Yukon finishes the job, earns 6A softball title
Last year's disappointment fuels this year's celebration
This was supposed to be the scene for the Yukon softball team last year. A championship, a celebration of a dominant season.
The Millerettes had earned that right all through the 2009 year. But a broken foot to pitcher Dani Fox negated a title ceremony. Without their star, Yukon fought hard but ultimately fell short.
Yukon had to watch Broken Arrow eliminate it in the state tournament and then watch the Tigers earn their second consecutive state championship.
It wasn't about to happen again.
Yukon finished what it started last year with an 11-6 win against Jenks in the Class 6A state championship Saturday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
"This means the world to me right now," junior Whitney Ellis said. "I'm sad because it's the final time I'll get to play with this senior class, but I'm happy because I'll get another chance next year. We felt we could have been here last year."
In the end, it was the painful experience from last year that was the driving force for this season.
And it was state experience Jenks didn't have to fall back on. The Trojans reached state for the first time and stumbled in the championship.
After playing solid defense the first two days, the Trojans ended up with nine errors in the final five innings Saturday.
It was Ellis that got things rolling for the Yukon offense. She had an RBI single in the first and two-run home run in the third.
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