Millerettes rout PCO, escape Lawton

Rallies in 10th to win 7-6

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Anna Icenhower fields a ground ba;ll. Icenhower homered in the Millerettes win over Lawton. Photo by Hugh Scott

By Chuck Reherman, Sports Editor – WARR ACRES – A day after escaping what would have been their first loss of the season, it was “back to normal” for Yukon’s Millerette softball team.

The Millerettes used a pair of five run innings to post a 13-3 win over Putnam City Original in a District 6A-2 contest Thursday at Putnam City.

That game came a day after the Millerettes escaped with a 7-6 10-inning win over Lawton, in a contest that the Millerettes trailed at one point and could have lost in the bottom of the 10th.

And, against Putnam City, it a 2-1 game after two and a 3-2 contest after three innings. A five-run fourth inning gave the Millerettes control of the game.

Yukon improved to 17-0-1 overall and 8-0 in district play, two games ahead of Moore midway through the season.

“We were a little sluggish early on in this game, but it was our third in three days and ninth in the last six,” Millerette coach Heather Shanahan said. “And, Putnam City’s pitcher wasn’t that bad. Once we saw her a couple of times, we got our timing down and started hitting the ball.”

Chyenne Factor’s two-run scoring double in the fourth inning keyed the five-run frame and an 8-3 lead. Jayden Flowers had walked, Aleyah Holman reached on an error and Rylee Uhr singled home the first run of the inning for a 4-2 lead.

After a single by Hannah Hurtz, Factor doubled in two runs and a 6-2 lead. Ashlynn Bruce reached on a fielder’s choice that scored a run and Anna Icenhower reached on an error, scoring the fifth run of the inning.

The Millerettes broke the game open in the fifth inning with five more runs, capped by Flowers’ two-run scoring single.

Aleyah Holman had tripled to lead off the inning and she scored on Hannah Hurtz’ RBI single. Singles by Breley Webb and Johnson made it an 11-2 game and Flowers singled in the final two runs.

YHS had taken a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Johnson. That came after Uhr led off the game with a single. Uhr’s sacrifice fly broke a 1-1 tie in the second and Bruce doubled home a run in the third to open a 3-1 lead.

Five different hitters had two hits in the 13-hit attack. Uhr, Hurtz, Factor, Flowers and Holman all had two hits. Uhr, Factor and Flowers had two runs batted in.

Yukon 7 Lawton 6

The Millerettes scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning and held off comeback bid in the bottom half of the inning to escape from Lawton with a 7-6 win.

The Millerettes had 21 hits in the game, but stranded of those runners. YHS had beaten Lawton 14-1 in their first meeting just last week. But, this game was a different story with the stranded runners and some questionable calls.

“We were happy to get out of there with a win,” Shanahan said. “They obviously played better than they did at our place and we didn’t do the things we needed to, to put the game away.

“But, whether we win by one or by 21, it’s still a win,” she said. “I was just glad to get it over and not have to worry about making that trip again this season.”

YHS broke a 5-5 tie in the 10th on Bruce’s RBI double. She drove in Webb, who had walked to lead off the inning. Icenhower followed with a double to drive in Bruce.

Lawton had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Andrea Gonzalez doubled and scored on a ground out. But, that’s where the threat ended as the next batter struck out.

The Millerettes did find themselves down 5-4 in the seventh inning, but tied the game on a Holman RBI double. Flowers had singled and scored on Holman’s hit. YHS did have the bases loaded, but a fly out stranded three runners.

Lawton had taken the 5-4 lead on the bottom of the fifth on a two-run home run from Gonzalez. LHS had scored three times in the fourth to cut the Millerette lead to 4-3.

Icenhower’s solo home run gave the Millerettes the initial lead. Factor hit a solo shot in the third and RBI hits from Bruce and Holman opened a 4-0 lead.

Icenhower finished the day going 4-for-6 with two runs batted in. Holman and Flowers had three hits in five trips and Uhr, Factor, Webbm Johnson and Bruce all had two hits.

The Millerettes travel to Westmoore on Thursday and host Norman North on Friday. The Norman North game will be the Millerettes’ pink game.