By Chuck Reherman
EDMOND – Softball can be a roller coaster ride of emotions and momentum.
It had all that Monday night at Deer Creek.
Both teams ran the gambit of emotions and momentum for 10 innings until Deer Creek’s Ashlee Hogg’s walk-off RBI base hit gave the Lady Antlers an 8-7 District 6A-2 win over the Millerettes.
The Millerettes led four times in the game, but each time Deer Creek would find a way to come back and tie the contest in the ore than three-hour long affair. The loss drops the Millerettes to 14-12 on the season and 6-6 in district play with two games remaining. YHS has sealed fourth place in the district and can’t move up any higher. Edmond Memorial leads the district race with a 12-1 record and Westmoore and Deer Creek are tied for second at 9-2.
“It was a roller coaster ride and heartbreaking to not see them come away with that,” Millerette head coach Katy Hoke said. “I Just really want them to win one of those ball games. We have been on the losing end every time, we haven’t been able to finish it and I just really want that for them.
“The players fought really hard in that ball game,” she said. “It was a heck of a ball game on both sides. I thought our girls played really well, they hit the ball, moved runners, picked up runners. It was just their (Deer Creek’s) night.”
Each time the Millerettes looked to have the game in hand, Deer Creek would come back and tie the contest.
With the game tied 7-7 in the 10th, the teams went to the international tiebreaker (which means the last batter out goes to second. The Millerettes had two runners on base after AJ Rayburn was issued an intentional walk, but YHS couldn’t get either runner home.
With two out and Rylee Houska on second, Hogg hit a deep line drive off the centerfield wall to score Houska with the game winner.
“It is a choice and decided at the plate before the game,” Hoke said about the ITB. “Every district game that we have gone to has decided to start ITB at 10. A coach can refuse it a the plate during the coaches meeting, but most of us by that point we need to make something happen and not let it go that long.
“Jaycee (McKee) pitched her tail off,” she added. “You really can’t ask that much more from them.”
Deer Creek scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh when Cayman Casey was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Millerettes worked out of the jam and the game went to extra innings.
Yukon regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by McKee. McKee drove in Rayburn, who had drawn a walk and stole second.
But the Lady Antlers scored in the bottom of the eighth scored on an Millerette error that kept the game going.
Yukon had rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the third on a two-run scoring double by Tori Hughes. Taryn Blazevich had singled and Rayburn reached on an error before Hughes’ base hit drove in both runners for a 2-1 lead.
It looked like the Millerettes would take control of the game in the fifth inning, pushing three runs across the board for a 5-2 lead.
Marlee Warden, who came up big for the Millerettes in the late innings, doubled home the go-ahead run, Maddie Ogle reached on an error that scored Warden and Krysana Pellett doubled to send home the third run of the inning.
Deer Creek, though, on an RBI single by Ashlyn Keihn, a bases loaded walk to Charley Carson and an RBI single from Casey.
The inning ended with a bit of tempers flaring after Bailey Nettles crashed into Pellett at the plate. Pellett held onto the ball for the third out and Nettles was ejected from the game.
Warden gave the Millerettes a 6-5 lead in the seventh on a solo home run.
The Millerettes will host Northwest Classen in their final district game on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be Senior Night with seniors recognized before the game.