Yukon baseball: Summer teams close out Red Dirt League

The summer baseball season is now complete for the Yukon High School baseball program, as all four teams have concluded the Red Dirt League schedule for 2017.

The Varsity 2 team finished with a record of 28-7 on the season and took second-place in their postseason tournament this past weekend with a 6-4 loss to Norman North in the championship game at Edmond North.

Varsity 2 coach Matt Yost was pleased with how his team played throughout the summer season.

“It was a good summer,” Yost said. “Our guys really bought in from day one and did what we asked of them every day. We tried to get all of our players as many innings as possible and I think we did a good job of that with 14-15 kids on the roster. We got a lot of at bats and our pitchers got quite a few innings for us.”

Yost said his team grew as the season went on and he looks forward to seeing what these players can do in the future for Yukon baseball.

“I believe a lot of these guys can compete for spots on the varsity next spring if they continue to work hard,” Yost said. “They handled everything really well for the most part this summer.”

Yost added that his team is full of players who know how to win.

“This group has always figured out how to win games,” Yost said. “Even in our seven losses this summer, they were never blown out, they were always in the game. I think the one most important thing these guys learned this summer is they can’t take any pitches off. They have to be ready every time the ball is delivered to the plate and stay focused.”

Yost said the one main area his players need to focus on in the offseason is not on the baseball field but in the weight room.

“We need to get bigger and stronger,” Yost said. “If we get into the weight room and work our tails off, I believe these young men can do some great things for Yukon baseball.”

The Yukon Junior Varsity summer team closed its summer season on Monday in an elimination game with Deer Creek after falling to the losers’ bracket in the second game of the tournament earlier in the weekend.

“We fought our way back,” Junior Varsity coach Brandon Ruiz said. “But we just couldn’t get over the hump on Monday. I’m really proud of these guys though, they all are really hard workers and there is a lot of talent on this roster.”

Ruiz said he thinks his players become more mentally tough this summer.

“We started to make better in-game adjustments,” Ruiz said. “If we struck out, we didn’t dwell on it, we battled back and learned from it and made changes for our next at bat. That was really good to see from these guys.”

Ruiz added that he would like to see this team get better on the mental side of the game, as they enter their high school years.

“Just knowing the situation,” Ruiz said. “Prepare for every situation and know what they are going to do with the ball before the pitch is even thrown.”

The Yukon Junior High squad completed their summer season this past weekend with a 15-7 loss to Norman North in the semifinals of their postseason tournament.

The young Millers finished the season with a record of 24-9 and had four top-five finishes in tournaments throughout the summer.

“We exceeded our expectations,” Yukon Junior High coach Dakota Haines said. “We improved throughout the summer and I believe the guys learned the proper approach to a baseball game. We played the game the right way.”

Haines said there is a lot of excitement around the program with the some of the young players they have coming up in the system.

“Yukon baseball has a rich history of talented players,” Haines said. “That is going to continue with these young players we have coming up. We are very excited about the future of Miller baseball.”

Haines pointed out one thing the junior high players need to continue to work on as the progress into their high school years.

“They just need to keep working the fundamentals,” Haines said. “These young men are hard workers and they are going to continue to improve in a big way.”

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