By Chuck Reherman
Going into Thursday night’s District 6A-2 showdown with Southmoore, Yukon knew it needed to win and then get a little help from Westmoore to win the District 6A-2 title.
Now, all the Millerettes need to do is just win.
YHS and Southmoore will square off for the second in the two-game district series at 7 p.m. at Southmoore High School. And, thanks to the Covid-19 rules from the OSSAA, all the Millerettes need to do is win.
YHS takes an 11-2 district record into the game (16-7 overall) into the game against the Lady Sabercats, who are 10-0 in district and 21-3 overall. But, the OSSAA has ruled that with the Covid-19 that has caused games to be cancelled, that the district winner comes down to the number of wins. So, a Millerette win over Southmoore would give YHS a 12-2 record and with Southmoore having only one game remaining after YHS, the Millerettes would be the No. 1 seed for District 6A-2 going into the regionals.
The Millerettes also lead Southmoore in district points 67-60 and if the teams tie, it would come down to points as to who gets the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. Southmoore still has Westmoore (who sits in third place) remaining on their district slate. Yukon lost 6-2 to Southmoore in the first meeting between the teams.
“The ideal thing would be to win the game Thursday and give is 12 wins and that would keep Southmoore from getting that many wins,” Millerette head coach Katy Hoke said. “If we don’t win Thursday, it will be up in the air since they still have to play Westmoore. We are in a good spot and we will get to host a regional either way, but you want to win that district championship.
“Being the No. 1 seed is more advantageous to reach state,” she said. “But, you will still have either Mustang or Moore in a regional, because they are going to be the three and four teams depending on how that comes out and they are both playing really good ball right now.”
YHS turns round and plays in the Chickasha Festival on Friday. The Millerettes were scheduled to play in the Edmond North Tournament, but it was canceled this week as North is dealing with Covid-19 concerns.
Yukon will play Ponca City at 4 p.m. and Cache at 5:30 p.m. in Friday games at the Chickasha Sports Complex. The Millerettes face Newcastle at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Complex, then moves to the middle school to play Blanchard at 5:30 p.m.
YHS also heads to Washington to face the Lady Warriors on Monday.
The Millerettes collected their 11th win on Tuesday night with an 18-0 win over Putnam City West.
The game was never really a contest. YHS scored eight runs in the first inning and pushed five more across in the second.
Yukon had only 10 hits in the game but had eight walks and took advantage of three West errors. Jaycee McKee picked up the win on the mound, limiting West to only one hit and struck out eight.
AJ Rayburn’s bases clearing double in her second at-bat of the inning and two-run scoring singles from Ariah Mitchell and Taylor McMahon keyed the eight-run inning.
Marlee Warden’s RBI single, a passed ball and two West errors led to five runs in the second inning. RBI singles from Mitchell, Makayla Cowan and Warden highlighted a five-run third inning.