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Golden dreams: Softball three wins away from state championship

Millerettes open 6A state tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday vs. Westmoore

The Yukon softball team will start their quest for the gold ball at 4 p.m. Thursday against Westmoore in the quarterfinal round of the 6A state tournament at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

If the Millerettes defeat the Lady Jaguars on Thursday, they will play the winner of the Southmoore-Union quarterfinal game at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinal round of the state tournament for the right to go on to the state final game.

If Yukon can come out as the winner in that game, YHS would advance to the 6A state championship game 5 p.m. Saturday.

In the other side of the bracket, Owasso will play Moore and Sand Springs will take on Mustang in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

“I am very confident in the way we are playing right now,” Yukon coach Katy Hoke said. “We played really well in the regional in all facets and we are playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

Yukon was undecided late Monday on which pitcher they were going to start in the circle on Thursday, but Hoke said they would need both Bre Johnson and Breeley Webb in every game during the state tournament.

“We are going to need both Bre and Breeley in every game,” Hoke said. “We are unsure on who will start on Thursday but we will need them both to pitch well for us.”

The Millerettes prepared for the state tournament in a unique way this week, as they had a scrimmage against El Reno on Tuesday afternoon, who is competing in the 5A softball state tournament this weekend.

“We want to stay sharp and we feel this is the best way we can do that,” Hoke said. “We scrimmaged each other on Monday, will scrimmage El Reno on Tuesday and have a light practice on Wednesday.”

Hoke said she hopes to see a huge crowd of Yukon supporters in the stands on Thursday. There will be a pep bus taking students to the game if they wish to go.

“We want to pack the place with Yukon fans,” Hoke said. “It does make a difference for our players to play in front of a lot of people they know are behind them. We hope to see a bunch of our fans there to help us go play for a state title.”


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