Two Yakima Valley Pippins picked up All-America honors for the Pacific Association Division to recognize their efforts for Yakima Valley College this spring.
The American Baseball Coaches Association named right-handed pitcher Tyler Frieders and outfielder Donald Saltiban to its third team.
Frieders posted a 2.14 ERA and struck out 43 in a team-best 46 1/3 innings and Saltiban, who went back home to Hawaii after suffering an injury last month, led the Yaks (27-7) with a .361 average, a .565 slugging percentage, six triples, 43 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
After three games with a combined 38 runs, the Pippins' offense couldn't do much of anything against Cowlitz starter Kelly Austin on Friday night.
The Orange Coast College right-hander retired 17 straight batters following Mason Marenco's single to lead off the second inning and completed eight shutout innings to hand Yakima Valley a 5-0 loss. Marenco was the only Pippins hitter to reach second base all night after his single to lead off the eighth inning.
Kenny Johnson kept pace well enough to make it a scoreless pitcher's duel until the seventh, when he left the game after Cowlitz loaded the bases with one out. A hard-hit grounder with double play potential turned into an error instead, sparking a decisive five-run rally.
That ended Yakima Valley's four-game win streak, which included a three-game sweep of Highline in a nonleague series. Cowlitz got at least one runner on base every inning as the Pippins got shut out for the second time all season.
They'll resume their three-game series at Cowlitz Saturday night. Former Yakima Valley College pitcher Seth Kuykendall's expected to take the mound for Yakima Valley.
Johnson, Wild (7), Matter (8) and Dickman. Austin, Bradwell (9) and Weber.
YV highlights: Kenny Johnson 6 1/3 IP,, ER, 7 H, 6 K, 3 BB; Mason Marenco 2-2.