After suffering their first loss of the 2017 season last Saturday, the Miller softball team has responded well.
Yukon fell to Westmoore in the semifinal round of the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Tournament but rebounded to take third-place in the event.
The Millers were back in action Monday when they hosted Putnam City. The first two innings didn’t look to promising for Yukon. The Millers fell behind 2-0 and were struggling offensively against the junk-ball pitcher the Lady Pirates had in the circle.
Then the bottom of the third-inning came around and the flood gates opened for the Yukon bats.
Aleyah Holman got the inning started with a walk followed by a Rylee Uhr hit a single. Hannah Hurtz walked to get the bases loaded and that’s when Chyenne Factor entered the batter’s box.
Factor hit a single up the middle scoring a run and then Breley Webb came up and drove in two more Yukon runs with a single of her own to give the Millers their first lead.
Bre Johnson joined the singles party with one of her own following Webb and then a safety squeeze from Ashlyn Bruce scored another run for Yukon.
Then, Anna Icenhower came to the plate. With the bases loaded, Icenhower cranked a homerun over the left center wall for a grand slam and break the game open. The Millers now led 8-2. Hurtz would drive in another run for Yukon and Factor would drive two more putting the Millers up 11-2 before the inning was over.
Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth innings but in the bottom of the sixth, Icenhower came back up and with a runner on second base, she drove in another run with a single up the middle to seal the run-rule victory 12-2 for Yukon.
The win improved the Millers’ record to 21-1-1 this season. Webb got the start in the circle and she got the win. Johnson came in in relief for Webb in the fourth inning and pitched the final three frames.
Yukon will be back in action Friday when they began play in the University of Central Oklahoma Tournament.