Golden thoughts: Yukon softball team enters 2016 season with a state title on the mind

Yukon will open the 2016 softball season on Tuesday with serious expectations of winning a state championship.

The Millerettes are returning 10 players that saw a lot of varsity action on last year’s club, which made a state tournament run before being knocked out in the first-round by eventual state champion, Choctaw.

Yukon coach Katy Hoke said the preseason has been a successful one for the team.

“Our practices and scrimmages have been going really well,” Hoke said. “We have done some really positive things and the girls are gaining that chemistry back that we had last year. Overall, I am very pleased so far.”

YHS will play on the road in their first week of regular season games. They will take on Jenks at Jenks at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, drive back home and then go back to Sapulpa for another double-header on Thursday and then play in the Broken Arrow Tournament Friday and Saturday.

“We are going to play a lot of games in a short-period of time right out of the gate,” Hoke said. “It will be a good test early in the season for us. We have very high expectations this year. We return the majority of our team from last year and we expect to contend for a state championship this season.”

The Yukon ladies won’t open the season at home until August 16 against Bixby.

Yukon is loaded with veteran talent this season, as most of their players are juniors and seniors. Juniors Chyenne Factor and Aleyah Holman will be two players to watch for the Millerettes this season.

In circle, YHS will rely on junior left-hander Breley Webb and sophomore right-hander Bre Johnson. Behind the plate, senior Reilly Schlarb and senior Makenna Arnold will run the defense for Yukon.

Hoke said Yukon will have a well-balanced team this season.

“We can produce in a big way with both our defense and our offense,” Hoke said. “When we get hot with our bats, we can be scary. I’m really excited for what we can accomplish this year. It takes some things to go your way down the stretch, but we feel like we have as good of a chance as anyone to be the last one standing at the end of the season.”

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