Anytime Yukon and Mustang go against each other, there is no telling what is going to happen. It doesn’t matter if it’s sports, band or anything else, these two schools always bring out the best in each other.
That was the case on Thursday night at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City when the Miller baseball team took on the Broncos on the diamond for the first time this season. Yukon earned the victory but it wasn’t an easy one for YHS.
The Millers defeated Mustang 3-1 in 10 innings to improve to 11-5 on the season, while the Broncos fell to 12-7.
Yukon senior Cross Factor talked after the game about getting the win against Mustang.
“It was a total team effort,” Factor said. “We just kept fighting and playing hard. Everyone wanted to win this game. It means a lot.”
Yukon was the visiting team on the scoreboard, so in the top of the 10th inning, they had the top of the lineup coming to the plate. Nollan Koon led off the inning with a base hit single and then was sacrificed over to second on a bunt. Cross Factor was walked intentionally making it one out with runners on first and second for the Millers.
Payton Miller came up next and was hit by a pitch, which made the bases loaded with one out. Koon was then walked in a bases-loaded walk to give Yukon the 2-1 lead with one out. YHS added another run in the top of the 10th inning on an RBC fielder’s choice ground out.
Mustang got the lead-off batter on with a walk in the bottom half of the 10th inning but that would be all the Broncos would muster, as Yukon retired the next three MHS batters to secure the two-run victory over their Canadian County rival.
Factor got the start on the mound for the Millers and threw three innings of shutout baseball against Mustang but it was sophomore B.J. Lee, who got the win after he pitched the final two innings of the night for Yukon.
Factor talked about what the Yukon-Mustang rivalry has meant to him in his career with Yukon.
“No one wants to lose to Mustang and they don’t want to lose to us,” Factor said. “That’s all that matters, doing anything it takes to get the win. I’m proud of the way we fought tonight.”
Yukon will return to game action at 1 p.m. today against Westmoore at home.