By Chuck Reherman
MUSTANG – All Yukon needed to win a Red Dirt League Varsity title was two more wins.
The Millers didn’t get a chance to play either.
Yukon won its pool and was set to play in the semifinals of the tournament in Mustang until the weather wiped out the remainder of the tournament.
The Millers finished the season with a 15-14 overall record after beating the Oklahoma City Broncos 9-1 in the final pool round game. Yukon had beaten Norman North 2-1 and Elk City 4-3 in their other pool round games.
It wax a strong finish for the Millers, who struggled with an up and down season throughout the summer and went into the tournament winning only two of their last six games. But, the team caught fire in the tournament and finished 3-0.
The Millers struck early against the Oklahoma City Broncos and used a five-run third inning to break the game open.
Yukon took advantage of a shaky start by Broncos pitching to score three runs. Jett Lodes, Jacob Russell and Drew Janvrin all walk (except Lodes was thrown out trying to steal third). After a Hunter Brown single loaded the bases, Colton DeKinder walked to send in the first run.
Mason McIntyre singled in the second run and a walk to Carson Schultz opened a 3-0 lead.
The Millers added a run in the second on a sacrifice fly from Brown.
The Millers put together four hits in the third inning to score five runs and open a 9-1 lead.
Cade Parsons’ doubled in the first run of the inning (after McIntyre walked and Schultz was hit by a pitch). Remy Plattner followed with a base hit to score a run and Lodes singled in the third run. Janvrin capped the inning with a two-run scoring double.
Janvrin went the distance on the mound, working five innings and allowing one run on two hits.
Varsity 2 North 1
Yukon broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the fourth inning and used the two-hit pitching of Lodes to take a 2-1 win over Norman North.
The Millers broke the tie on a sacrifice fly from McIntyre. Brown had singled and advanced to third.
Yukon had taken the initial lead in the first inning on an RBI double from Janvrin.
Yukon 4 Elk City 3
Plattner raced home from third on a passed ball to upend Elk City 4-3 in the opening round.
Plattner had doubled and moved to third on a ground out.
Yukon had taken a 1-0 lead when DeKinder scored on a passed ball in the first. The Millers scored two runs on passed balls in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and take a 3-1 lead. The Elks tied the game in the sixth 3-3.
By Chuck Reherman