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PORT ANGELES — Willie Lajoie swatted a two-run homer in the first inning and the Yakima Valley Pippins never looked back.

Thanks to a stout start for Dylan Bishop and a remarkable finish by Case Matter.

Bishop, the Selah graduate and Whitworth junior, blanked Port Angeles for six innings and earned his fourth straight victory to lead the Pippins to a 7-2 victory over the Lefties at Civic Field.

Bishop allowed just three hits during his six scoreless frames, gave up a two-run homer in the seventh and then notched his seventh strikeout before exiting. He improved to 6-1 and equaled his season-high for strikeouts.

Matter came on for Bishop and struck out all eight batters he faced as the Pippins regrouped after getting swept in a three-game series at Corvallis.

Lajoie added an RBI single in Yakima Valley's four-run fifth and finished 3-for-5 with four RBI to key YV's 11-hit offense. Connor Coballes, batting in the No. 9 spot, was 3-for-4 with a double and Taylor Holder was 2-for-4 with a double.

The Pippins continue their series at Port Angeles with games Saturday and Sunday before returning home to conclude the regular season with a series against Wenatchee.

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