Wildcats can win in more ways than one

By wbng sports

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM EDT

Hancock, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hancock senior pitcher Ryan Smith has given up just one hit in his last two outings. That includes a no-hitter in the state regional finals to move the Wildcats within a game of the Class D state title.

While coach Brandon Olbrys hasn't penciled Smith in as a starter for Saturday's state semifinal game, he said it's the likely scenario.

But what if they get to the finals?

Hancock would likely turn to senior catcher Eli Holton, and if that's the case they'll feel very comfortable.

"He has that ultimate competitor mentality. I don't care if it's shuffleboard, the kid wants to win," said Olbrys. "He pitched in our MAC Championship game against a team that slapped him around no less than six days before that. He went out there, and he didn't dominate the game but he kept us in the game and that's all pitchers are trying to do."

"The MAC Championship, I pitched in against Sidney," said Holton. "That was probably the most pressure I've been under as a pitcher. So I'll be alright."

Hancock plays Heuvelton Central on Saturday at 1 p.m. at SUNY Broome.

If the Wildcats get to the finals, that would be at 4 p.m. on Saturday.