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Yukon baseball: Millers look for more consistency in stretch run

The Yukon baseball team went into Friday’s game with Deer Creek with a 13-7 overall record, but more importantly, the Millers are 6-2 in district play with four games left.

The 6-2 mark through eight district games puts the Millers in second place in the district standings behind Edmond Santa Fe, who is 6-1.

The top two teams in each district get to host a regional.

Following Santa Fe and Yukon is Choctaw at 4-2, Midwest City at 4-2, Southmoore at 3-2, Putnam City West and Lawton.

The four remaining district games on Yukon’s schedule are two games against Midwest City and two games against Lawton. If the Millers can sweep those four games, that will all but ensure them of one of the top two seeds in the district and will allow them to host a regional tournament in May.

If Edmond Santa Fe and Yukon finish the season with the same district record and are tied for the top spot in the district than the tie-breaker would go to the Millers because of run differential.

Yukon split the season series with the T-Wolves, but since they beat Santa Fe by 10 runs at 11-1 and lost to the Timberwolves by four runs at 8-4, they would get the nod over ESF.

Yukon has played a tough schedule through the first half of the season, as they have traveled to the Phoenix area and played some of the top teams in Arizona and played in the Jenks/Broken Arrow tournament and won four-out-of-five games against some top-level competition in the three-day event.

Yukon coach Kevin James said his team is full of really good young men that work hard and listen to him on a daily basis, whether it be at practice or at games, but he wants to see more consistency out of his young group in the second half of the season.

“We are about right where I thought we’d be at this point of the season,” James said. “Actually, we are even a little ahead of where I thought we’d be but we still need to get more consistent across the board. We are still making silly mistakes that if we correct, would be the difference in winning or losing a game.”

James talked about the importance of the district games versus the other games on their schedule.

“It used to be where every game we played mattered because they did the regionals based on the rankings,” James said. “Now, it’s totally different because it’s based on the district records. We play our district games every Monday and Tuesday, so we are putting most of the importance on those games. Of course, we expect to and want to win every game we play, whether it’s district or not, but those games on Monday and Tuesday are where the importance is right now.”

Yukon hosted Deer Creek on Friday afternoon and then they will host Norman North at 3 p.m. today. Look for those results in Wednesday’s Yukon Review.

 

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