Hancock, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For a while now, the Hancock baseball team has won. Make it five sectional titles in five years for the Wildcats.
"Expectations are different," said Hancock head coach Brandon Olbrys. "People expect us to compete at the sectional level, at the state level."
It's a culture change Olbrys has overseen since he took over as head coach six years ago.
"He just makes us so much better," said senior pitcher Ryan Smith. "Showing up to practice on time -- it's just the little things."
"He wants to win as badly as we do -- or even more," said senior catcher Eli Holton. "He teaches us how to win correctly and pushes us."
It's redundant, but the key to the Wildcats' recent winning streak is...winning.
Let Coach Olbrys explain.
"[It's] not just winning championships, but winning the day," said Olbrys. "Win at practice, win on the field, win in the classroom."
"Baseball usually helps us with school work and other stuff like that," said Holton. "Just to try to get the best out of we do."
"They all believe in the same philosophy and achieving the same goals," Olbrys added.
There is one goal that's alluded them.
"Kids dream about it all the time: just making it to, or winning, a sectional championship," said Smith. "Winning at states is so much bigger."
"We're going to take it one game at a time, we've still got to get through regionals," said Holton. "If we do make it and win it, we're going to be excited. We're going to be happy. We're just going to have fun doing that."
In less than two weeks, the Wildcats could be state champions. All they have to do is win.