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April 11, 2014

Pioneer baseball gets another big win against Yukon

STILLWATER, Okla. — Yukon and Stillwater squared off for the second time this season. The rematch had some excitement coming into in and it did not disappoint.

Stillwater hosted Yukon on Friday during the Gladys Winters Tournament at Couch Park. The Pioneers used two mistakes by Yukon late to come away with a 7-6 victory.

“(We fell) on top of the world but we all know that on any given night a 6A team can beat us. We have to go out there and give everybody our best shot,” Stillwater senior Carson Teel said.

In the bottom of the sixth inning Ryan Wieligman scored on a passed ball to take a one-run lead at 6-5. Teel scored on another Yukon error to go up 7-5 after six innings.

The Millers were looking to at least tie up the ballgame but were unable to do so and scored just one run.

“They’re the best team on that side of the state and they showed why,” Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said. “They’re winners on that side and have been very successful for a reason.”

Gunner Black tossed six full innings for the Pioneers. He left the game at a 5-5 tie. Black struck out three Millers during his time on the mound.

“For Gunner to bounce back and to make some big pitches I was so proud of him. He had a heck of a game,” Harris said.

Nick Hollman closed the game out but not without some nerves. Hollman entered in the seventh inning and walked the first batter. The Pioneer defense had an error and then Hollman walked another batter. Hollman gave up one run, which brought the score to 7-6.

“It was fun to see Nick come in and get in a bit of a jam and come out of it,” Harris said.

With a runner at third base Yukon’s Jacob Graham was at the plate. Hollman was down 3-0 in the count but tossed two strikes before throwing high and away to get Graham swinging and picking up the victory.

“I was just relieved because it was up and away. If he wouldn’t have swung at that I wouldn’t know what I would’ve done,” Hollman said after getting the last out by strike out.

The Pioneers are now 20-1 this season with a 6-0 record at Couch Park. Stillwater has kept its winning streak going and is now up to 19 wins.

“We have faith that we can go up against Owasso and the bigger schools that we can compete,” Hollman said.

The Pioneers are now 3-1 in games decided by one run. The tight-knit ball games will help Stillwater down the stretch.

“We need those because at one point the dugout wasn’t very involved and at the end you would’ve thought we were in a state championship game. We need those games because we still have Norman, Owasso and Jenks. We’re going to be in some big games,” Harris said.

Brooks Zimmerman may have went 1 for 4 but his one hit was a bomb over the wall to bring in a run in the third inning.

Teel went 3 for 4 and showed his versatility. Teel drove in a run, hit a solo homer, laid down a bunt and scored Stillwater’s seventh run of the contest.

“(Versatility) helps me a lot because if I’m not swinging it good I’ll just lay one down,” Teel said.

Yukon took the first swing in the rematch as its leadoff batter Will Pickens was able to reach home in the first inning.

The Pioneers struck back in the second as Teel was at the plate and had Harrison Cornforth at third and Wieligman at second. Teel hit a grounder to the shortstop but used his speed to be able to reach first which allowed Cornforth to reach home. With the game tied at 1-1 T.J. Black was able to come up with a hit to take a 2-1 lead as Wieligman scored.

The Millers answered with a run in the top of the third to tie it up at 2-2 off of a Stillwater error.

Stillwater reclaimed the lead after hot-hitting Zimmerman knocked over a two-run home run scoring Jon Littell, who got on base by being walked. The Pioneers led 4-2 after the long-distance shot to left center field.

Carson Teel also added to the Pioneer lead when he sent the baseball over the right field wall for a 5-2 advantage. Teel’s home run was the second of the game for Stillwater.

Stillwater’s lead dwindled quick as Yukon was able to connect with the ball in the fifth. The Millers had four hits in the inning and forced Stillwater to an error as well. YHS put up three runs to tie up the ball game midway through five innings.

Stillwater withstood the Millers’ attempt at winning and came out on top 7-6 — beating Yukon for the second time this year.

“(Yukon) is a good ballclub. They give our best shot every time and we gave them our best shot today and we came out on top,” Teel said.

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