begin the bottom of the 1st. Gentner buckled down, only allowing one run to score on a safety squeeze bunt, as the Applesox took a 1-0 lead.

Behind good pitching, that lead would hold up until the top of the 7th. With reliever Hunter Wells entering the ballgame, the Pippins (35-19) loaded the bases with nobody out, setting up Vince Fernandez, who entered the history books in two spots with a grand slam to center field taht gave the Pippins a 4-1 . The long ball marked his 10th home run of the season and his 51st RBI of the summer, both of which are now single-season WCL records.

Yakima Valley pitching kept Wenatchee bats quiet all night long as Gentner and relievers Mitch Yada, Connor Lau and Justin Jacobs all combined to keep the Applesox scoreless on just two hits the final eight innings of the game.

With the regular season now complete, the Pippins can turn their full attention to the Bellingham Bells, their first round opponent in the playoffs. Game one of a best-of-three series will take place Tuesday night at County Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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