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Pippins erupt in the seventh inning

Yakima Valley scores seven runs in the last three innings to beat Gresham 9-3

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams Jordan Barchus returns to the dugout with the handle of a broken bat after scoring on Ty Wyatts grounder through the right side for the teams first run.

Friday, June 10

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Yakima Valley

The Gresham GreyWolves held the upper hand most of the night only to have Yakima Valley flip the table in the late innings to stay unbeaten with a 9-3 win at Oslund Field.

Gresham went up 3-1 in the first inning on RBI-singles by Ty Wyatt and Ryan Glazner sandwiched around a sacrifice fly to left field by Drew Curtis.

That would prove to be their only scoring of the night, but it was enough to carry the lead into the seventh inning.

That's when the Pippins whacked the ball like it was a pinata with five hits including RBI-doubles by Kyle Stahl and Hunter Hanson. The team's only outs came on sacrifice flies that added to the lead.

By the time they were done Yakima Valley was up 7-3.

A string of four singles would add a couple more runs to the margin in the ninth.

The Pippins were aggressive on the bases, stealing third three times. Yakima Valley finished with 16 hits — four of those going for extra bases.

“They are a smart baseball team with a lot of experience — they took advantage of some chinks in our armor,” GreyWolves coach Justin Barchus said.

Gresham will hit the infield early before batting practice Saturday in hopes of correcting some of those mistakes for the series finale at 7:05 p.m. at Oslund Field.

Yakima Valley improves to 6-0, while Gresham dips below .500 for the first time at 2-3.

Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, June 13, print edition.