A baseball stepping stone

A baseball stepping stone

Yakima is home to the Yakima Valley Pippins, a wood bat baseball team that plays in the West Coast League.

The league is for college players who are seeking to improve during the summer months, and the Pippins will begin their third season in Yakima on June 6 after opening with a three game series in Wenatchee starting June 3.

The Pippins feature Selah native and high school standout Marcus McKimmy as their manager. Another Selah alum, former major league pitcher Eric Hull, is on the coaching staff along with former Eisenhower High School and Seattle Mariners pitcher Bob Wells.

General manager Jeff Garretson, a Yakima native, comes from a family with a rich baseball history in the Yakima Valley.

Players come from colleges and universities throughout the country, but most WCL participants are from the western United States.

Yakima Valley competes in the WCL’s South Division along with the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Cowlitz (Longview Kelso) Black Bears and Gresham Greywolves. The North Division includes the Bellingham Bells, Kelowna Falcons, Victoria HarbourCats, Walla Walla Sweets and Wenatchee AppleSox.wholesale nfl jerseys
In their inaugural season, the Pippins averaged 1,372 fans per game, fourth in the league. They also posted a 35 19 record and won the East Division championship.

Last year Yakima Valley averaged 1,413 fans, third in the league, and finished with a WCL record of 29 25.

The league season consists of 54 games running from early June to early August with nonleague contests scheduled for some of the season’s off days. Playoffs follow to determine the league champion.

The Pippins play their home games at Yakima County Stadium, which was completed in 1993 for the Yakima Bears, a professional team that competed in the Northwest League before moving to Hillsboro, Ore., following the 2012 season.

Yakima County Stadium, with a listed seating capacity of 2,654, is located at State Fair Park on the corner of Fair and Pacific avenues. Pippins games there include a variety of things to eat and drink, plus jerseys, caps and other team related items.

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