Yukon finishes the job, earns 6A softball title

Last year's disappointment fuels this year's celebration
By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: October 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm •  Published: October 16, 2010

"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.

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