What once was a lopsided series, Mustang baseball has turned the corner on Yukon

In the spirit of the social media era, it is fair to say that Mustang baseball is trending.
Coming off of one of the more magical postseason runs in school history in route to winning the 6A state championship last month, the Broncos are off to a blazing start to the Red Dirt League summer season.
For nearly four years, Yukon had Mustang’s number on the baseball diamond, but after beating the Millers in the semifinal round of the state tournament, the Broncos seem to have turned the tide against their arch rival from the north side of Interstate 40.
That notion was given more evidence on Tuesday afternoon when the Broncos came into Miller Field and swept Yukon in a two-game set.
Mustang shut out the Millers in the first game 5-0 in dominating fashion but the second game was not so easy for the Broncos, as they had to scratch and claw their way to a 4-3 victory to complete the sweep.
Bronco outfielder Cole Embrey said there is a lot of confidence flowing through the Mustang baseball program right now.
“We are a confident group right now,” Embrey said. “We are playing well as a team, but you have to play with confidence when you are playing against good teams.”
Both teams scored in the first inning of game two. Mustang got their one run off of an RBI single, while Yukon scratched their run across the plate on an error committed at third base. Neither team scored in the second frame, so the score was knotted at 1-1 going into the third-inning.
That’s where things got interesting.
Mustang scored one run in the top half of the inning on an RBI double from Embrey. The swift-footed senior then stole third base and put himself in prime position to score another run for the Broncos. However, the Millers had different ideas and shut down the MHS attack and went into the bottom half of the frame trailing 2-1.
Yukon got their first two base runners on safely with two singles and then they tied the game on a passed ball after a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners into scoring position. Payton Miller got the RBI on the passed ball and then earned his second RBI at the same at bat with a RBI single that put Yukon up 3-2.
That would be all of the scoring for the next two innings for each team, as Yukon was clinging to the 3-2 advantage going into the top of the sixth-frame.
Mustang got two runners in scoring position with Embrey at the plate with two outs. Embrey delivered just like he did down the stretch in the spring. The senior-to-be drove in both runs with another double in the gap to give the Broncos the 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth-inning.
Yukon would go scoreless in the sixth and seventh and Mustang secured the two-game sweep over their Canadian County foe.
“We all have each other’s backs,” Embrey said. “There isn’t one guy who thinks he is above the team. We are playing well right now but we need to keep working hard and not lose our focus.”

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