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.
"I told my friends who couldn't be there that I was going to hit one out for them," Ellis said. "That (hit) was big for our confidence."
All tournament the Millerettes played with a business-like attitude, knowing it hadn't accomplished anything until the championship was theirs.
It was that tunnel vision approach that kept freshman pitcher Kilee Halbert in the game and not frustrated. After a bad collision at home plate in the second inning, Halbert brushed herself off and fought for her third win of the tournament.
Tied 5-5 in the top of the fourth, Yukon took control as senior Skyler Leathers had a two-run single and sophomore Madi Ellis launched a two-run homer of her own.
"Every game our focus was to try to get one run every inning," coach Jennifer Leonard said. "If we fell behind early, we always knew we had time to get it back."
It is Yukon's first championship since 2000. The Millerettes close the year at 33-7.