By Chuck Reherman
After losing a heartbreaking 2-1 extra inning game to Edmond Deer Creek, Yukon came right back with a pair of wins over Ponca City and Westmoore heading into spring break week.
The Millers short-gamed the Wildcats on Saturday, taking an 8-0 win at Miller Field. YHS beat top 5 ranked Westmoore 3-1 on Friday.
Yukon’s spring break will be a short one. The Millers, 6-1, will play Oktaha Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Edmond Memorial Festival at Memorial. YHS plays Kingfisher at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Deer Creek and finishes of the week with a 12:30 p.m. rematch with Westmoore at Putnam City North.
The Millers got a one-hit pitching performance from Nick Scavitto in the win over Ponca City. Scavitto struck out nine batters in the contest and allowed only three runners in the game.
“We swung the bat pretty well again today,” Miller head coach Kevin James said. “The defense played well and Nick pitched well.
“The main thing was we went out and took care of our business and got the win,” he said. “Getting games in is important right now and it’s nice to get the wins.”
The Millers ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on Kobe Flow’s RBI walk-off double. Leading 7-0, Logan Troxell had walked and a one-out intentional walk brought Flow to the plate, who doubled to left field on a 1-1 pitch to drive in the game ending run.
The Millers got all the runs they would need in the second inning on Josh Holston’s two-RBI double. He drove in Trevin Pettigrew (who had doubled) and Cody Pfieffer (running for Carson Lee who had been hit by a pitch).
Carson Benge drilled his first home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning on an 0-2 pitch to open a 3-0 lead. Pettigrew picked up an RBI with a single after Kobe Flow had doubled.
Benge singled in his second run of the game in the fourth with a two-out singled that drove in Parker Means, who had reached on an error.
The Millers ran the lead to 7-0 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Lee and an RBI single by Holston.
Pettigrew led the hitting with a 3-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI. Holston had three RBIs on two hits and Benge two on two hits.
Against Westmoore on Friday, the Millers used a combined three-hit pitching performance from Hunter Williams and Flow to post a 3-1 win over the Jaguars.
Williams went five innings and allowed the one run on three hits and struck out three. Flow did not allow a hit in two innings and struck out three.
“That was a good win against a good club,” James said. “We had to really battle right there. We had a slow start on the mound, but we settled in. Hunter threw really well and Kobe came in and battled his backside off and that was good. We came out of the pen and did a good job.
“Westmoore can play, they have a good bunch,” he said. “When Hunter got dialed in and that was his first varsity experience and he threw well. We needed that, he has to do that and I was elated.
“We came up with some timely hits that got runs across the plate. We saw the guy that threw against us in a scrimmage a couple of weeks ago. He gave us fits and so did the second guy that came in and threw knuckleballs at us. We have a better approach, we are still a work in progress, but we need to continue our path of getting the right mentality at the plate.”
The Millers, trailing 1-0, tied the game in the bottom of the third on Troxell’s two out double. Means had singled with two out and Troxell lined the ball over the left fielder’s head.
The Millers broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning on Heath Brown’s sacrifice fly to right field. He drove in Carson Benge, who had singled, advanced to second on an error and stole third base.
Scavitto gave the Millers a 3-1 lead with a two-out single that drove in Flow (who had walked).
Westmoore had only one batter reach base in the final three innings, that coming on a hit batter.
“It was a good ball game, I thought our guys played well,” James said. “Especially after a late night last night of having to put the tarp on and had to get up early today. Hopefully that just makes us tougher.
“We have to get some of our other guys some time on the mound,” he added. “We had some that have not thrown in either the scrimmages or in our games and we need to get them some work in and hopefully we can do that this week with the Edmond Memorial Festival.
“But overall, I was happy with the win. Westmoore has a bunch of baseball savvy kids and always have kids that can play. We battled our tails off and got the win.”
The Millers had only six hits in the game, two of them coming from Scavitto in three trips with an RBI. Brown also had an RBI.