OSSAA 6A Regional Preview: Yukon Regional


Scott Hood
Staff Writer

The big school regionals are across the state this week and for the first time in nearly two years we have elimination baseball in the spring. After a packed spring of covering high school baseball and many of the top prospects on each team at all levels, PBR takes an in-depth look at each team in every 6A regional. Each team is spotlighted with a look at their team profile and outlook as well as a few of their impact players who have stood out this spring and players to watch as they enter the postseason.

YUKON MILLERS

OVERALL RECORD: 28-7

DISTRICT RECORD: 10-2

The Millers enter the postseason as one of the hotter teams in the state winning 7 out of their last 8 games while outscoring their opponents 74 to 10 en route to securing their District title.  They can beat you multiple different ways with a gritty lineup mixed with some star power in the middle of the order.  What is most impressive has been their pitching and ability to defend at a high level.  They average throughout the season only allowing 2.54 runs per game which makes them incredibly difficult to beat in a Postseason setting and combined with their lineup should make them primed for a run over the next couple of weeks.  

IMPACT PLAYERS

CARSON BENGE, RHP/3B, 2021 – Arguably the best two-way player in the State of Oklahoma, the Senior third baseman and starting pitcher has put together a monster season for the Millers.  At the plate he has shown the ability to handle good pitching with power to all fields along with showing his patience at the plate.  There aren’t too many players in the state that are stronger at contact than Benge.  On the mound he attacks hitters with a low 90’s fastball and sweepy slider in the mid 70’s.  He pounds the zone and comes right after hitters making you beat him which has been a tall task all season long for opposing offenses.  

LOGAN TROXELL, SS, 2023 – The Sophomore short stop has jumped onto the scene this season for the Millers as a table setter at the top of the lineup.  Troxell plays excellent defense in the middle of the diamond and has a short and compact swing that he uses to drive line drives from line-to-line.  

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

AIDEN ALEXANDER, OF, 2022

ISAAC PEARSON, RHP, 2022

TREVIN PETTIGREW, 1B, 2023

 

NORMAN NORTH TIMBERWOLVES

OVERALL RECORD: 24-8

DISTRICT RECORD: 9-5

The Timberwolves got off to a fast start this year winning 10 of their first 11 games and haven’t really looked back since.  Outside of one 3 game losing streak, Norman North hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season long which should bode well in a playoff setting.  Their biggest attribute has been not beating themselves and they do all the little things well that help pull off victories.  Their offense has shown the ability to catch fire this year scoring double digits in 9 games as well as being able to hold opponents to 1 run or less in 9 games.  

IMPACT PLAYERS  

JACK BUCHOLZ, RHP, 2022 – The Junior right hander has shown the ability to miss bats this Spring with his mid 80’s fastball and big curveball with some depth.  When he is on, he can be very tough to hit and can really rack up the strikeouts in a hurry.

HUNTER JONES, C/RHP, 2021 – The Senior plays big roles on both sides of the ball for the Timberwolves both as their starting catcher and three-hole hitter as well as being their main starter on the mound.  Jones doesn’t have the stuff to wow you on the mound but he knows how to navigate lineups and work deep into ball games.  Offensively he’s charged with a lot of the run production in the middle of the order where he shows some strength at contact and has good gap power. 

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

IBRAHEEM AHMED, INF, 2021

NASH FARRELL, RHP/INF, 2021

BREA ALONZO, OF, 2022

JACKSON LUNDQUIST, INF, 2023

CHOCTAW YELLOWJACKETS

OVERALL RECORD: 20-13

DISTRICT RECORD: 6-6

The Yellowjackets enter postseason play with one of the deeper lineups in all of 6A.  They have some scary hitters all up and down the lineup with a good mix of speed and power.  They have flashed their hitting muscle by scoring double digit runs in 13 games this season including a stretch in the middle of the season where they averaged nearly 16 runs for 5 straight games.  The results have been a bit mixed especially in District play but if the bats can get hot they can be a very tough team to defend against in Regional play.

IMPACT PLAYERS

PHOENIX MEZA, SS, 2022 – The Junior short stop is the most complete hitter in a lineup full of talented bats.  He has good athleticism in the swing and is a good runner as well.  He has shown the ability to handle good pitching with his quick bat and good overall bat speed.

JESSE TISDELL, OF, 2022 – The Junior outfielder and Yellowjackets’ leadoff man sets the table for the offense as well as put pressure on defenses with his blazing speed.  He has a short and compact stroke that can generate very hard line drives with some strength at contact.  Opposing defenses have a hard time keeping him off the bases which bodes well for the big hitters in the middle of the lineup behind him.  

DRAKE FITTRO, OF, 2024 – The Freshman lefty has jumped onto the scene quickly for the Yellowjackets manning his spot at the top of the order.  Even though this is his first year of high school, Fittro’s at bats look very comfortable being able to handle good pitching.  He has a smooth left-handed stroke with really good bat speed and some surprising pop.   

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

GABE DAVIS, RHP, 2022 (Oklahoma State Commit)

RJ JACKSON, 1B, 2023

SPENCER BOLES, OF, 2022

ETHAN RONE, INF, 2022

 

NORTHWEST CLASSEN KNIGHTS

OVERALL RECORD: 5-20

DISTRICT RECORD: 0-14

The Knights entered the 2021 season with a limited roster and only three seniors.  They have played a ton of underclassmen this year and they will be looking for the experience gained throughout the year to be a step forward for the program.  The Knights continue to show some fight down the stretch picking up two wins a week ago in a double header.

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

RAMON NIETO-TERRAZAS, INF, 2023

PATRICK GOOLSBY, INF, 2023