Pippins fizzle on Fourth

— The Fourth of July came up a dud for the Yakima Valley Pippins, no fireworks in their arsenal.

After picking up their first road win since early June on Tuesday, the Pippins offense couldn’t stay hot as they dropped the final game of the series to the Wenatchee AppleSox, 5-2.

For the second time in three games, the AppleSox got out to an early lead. The first three batters in the bottom of the first reached off of Connor White, including an RBI single by Johnny Sage. Connor McCord followed with a pop up in foul ground down the third base line.

Jake Moberg made the catch but the runner at third broke for home when no one was covering home plate. Jacob Prater would score on what is one of the shortest sacrifice flies you will see.

The Pippins answered in the second with some help from the AppleSox defense. Cole Pofek lead off the inning with a groundball to second that Prater couldn’t handle. Pofek followed with a pop up that wasn’t handled Pofek then stole second and reached third on a wild pitch.

With one out and Pofek at third, Moberg hit a groundball to short, scoring Pofek and pulling the Pippins within one. But the Pippins stranded Greene at third base.

The game remained tied until the fifth. AppleSox reliever Dawson Day threw the final three frames and struck out the side in the ninth.


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