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Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

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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.
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