By Chuck Reherman
EDMOND – Keeping the streak alive.
Yukon’s White JV Millers continued their winning streak, but it hasn’t been easy.
The Millers held off a late rally to slip past Edmond Memorial, 7-5, Tuesday afternoon in Edmond.
The win improved the Millers combined record to 23-0. But, again it was tough. The Miller B team had to rally in the late stages to beat Memorial 14-13 on Monday. The Miller A team won the first game 6-2.
The White team had 12 hits and chances to break the game open early on, but couldn’t get the runners across the plate. Carson Lee led the hitting with a 2-for-4 and driving in three runs. Levi Davis and Carson Benge also had two hits.
The White team broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning with a six-run outburst, keyed by Lee’s bases clearing double. Colton Dekinder had singled to drive in the first run (Austin Arnold, who had walked). Davis singled and Dekinder scored on an overthrow to third.
With the bases loaded, Lee drilled a double to deep left field, driving in three runs and opening a 5-0 advantage. The Millers added a run when Arnold was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Edmond cut the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Millers added a run in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single from Mickey Boyer, then held on as Memorial loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, scored two runs and left three runners stranded after a fly ball ended the game.
Yukon 6 Memorial 2
The A team won the first game of the series on Monday, getting a strong pitching performance and key hits in the middle innings to take control of the game.
Benge and Nick Scavitto combined to hurl a four-hitter in the opener. Benge worked six innings, allowing four hits and struck out eight. Scavitto came on in the seventh to finish the game.
The Millers took the initial lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single from Davis and on a Memorial error after Boyer laid down a bunt and the throw went into right field. Arnold had singled and scored on the play to open a 2-0 lead.
Davis’ two-run scoring single in the fourth inning keyed a three-run rally and a 5-1 Miller lead. Dekinder had singled with two on to drive in the first run and Davis’ hit came with two outs.
Arnold’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning (scoring Victor Prentice after a double) opened a 6-1 Yukon lead.
Davis led the Miller hitting with a 3-for-4 game, driving in three runs. Arnold and Dekinder both had two hits and one RBI.
Yukon 14 Memorial 13
Yukon’s unbeaten streak looked to be in serious jeopardy after Memorial scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 13-8 lead.
But, the Millers found some “magic” in the bottom of the frame, scoring six runs and pulled out of a 14-13 win.
Caden Hernandez’ RBI single rallied the Millers to a 13-13 tie. The Millers scored the game winner when Josh Sisson raced home on an error by the Memorial catcher.
Kyler Beshears had singled to drive in the first Miller run of the inning. Colton Phinney reached on an error to score the second run, Sisson singled in a third and Cody Pfieffer reached on an error to make it a 13-12 game.
Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, the Millers rallied with six runs to take a 6-3 lead. With the bases loaded, Gentry Bell reached on an error that led to two runs. Beshears was hit by a pitch to send home the tying run.
Phinney reached on an error that scored two more for a 5-3 lead and Pfieffer singled home the sixth run of the frame.
Colby Baker’s RBI single in the fourth opened a 7-5 lead. After Memorial scored three runs in the fifth, the Millers used an RBI double from Phinney to tie the game 8-8.
Pfieffer led the hitting, going 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. Hernandez and Caleb Terry added two hits each.
The White team plays today in the Midwest City tournament and travels to Edmond North for a doubleheader on Monday beginning at 4:30 p.m. The team play a doubleheader Tuesday in Yukon also at 4:30 p.m. The team travels to Moore on Thursday and hosts Edmond Santa Fe Friday.