YHS Bree-ses past MWC, Norman North

Ashlynn Bruce throws a runner out at first after the Millerette defense converges on a bunt. YHS beat Midwest City 10-0 and Norman North 15-1 in district games. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman]Sports Editor
Winning in a “Bree-se.”
Bree Johnson had a career night Tuesday night in Yukon’s 10-0 rout of Midwest City.
Johnson drilled three home runs and drove in seven runs, while hurling four innings of shut out ball in keeping the Millerettes unbeaten in district 6A-2 play.
Johnson hit a pair of three-run home runs and added a solo shot in a 3-for-4 night at the plate in sending the Millerettes to a 3-0 district record and a share of the lead.
She ended the game in the sixth inning on a walk-off three-run shot.
“We picked up our runners and scored which is what we have to be able to do,” Millerette head coach Katy Hoke said. “Bree had a great night for us. She hit two three-run home runs and did her job on the mound as well.
“It was a good night for us, another district win,” she said. “We had people on base and Bree did the job of getting them in. Our defense played well, we made some substitutions and they stepped up and played well.
“We are starting to find a comfort zone. But, we still have some challenges on our schedule and we need to play well.”
Johnson ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with her third home run of the game. Hannah Hurtz and Ashlynn Bruce had walked around an out. Johnson, on a 1-1 pitch. launched her three-run walk-off shot.
Johnson gave the Millerettes a 3-0 first inning lead with her first three-run home run. Hurtz had doubled to lead off the inning and Brooklyn Mathers walked. Again with one out, Johnson stepped into a 3-2 pitch and drove it over the centerfield wall.
The Millerettes opened a 4-0 second inning lead on an infield single by Mathers. Mathers had hit a pop up that fell in behind the second baseman, scoring Kyla Thompson, who had doubled.
Johnson’s solo home run in the third inning opened a 5-0 lead. Johnson lined a 1-0 pitch down the left field line. The ball stayed just inside of the foul pole for the solo shot.
The Millerettes pushed the lead to 6-0 when Davis scored on a passed ball after lining a single. Bruce singled home the seventh run of the game in the fourth inning. Hurtz had doubled and Bruce’s hit came one out later.
The Millerettes had 12 hits in the game, Hurtz added two hits in two trips to the plate and Davis was 2-for-4 on the night.
The Millerettes won their second district game on Monday night, scoring runs in bunches and rolling to a 15-1 win over Norman North.
Norman North had taken the early lead with a first inning solo home run off sophomore, Kaylee Bradley, who was making her first varsity start.
Bradley settled down after that and allowed only three hits the rest of the way.
She allowed only four hits and struck out nine in picking up her first varsity win.
“She missed her spot one time,” Hoke said. “It’s gonna happen, but she got it out of the way, settled in and did a great job for us. I was really proud of her. It was easily something somebody could come in be nervous and not throw her game.
“But, she did what she has been doing in JV and the JV coaches talked her up,” she added. “So we said Okay, lets she what she can do at the varsity level. She stepped up and was awesome.”
The Millerettes had 13 hits in the game, putting the hits together in bunches to break the game open.
“That was a lot better than some of the games we have played, we actually picked up some runners,” Hoke said. “The bats were working today. We have been leaving a lot of runners on base and we made the adjustments and brought runners home.
“What we have talked about is picking up the runners for the team,” she said. “Moving the runners over, we have talked about the selfless part of the team part. They really showed it tonight.”
The Millerettes took control of the game in the second inning, scoring six runs on a pair of two-run scoring hits from Hurtz and Mathers.
Parker Moore’s RBI single tied the game 1-1. Hurtz drove in two runs to open a 3-1 lead and Mathers’ hit opened a 5-1 lead.
Mathers singled in a run in the third inning to open a 7-1 lead and Johnson’s three-run home run in the fourth inning keyed a seven-run inning and opened a 15-1 lead.
Mathers had driven in two runs with a single and leading 12-1, Johnson launched her second home run of the season.
YHS plays in the Stillwater Festival today and heads to Norman North Monday and hosts PCO Tuesday.