Showdown for district 6A-2 lead

Ariah Mitchell dives back safely to first on a pickoff play as the ball slips out of the glove of Westmoore’s Emma Swearingen. Westmoore upended the Millerettes 10-2 in a district 6A-2 game handed YHS their first district loss of the season. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
Yukon will have a chance to get back a share of the District 6A-2 lead, but it won’t be an easy task.
The Millerettes will host No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Southmoore in a 4 p.m. game Wednesday at the Millerette Softball Complex. The game, which was rained out last Tuesday, was rescheduled for Saturday, but wet fields forced the game to be moved to Wednesday. The Millerettes will host Putnam City North on Tuesday and travels to Edmond Santa Fe Thursday, then plays in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday and Friday.
The Lady Sabercats come into the game with a 16-0 overall record and an 8-0 district mark. Southmoore beat Midwest City 15-0 this past Tuesday in a district game and has amassed 54 district differential points. Southmoore has played only three close games this season.
The Millerettes are one game behind Southmoore at 7-1 following a 10-2 loss to Westmoore on Tuesday in a weather shortened game. The Millerettes are 10-4 overall and are two games ahead of third place Westmoore (11-6 overall and 4-3 district record) and three games in front of fourth place Edmond Santa Fe (11-6 overall and 5-4 district). YHS does own a win over Santa Fe (the teams play Sept. 17 at Santa Fe in the second game of the series).

AJ Rayburn throws the ball to first to complete a doubleplay after forcing Kaylee Amos out at second. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

YHS lost both of their games with Southmoore last year, 4-1 and 15-11, but is looking to turn the tide of the Sabercats today.
“We know Southmoore will be a challenge, they have a very good team,” Millerette head coach Katy Hoke said. “We will have to be aggressive at the plate and manufacture runs.
“Defensively, we have to be solid, we can’t give them any extra chances,” she said. “We have to locate our pitches and not give them anything good to hit.”
The Millerettes saw Westmoore jumped out to a quick lead on Tuesday night, scoring four first inning runs and rolled to a 9-0 lead on their way to a 10-2 win over Yukon at Westmoore. The game was called in the top of the seventh inning due to a lightning delay, then to rain.
YHS had only five hits in the game and couldn’t get anything going until the fourth inning. But, by that time, the Lady Jaguars had already built a 7-0 lead.

Kaylee Witte makes a late tag on Westmoore’s Kaylee Amos on a pickoff play at first base. Westmoore jumped on the Millerettes early and handed Yukon a 10-2 loss Tuesday. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

“It was just a bad day for us,” Hoke said. “We really got defeated after the first inning. We dug ourselves into a big hole early on and we couldn’t overcome it.”
Trailing 9-0, the Millerettes tried to get back into the game after McKenna Johnson doubled in AJ Rayburn to cut the lead to 9-1. Rayburn had led off the inning with a single and scored on Johnson’s double.
Yukon did have another chance to get back into the game in the top of the sixth inning, loading the bases on singles from Johnson and Marlee Warden around a walk to Maddie Montgomery.
Kaylee Witte hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Johnson and moved the runners to second and third. But a fly out ended the inning and eventually the Millerettes’ chances.
Westmoore jumped out to a 4-0 lead on RBI hits from Ainsley Linduff and Anna Swanson and an Millerette error.
A second RBI double by Linduff and an RBI single from Dutton opened a 6-0 lead and the Lady Jaguars made it 9-0 on an Emma Swearingen RBI single an RBI triple from Christian and an RBI single by Clara Skaggs.