A scout from the Chicago Cubs might have seen what he wanted to at Hilldale’s game on Monday.
He saw Hilldale senior catcher Jarrard Poteete blast a two-out solo home run over the right center field fence in the eighth inning, lifting the Hornets to the 7-6 victory against the Red Oak Eagles.
It was one of his two hits in the game and he threw out a baserunner trying to steal second base in the second inning as Hilldale, ranked No. 8 in the Okrankings.com Class 4A poll, improved to 13-3 for the season.
Poteete connected on a 2-2 fastball over the middle of the plate for his sixth home run of the season.
“I got behind in the count and everybody in the dugout was talking about it,” he said. “He threw some off-speed to get ahead of me. I fouled off a couple pitches. He had to throw me a fastball and I felt like it was coming. I just made contact.
“I wanted to hit it hard. I try to hit it hard every time out. I’m not going to lie to you. It doesn’t always work that way. It did that time.”
Devin Derryberry (4-1), the third pitcher used by the Class B No. 2 Eagles, said he was trying to throw the ball away from Poteete.
“When he made contact, I knew he’d hit it pretty well,” Derryberry said. “He’s pretty good and going to go some place good.”
The Atlanta Braves have also been at Poteete’s games this season.
“You kind of get used to (having scouts at the games),” he said. “That comes from playing competitive baseball in the summer. I try not to think about the scouts. They just want to see you play the game, you try to play and I let everything else happen.”
Derek Altman (2-1), pitching five innings of relief, earned the win.
“He struggled early but he settled in and did a great job,” Hilldale coach Darren Riddle said. “Red Oak has a good team.”
Red Oak (13-6), the defending state champion, had tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the seventh when Tyler Parks stole home plate. Parks doubled and advanced to third on a single by Dylan Fazkas before scoring.
Fazekas also had a two-run home run in the third and Bryce Deatherage singled three times for the Eagles.
Hilldale took a 6-5 lead in the sixth when Dalton Cunningham slapped a two-run single, scoring Bryatt Alexander and Colby Mullens. Mullens singled twice.
The Hornets travel to Owasso today to play in the Owasso Nike/Pro 9 Tournament, facing Tulsa Edison at 3 p.m. and Jenks at 5:30. Riddle’s squad also plays Berryhill on Wednesday and Ardmore on Thursday.