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Pippins Fall to Senators

The Yakima Valley Pippins wrapped up their first ever homestand, falling to the Thurston County Senators 10-7. The Senators rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to overcome a two-run deficit.

Mitch Yada from Central Washington University went 5 and two-thirds innings in his first start of the summer and came away with a no-decision.

The Pippins led 6-4 after six innings before the Senators erupted for six runs in the ninth.

That score would hold until the top of the 9th, when Connor Lau, who had recorded saves in each of his first two tries, found himself in hot water. After striking out the first hitter, Trevor Inman, Lau also struck out pinch-hitter Kameron Banister, but the ball got away from catcher Jake Roberts and allowed Banister to reach. Over the course of the next two hitters, the Pippins committed a pair of errors, both of which could have ended the game. The second error tied the game at 6, before three straight base hits gave the Senators a 10-7 lead. None of the runs were earned off of Lau, who suffered his first loss of the summer.

The Pippins did score one run in the ninth on Taylor Snyder RBI single, but the rally would come up short, giving the Senators the win.

The Pippins embark on the first road trip in team history, beginning tomorrow in Corvallis, Oregon against the Corvallis Knights. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. and Reed Garrett has been announced as the starter for Yakima Valley. All six games on the upcoming road trip to Corvallis and Klamath Falls can be heard live on 1460 ESPN Yakima and online at

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