RIDGEFIELD — Give Daniel Cipriano a late-inning deficit and a bat and he’ll fix things in a hurry.
A night after his eighth-inning double drove in the winning run in a 4-3 victory, the 245-pound first baseman belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning for the go-ahead runs in a 10-3 triumph over the Ridgefield Raptors on Wednesday.
The Pippins spotted the home team a 3-0 lead with back-to-back home runs in the second inning and the deficit held at 3-1 through six frames.
But Yakima Valley’s offense unloaded on Ridgefield’s relief staff, scoring nine runs on 10 hits over the final three innings. Cipriano’s blow put the Pippins ahead 4-3 with one out in the seventh, and YV added four more runs in the ninth with Owen Cobb’s two-run triple powering the breakaway.
Zach Lew and Cipriano, batting second and third in the lineup, both had three hits and two RBI, and Cobb matched that at the bottom of the order.
In two games, Cipriano is 5 for 9 with a double, home run and three RBI.
Nick Brown worked 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for Yakima Valley.
The Pippins (2-0) complete the three-game road series on Thursday.
and play their home opener on Friday.