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Denney, Pippins out of WCL playoffs

 

August 16, 2017



Former Goldendale High School standout Lucas Denney and the Yakima Valley Pippins season came to an end last Thursday after falling in three games to the Corvallis Knights in the opening round of the West Coast League.

The Pippins, who finished second in the South Division of the 11-team West Coast League, ended the regular season with a 28-26 record and earned a playoff berth for the second year in a row and for the third time in the franchise’s four-year history.

Denney and Yakima Valley matched up with the South Division leaders, the Corvallis Knights, and took the opening game 9-3 at Yakima County Stadium last Tuesday after a 3-for-4 performance from Denney at the plate. The 2013 Goldendale graduate also drove in a run and scored twice while doubling in one of his at bats.

However, needing just one more win against the Knights to advance to the WCL championship series, the Pippins dropped the next two games on the road in Corvallis at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, where the Oregon State University Beavers play their home baseball games.

Last Wednesday, Denney batted 1 for 3 and drew a walk but the Pippins fell 8-4 to the Knights before dropping the series final 3-2 on Thursday to end the season.

The Knights advanced to the finals and met the Victoria HarbourCats and dropped the first game 5-4 on Saturday and won 6-0 on Monday and played Tuesday for the title but results weren’t available at press time.

In his first season with the Pippins, Denney stuffed the stat sheet offensively while contributing at first base defensively as well as playing designated hitter at times.

He finished the summer season batting .338 in 47 games and 160 at bats while leading the Pippins in home runs (eight), RBIs (34) and doubles (15). He also led the team with 54 hits and drew 29 walks, second in the league.

Denney will return to Seattle after the summer and start his senior season for the Seattle University Redhawks. He redshirted last season after suffering an injury in the preseason and hit .277 with 30 runs and 22 RBIs as a junior with the Redhawks in 2016.

 

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