Deer Creek’s Hott tak­ing clutch genes to Bay­lor

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - ED­MOND — Jacob Un­ruh jun­[email protected] ok­la­homan.com

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.”

[PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

Deer Creek’s Emily Hott is the Big All-City Player of the Year.

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