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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Denney helps Pippins to playoffs


August 9, 2017



Former Goldendale High School standout Lucas Denney and the Yakima Valley Pippins are headed to the West Coast League's playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 28-26 record to finish second place in the South Division.

The West Coast League, an 11-team wood-bat league that's been around for 13 years, features some of the top players from major college baseball programs across the country. Current Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton and outfielder Mitch Haniger played in the West Coast League not too long ago as well as a handful of other Major League Baseball players.

This is the first year that Denney, a 2013 Goldendale High School graduate, has played in the West Coast League. The big left handed hitter will enter his redshirt senior year for the Seattle University Redhawks after the summer season.

Denney and the Pippins took the field Tuesday night for the opening game of the best two out of three game series against the Corvallis Knights, but results weren't available at press time. The Pippins were at home on Tuesday at Yakima County Stadium, but play the next two games (the third game if necessary) at Goss Stadium on the campus of Oregon State University.

The Pippins took second in the South Division after finishing the second half of the season with a 15-12 record after compiling a 13-14 mark in the first half. The playoff berth is the second in a row for the Pippins and third in the franchise's four-year history.

Denney came on strong for Yakima Valley during his only year in the West Coast League.

He finished seventh league wide while leading the Pippins with a .338 batting average and also finished second in the league in doubles (15), fourth in home runs (eight), eighth in RBIs (34) while drawing 29 walks, second in the league.

He also belted five home runs during the league's home run derby on July 17 and drew two walks, scored a run and drove in a run as the South All-Star team defeated the North 5-2 on July 18 in front of the home crowd in Yakima.


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