Growing pains: Summer varsity baseball team makes strides in Red Dirt League

Some things in life always change regardless, but then again some things change all the time. In high school baseball across Oklahoma, one thing is a constant change every year, growing pains.

Every spring, high school baseball teams across the state have senior leaders both on and off the field that lead by example and/or lead vocally. The only negative to having those senior leaders is the fact that they are seniors and will be leaving the program once the spring season is concluded.

The Yukon varsity baseball team had a solid year this past spring, as they won 28 games and made it all the way to the 6A state semifinals in the state tournament.

However, they graduated several key leaders from that squad and coach Kevin James and crew entered the summer season with new faces in the dugout.

The Millers had a decent summer but not by the usual standards for Yukon baseball. Yukon finished with a record 16-12-2 in their 30 games they played in the Red Dirt League and the Diamond King tournaments.

“I thought it was an OK summer,” James said. “We had a lot of guys who have never seen varsity action or have seen very little varsity action. We made plenty of mistakes but we did a lot of good things as well. The good thing about it is, the mistakes we made an easily correctable with hard work and we have the talent to improve greatly.”

The Yukon varsity baseball players will now be off from any school-related baseball activities until the new school year starts in mid-August. Those who are playing football or other sports will continue to train as required for their other sports but the majority of the Miller baseball players will begin offseason training on that first Monday after school begins.

“Our offseason program is designed to condition our guys and make sure their bodies are in good shape when we start our throwing program toward the end of the fall,” James said. “We don’t pick up a baseball until we start our throwing program.”

James said he expects there to be roughly 40 baseball players in the offseason program when the new school year begins.

The three other Yukon summer baseball teams are all in action this weekend in their Red Dirt League postseason tournaments.

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