RIDGEFIELD — Cameron Repetti gave his team a double dose of dramatics and it cost the Yakima Valley Pippins a close one Thursday night.
Repetti clubbed a go-ahead two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and then he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to give the Ridgefield Raptors a 3-2 victory, the WCL expansion team’s first in three tries against the Pippins.
Just as it had done in the first two games here, Yakima Valley rallied ahead late as Owen Cobb swatted a two-out solo homer in the top of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.
But the Raptors had an answer this time.
YV pitcher Mark Woinarowicz yielded a one-out single and was close to a clean frame after striking out the next batter, but Repetti slugged a 1-2 pitch over the rightfield wall for the lead.
A.J. Wood, the Pippins’ starter, worked 4.1 innings and exited with the game tied 1-1. Wood and Woinarowicz combined for 10 strikeouts. Ridgefield pitchers fanned 12, which contributed greatly to a brisk two-hour game.
Yakima Valley took a 1-0 lead in the second on Riley Gill’s RBI single. The Pippins were held to five hits with Scott Youngbrandt going 2 for 4 with a run scored.
The Pippins (2-1) play their home opener on Friday against Wenatchee at 7:05 p.m.