By Chuck Reherman
Coming out of the gates strong.
Yukon turned in a solid outing at the plate and on the mound in posting a 6-1 season opening with over Edmond North Thursday night at Miller Field.
The Millers had 10 hits and used a strong pitching outing from Carson Benge, Ethan Horton and Hunter Williams, who combined for a three-hitter and never allowed the Huskies to threaten in the game.
Benge worked two inning and struck out five, while Horton worked three and had six K’s.
“It was a good team effort,” Miller head coach Kevin James. “We ran three guys out there and everyone three strikes. We hit up and down the order, was impressive on the bases and made some plays defensively.
“It was a good win against a good club,” James said. “A good way to start off the season. We got a good job out of our pitchers, they threw strikes. Carson threw well to start and Horton came in and threw like a champ and Hunter (Williams) came in and threw well.
“Carson (Lee) handled the pitchers well behind the plate, we are making plays defensively and it was a good win for our first time out. A good team win.”
The Millers gave Benge a lead in the second inning pushing two runs across the plate.
Nick Scavitto drove in the first run of the season on a ground out. Heath Brown had singled, Carson Lee was hit by a pitch and Aiden Alexander bunted his way on base to load the bases.
Scavitto’s ground ball scored Brown and a bases loaded walk to Logan Troxell made it a 2-0 game.
Scavitto’s two-run scoring single in the third inning opened a 4-0 lead. Brown had reached on a dropped third strike and Lee singled before Scavitto’s two-out base hit.
Benge’s two-run scoring triple in the fourth inning extended the lead to 6-0. Scavitto had singled and Kobe Flow’s base hit with two outs kept the inning alive. Benge tripled to the centerfield wall that drove in both runners.
“It was a good atmosphere tonight, we had a huge crowd and that helped our guys,” James said. “We had some good at bats. Edmond North had some good pitchers, both of them had quality arms and good breaking stuff.
“I thought we need to a little better job handling the bat, but we had good at bats,” he said. “We bunted the ball, but we need to bunt it in the right location. But, overall, it was a good win for us.
“I was very happy with the win. I really like this group, they are getting after it and doing things the right way. They are fun to be around and that makes it fun to come to work.”
The Millers will host Duncan at noon today, then open the COAC season Monday at PC North at 5 p.m. The teams turn around and play their annual game at the Bricktown Ballpark Tuesday.