Deer Creek Regional Preview


Scott Hood
OK/MO/KS/ARK Assistant Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report Oklahoma has been all over the State the past few months scouting and covering games bringing you the most comprehensive High School baseball coverage.  Today we take a look at the teams in 6A with looks at their record, district record, Power 25 Rankings wins on the season, players to watch throughout the postseason, as well as a more in-depth look at each team's season and outlook heading out into the postseason.  Follow us on twitter @PBR_Oklahoma as we cover games throughout the next two weeks until the final dog pile of the season.

 

DEER CREEK ANTLERS

OVERALL RECORD: 27-10

DISTRICT RECORD: 12-2 

POWER 25 WINS: 13

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Taylor Tomlin, OF, 2023, Houston Commit

Duncan Key, C, 2022, NEO JC commit

Brett McComas, UTL/RHP, 2022, Cowley commit

Ashton Hartwig, OF, 2024, Uncommitted

Brett Pense, UTL/RHP, 2022, UCO signee

William Brady Hamilton, INF/RHP, 2023, Uncommitted

Miles Lock, INF, 2022, NOC Enid commit

 

Coach Baza's Antlers squad has been in the Top 10 in the Power 25 rankings all season long thanks to numerous big wins and a talented roster on both sides of the ball.  Deer Creek had to overcome a lot of adversity in the preseason after tragically losing a teammate but responded with winning 14 of their first 15 games.  They have a very diverse lineup featuring speed at the top with Taylor Tomlin in the leadoff spot creating havoc on the bases behind a slew of proven hitters in Duncan Key, Brett McComas, and now an emerging Ashton Hartwig.  They do a good job of stretching the lineup with some experienced hitters throughout the lineup giving opposing pitching staffs no room to breath.  Where they have the most upside is on the mound with a pair of arms in McComas and Brett Pense giving them a good chance to pick up wins in those important first two games in the regional.   They also have one of the top finishers in the back end in the bullpen in the State in William Brady Hamilton who has shown the ability to pick up multiple innings to close out ball games.  This Deer Creek squad is talented and experienced making them a true contender at a deep run to a State Title.

 

NORMAN TIGERS

OVERALL RECORD: 22-10

DISTRICT RECORD: 9-5

POWER 25 WINS: 4

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Conner Goodson, 1B/RHP, 2022, Grinnell College commit

Ben Huntley, C/RHP/OF, 2022, Uncommitted

Ryan Huntley, INF, 2022, Uncommitted

Clayton Moore, INF/RHP, 2023, Uncommitted

Dax Noles, INF, 2024, Uncommitted

 

Coach Merrell's squad quietly put together a very consistent season of winning and got off to a hot start winning 10 of their first 12 games.  They have shown the ability to be compete against some of the best teams in the state thanks to their experienced roster featuring 11 seniors.  They have been getting good outings on the mound lately from Connor Goodson, Ben Huntley, and Clayton Moore who recently worked a 7 inning no hitter against rival Norman North picking up 10 strikeouts along the way.  Those three arms give Norman the type of depth on the mound to make a real run in the regional.  Offensively they use their experience to their advantage with multiple guys who have shown the ability to get it done in the past.  Getting the bats going early will be a big key for Norman to allow those talented starting pitchers to navigate through lineups multiple times to give themselves the best chance to escape the regional and head to the State Tournament.

 

YUKON MILLERS

OVERALL RECORD: 20-15

DISTRICT RECORD: 8-6

POWER 25 WINS: 6

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Aiden Alexander, OF, 2022, NOC Enid commit

Trevin Pettigrew, INF/LHP, 2023, Uncommitted

Chance Owens, OF/LHP, 2024, Uncommitted

Parker Means, INF, 2022, Uncommitted

Isaac Pearson, RHP, 2022 Uncommitted

Colton Strange, C, 2023, Uncommitted

Heath Brown, C, 2022, Oklahoma City University commit

Logan Troxell, INF, 2023, Uncommitted

 

It has been a bit of an up and down season for the Millers after getting off to a slower start than usual and taking their lumps in the middle of the season.  Here recently Dale Pearson has stepped in as the interim head coach and the Millers have really started to turn it around winning 9 of their past 11 games including their last four highlighted by last week's 13-11 victory against number one Bixby.  You cannot look at their record and get a clear picture of the Millers as they have a very experienced club that has just recently started to find their footing in 2022.  It starts at the top of the order with one of the more electric players in the State in Aiden Alexander setting the table.  Trevin Pettigrew has done a good job of becoming more physical in the middle of the order along with Heath Brown, Colton Strange, and Parker Means all having a ton of experience getting it done at a high level.  Don't take the Millers for granted in this one as they have an experienced roster that has seen success and are coming into regional play playing their best baseball of the season.

 

CAPITOL HILL REDWOLVES

OVERALL RECORD: 12-25

DISTRICT RECORD: 0-14

POWER 25 WINS: 0

 

Coach Moore's Redwolves have done a good job throughout the year in picking up wins against teams that fit their level picking up 12 wins on the year.  It has largely been a struggle in District games with the offense having a hard time getting going in games and limiting opposing offenses.  There is a lot to look forward to in their younger roster featuring multiple underclassmen and only graduating 5 seniors.  Giving these younger players on the roster the valuable experience at the Varsity level with continue to pay dividends for the future of the program.

 

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