By Chuck Reherman
Coming out swinging.
That’s just what Yukon did, scoring eight runs in the first three innings and cruising to a 12-4 win over Duncan Saturday at Miller Field.
The Millers, 2-0, had 10 hits in the first three innings, including three extra base hit that led to the eight runs and gave the Millers an 11-0 lead.
Yukon pitchers limited Duncan to only six hits in the game, four coming in a four-run fourth inning and the Millers were never really challenged in the game.
“We swung the bat well,” Miller head coach Kevin James said. “We do need to pitch ahead a little more, but we made plans again today. We got a win and that was the main thing.
“It was a good day to play and we need to play as much as we can,” he said. “We got some extra base hits early on and we put runners across the plate. We did have a good crowd here again and we were happy to see that good of a crowd out and we got to play.”
YHS scored their first two runs of the game off extra base hits. Logan Troxell had led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and scored on Kobe Flow’s double to centerfield. Carson Benge tripled to the right centerfield fall and scored on a sacrifice fly from Heath Brown to open the 3-0 lead.
The Millers put together four hits and scored five more times in the second. YHS loaded the bases on a single by Parker Means, an Aiden Alexander double and a walk to Logan Troxell. Flow singled in two runs to open a 5-0 lead and Benge singled to drive home his second run of the game. A sac fly from Tevin Pdettigrew and a passed ball sent in runs to make it an 8-0 lead.
Yukon ran the lead to 11-0 in the bottom of the third inning on RBI singles from Troxell and Benge and an error on a ground ball by Brown. Alexander had singled with one out and stole second before Troxell’s base hit.
Duncan did get four runs in the fourth inning on a two-run RBI double by Wilkins and a second RBI double from Roberson. The Millers scored what turned out to be the game ender in the bottom of the fourth as Cody Pfieffer raced home from third base.
“We were aggressive on the bathpaths today and that was a good thing,” James said. “We were good on balls in the dirt. We played clean were in the game, the only thing we need to do is pitch ahead. That is the whole key for us, we have to pitch ahead.
“We just need innings,” he said. “With all the scrimmages and practices we have missed, the biggest part I am concerned with is the pitching side of it. Every game matters, but Monday and Tuesday matter more (district games). We just want to have everyone when we get to Monday and Tuesday. You worry about every game every day, but Monday and Tuesday games are the more important games the next two weeks. We just want to have all our arms ready every day.”
Benge led the Miller hitting, going 3-for-3 with three runs batted in. Flow had three RBIs on two hits and Troxell and Alexander both added two hits.
The Millers play at Putnam City North in the district 6A-2 opener. The two teams turn around and play Tuesday at 7 p.m. in their annual Battle at the Brick, at the Bricktown Ballpark.
Putnam City North has not played a game yet. The team has been on quarantine the last two weeks and is expected to be ready to play on Monday.
“Their quarantine was expected to end on Friday and they were going to try and get one practice in before we play,” James said. “But, because of COVID-19 we can’t force the issue and if they say they can’t play, we don’t play. You don’t want to get behind on district games early in the season and he thinks he will have all hits to play. So, we will see on Monday what happens.”