Deer Creek’s Hott taking clutch genes to Baylor
Emily Hott never forgot the adrenaline rush she felt a few years ago.
She was not yet old enough to drive, but playing in a 16-and-under softball league. She was in the batter’s box in a game-winning situation, and she delivered a hit for the first time.
“I loved that feeling so much and it pushed me more,” she said.
Hott couldn’t stop there.
The senior shortstop delivered multiple times this fall for Deer Creek.
A walk-off home run or hit. A game-winning
home run to clinch a berth in the state tournament.
They were all part of a huge senior season in which Hott led the Antlers to the state semifinals in just their second Class 6A season. She is The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year.
“You get into a situation and she’s the kid you want at the plate or the other team hitting the ball to,” Deer Creek coach Lacy Darity said. “Her clutch ability this year is kind of uncanny.”
A year after Deer Creek missed the state tournament, Hott was motivated to lead her team back to the eight-team field.
Hott, who will play next season at Baylor, batted .465 with five home runs, 13 doubles and two triples. She also stole 14 bases, drove in 27 runs and scored a teamhigh 48 runs.
“They’re getting a player that can do anything they ask her to do,” Darity said of Hott’s ability at Baylor. “She can do everything at the plate.”
The first walk-off of the year came Aug. 20. Locked in a 1-1 game with district rival Edmond North, Hott belted a homer to win the game.
She later added a walkoff hit in a run-rule win over Edmond Memorial.
In the regional tournament championship, Hott drove in the only runs in a 2-0 win over Choctaw with a home run.
“I’m just blessed that I came up in those situations,” Hott said. “That’s pretty much why I play the game.”
Deer Creek’s Emily Hott is the Big All-City Player of the Year.