Moxee resident Laura Nunez has been announced as the winner of the Yakima Valley Pippins’ Name the Team contest.
Nunez’ name was randomly chosen from a group that submitted more than 400 entries.
She and her family, which includes husband Ty, a former East Valley High School and Central Washington University football player, plus daughters Ella, 4, and Halle, 2 1/2, will receive season tickets to Pippins games this season.
Laura will also get her own personalized jersey and an opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Pippins game.
“We let the fans pick the name,” Pippins director of operations Noel Zanchelli said in a news release. “Mrs. Nunez was one of many fans who entered a name into a drawing, and that participation helped us find a brand that achieved what we set out to do — develop a brand that was unique to the Yakima Valley. We couldn’t be happier with what the fans selected.”
The Nunez family moved from southern California to the Yakima Valley in 2011. Mrs. Nunez was involved in on-field promotions for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a Class A Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate, from 1999-2001.
She describes herself as a stay-at-home mom who is involved with the Junior League of Yakima and the Ms. Yakima pageant among other volunteer activities. She also owns and operates The Glow Girl, a custon airbrush spray tanning business.
Ty Nunez, a CWU graduate, is employed by Nexternal Solutions.
“I adore Yakima,” Mrs. Nunez said. “All the activities, the gorgeous weather, fruits and amazing vinyards add character to the Yakima Valley. The coolest part is there is even more potential for this town and having the Pippins just adds to the culture we are trying to cultivate.”
The Pippins are scheduled to launch their first season as a member of the West Coast League on June 6 at Yakima County Stadium against the Wenatchee AppleSox.