By Chuck Reherman
Yukon begins its quest for a return berth to the state tournament for the first time since 2017 today at Miller Field.
YHS, 28-7-1, will host Northwest Classen, 5-20, in the opening round of the Region 3 Tournament at 11 a.m. today at Miller Field.
The other two teams in the field, Norman North, 24-8, and Choctaw, 2013, play at 1:30 p.m. The winners of the two games will play at 4 p.m. and the losers play an elimination game at 6 p.m.
The winner of the elimination game and the loser of the winners bracket final will play at 5 pm. Thursday. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. If both teams have a loss after the championship game, an if necessary game will play be played at 5 p.m. Friday.
“Like I have always said, we don’t care about who we play, it’s about how we play,” Miller head coach Kevin James said. “If we will swing it, throw strikes and play good defensively, I feel pretty good about it.
“Choctaw has a good bunch and so does Norman North, but we have to go take care of business against Northwest Classen first,” he said. “I like out chances. It is a good regional for us, we can’t take it lightly, we just have to go take care of business.”
The Millers closed their regular season Saturday with a 14-0 win over El Reno. That came two days after a 9-1 win at Stillwater.
YHS, after a slow start, scored all 14 runs in the third inning against the Indians and ended the game on the run-rule.
“It was kind of a slow start, but we had the one big inning,” James said. “It was a good ball game, Kobe (Flow) threw strikes and it took us a couple innings to get going right there, but we hit some balls hard.
“For us right now, it was just to tune up and get healthy for the regionals,” he said. “It was a good win.”
The Millers scored all 14 of their runs in the third inning, highlighted by Carson Benge’s two-run home run. It was one of eight hits the team had in the inning.
Benge, who had singled in his first trip to the plate, singled home the first run of the game. Aiden Alexander had reached on an error and Cody Pfieffer walked before Benge’s hit.
Parker Means, Alexander had RBI singles before Benge’s home run. Means had a second RBI single and Nick Scavitto drove in two more runs with a double.
Benge and Means both had two hits in the game and drove in three runs. Flow worked four innings, not allowing a hit and striking out eight.
Against Stillwater, the Millers scored five times in the first inning and went on to a 9-1 win over the Pioneers, avenging an earlier 14-9 loss.
“We came out and swung it early, scored five runs in the first and went on from there,” James said. “The bats came alive and we made all the plays defensively and Trevin (Pettigrew) pitched well.”
Means drove in two runs and Flow and Pettigrew had RBI singles to spark the five-run first.