By Chuck Reherman
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark has been like a home park for Yukon over the years.
And after missing a year, the Millers returned and picked up where they have left off.
Yukon jumped on top of Putnam City North pitching from the opening inning and posted a 17-0 rout of the Panthers and a sweep of their district 6A-2 series, Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
The Millers are 7-2 since the high school baseball series has been started at the Brick. The Millers did not get to play their game last year due to weather, but “felt at home” Tuesday night, scoring runs in every inning to run their record to 4-1 overall.
YHS had nine hits in the game and took advantage of five North errors, 13 walks and two hit batters.
“We hit good, made good plays defensively except for the one error and we should have just eaten it instead of throwing it,” Miller head coach Kevin James said. “We pitched good, hustled, got after it and it was a good night, a nice night to play.
“It was a perfect night, but we got after it and played hard,” he said. “We hustled and had guys trying to get extra bases and stuff. We still have some things to iron out and everything, but it was a good night for us.
“Our pitching only gave up two hits and we didn’t allow many runners night.”
The Millers finished their first 6A-2 series scoring 32 runs (YHS won 15-0 on Monday at Yukon) and is tied for the early lead in the district race with Lawton at 2-0 records. Only three teams in the district went through the first series unbeaten.
The Millers, like the day before, took control of the game in the opening inning, putting five runs in the board keyed by Hunter Brown’s two-run scoring triple.
Jett Lodes had doubled to open the game and after Matt Wilson reached on an error, scored on a second North error. Mason McIntyre drove in the second run with a single.
Brown delivered his triple to the gap that drove in two more runs and scored on a passed ball to open the 5-0 lead.
Carson Benge gave the Millers a 7-0 lead with a two-run scoring double in the second inning and pushed the lead to eight two pitches later, scoring on a wild pitch.
The Millers, leading 9-0 in the fourth, pushed three more runs across the plate on four walks, one hit and a two-run scoring error.
Yukon loaded the bases on a pair of walks to Brown and Austin Arnold around a single by
Carson Lee. Lodes reached on an error that scored two runs and Josh Holsten was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to open a 12-0 lead.
The Millers added five more runs in the fifth inning highlighted by RBI singles from Carson Creach and Heath Brown.
Yukon scored the first run of the inning aftyer Kobe Flow walked and Nick Scavitto reached on an error to score Flow. Cody Pfieffer singled and a bases loaded walk to Remy Plattner sent home the second run. Creach and Heath Brown followed with singles.
“We like getting after it and playing and are building,” James said. “This is two steps forward. we have work days ahead of us and we just need to take care of business.”