Softball look to build off 2016 success

Millerettes head into offseason with momentum

The Yukon softball team completed the 2016 regular season last Friday afternoon with a 6A state tournament semifinal loss to Southmoore.

The Millerettes finished with a 29-7 overall record, a district championship and a regional championship in 2016.

“It was a lot of fun this year,” Yukon coach Katy Hoke said. “The girls really worked hard, challenged each other, battled through some adversity and had a very successful season overall. Southmoore was a very good and very talented team. I felt like we were right there with them but it just wasn’t our day.”

Yukon will graduate seven seniors from this year’s team but will return a strong core for the 2017 season led by Oklahoma State University commit Chyenne Factor. Also, returning for the Millerettes will be both pitchers who led Yukon this season in Bre Johnson and Breley Webb.

Hoke said the senior class that will move on after this season is special.

“It was an honor to get to work with these girls every day,” Hoke said. “They were a pleasure to coach. They all work very hard. I wish we could have won it for them, but they had a special season and they should be very proud of everything they accomplished. I know I am.”

Hoke talked about what she would like her underclassmen who will be back in 2017 to learn and take into the offseason.

“I want them to learn that is a selfless game,” Hoke said. “It’s about the good of the team and not about the individual. I want them to understand that everything is important whether it be executing sacrifices, changing positions or supporting each other. Our incoming class as freshmen are very good as well, so we are very excited about the future of Yukon softball.”

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