Millers cap successful RDL summer

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Matt Wilson fires the ball over to first to complete a doubleplay in a game against Mustang. The Millers took three of four games from the Broncos during the summer and finished with a 14-2-2 overall record. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
It was a successful summer for Yukon’s four Red Dirt League teams.
All four teams finished with a winning record despite a rainy month of June that did cancel several games.
The Miller Varsity team lost only three games to the weather and finished with a 14-2-2 record. The Miller freshmen were the most affected by the rain, losing eight games. But a pair of late additions did have the team get in 17 games and finished with an 11-6 season.
The Miller JV team finished their year with a 12-6 record, while the Miller Junior High team were 15-10 overall.
“It was a very interesting summer with all the rain,” Miller head coach Kevin James said. “It is hard to do what we want to do when you don’t get to see them everyday. It was different not having a tournament every weekend.
“As far as the younger guys, I would have liked to have gotten more games with them,” he said. “The older guys it worked out fine because it allowed those guys to go play on the weekend (with select teams), so we had 10 of our 16 varsity players play Monday through Wednesday.
“In that aspect, I would have liked to have gotten more games, but it is what it is.”
The weather did play havor with the teams and at times, the younger players (who played on the Field on the Hill) were moved to the high school field when no other games were played there.
“There wasn’t much we could do about a torrential downpour on Sunday night when we played at noon on Monday,” James said. “This field was ready everyday but two. Our varsity teams only missed three games and some of the younger teams did miss more, but we did find some games last week to give them a few more to play.
“Our youngest team did get to play more games, we moved some games to the main field for them to play,” he added. ‘They got to play 10 games over the last week.
“It was a good summer overall. With the older guys we got to see what we needed to work on and was able to shuffle the deck around a little bit and we did pitch well and played good defense. We have got to get better offensively. We will continue to improve on what we did successfully, but we have to get better at swinging the bat. We have lots of arms to pick from and have several guys coming up that had good summers.”