No matter when Yukon and Mustang meet in an athletic setting, the pressure is always high and the intensity is at its peak, yes, even in summer baseball.
The two rivals met on the diamond on Tuesday afternoon at Miller Field in a Red Dirt League double-header under the hot summer sun.
Yukon dropped the first game to the Broncos 5-0 but looked like they were well on their way to winning game two and splitting the two-game set. However, Mustang had other ideas and came back to get the win and earn the sweep over the Millers with a 4-3 game two victory.
It was the first time the two teams had played each other since the 6A state semifinal match-up when Mustang ended the long drought against Yukon and went on to win the state title.
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. The Broncos then were able to advance a baserunner to third base and put themselves in position to score another run. 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.
The Millers had a chance to score several more runs in the inning and build cushion against their nemesis south of I-40 but they were unable to get the big hit when they needed it.
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 was able to get two baserunners on and in scoring position in the inning but they had two outs, so they would need a base hit to get the runs across the plate. They got the hit they needed with a two-run gap shot in right-center field. They retook the lead 4-3.
Yukon would go scoreless in the sixth and seventh and Mustang secured the two-game sweep over the Millers on their home turf.