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June 16, 2013

Hancock junior ties state baseball record

Staff Report

Hancock's Eli Holton tied a state record for most runs batted in during a single high school baseball season as the junior catcher finished 2013 with 60 RBIs.

Citing the website nysphsaa.org, Hancock coach Brandon Olbrys said via email Thursday that Holton matched Thomas A. Edison graduate Zac Bellinger for the state record. Bellinger set the record during his Class C State Player of the Year senior season in 2011 for the Spartans, who defeated Sidney, 3-2, in the Section Four Class C championship game that year.

Bellinger played one season of Division I baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University before transferring to Division II The College of Saint Rose for the 2013 season. He earned an East Region Second Team Gold Glove award as a sophomore first baseman this past season.

Holton matched Bellinger's state record with a home run that led Hancock to a 3-2 victory in eight innings over Section Three's New York Mills in a Class D state quarterfinal.

Hancock went on to beat Section 11's Smithtown Christian, 4-1, in the state semifinals. Ryan Smith, also a junior, earned his 10th victory of the season in the state semifinal and moved to 25-3 as a varsity pitcher.

The Wildcats' 20-6 season ended with a 14-0 loss to Section Two's Fort Ann in the state final, which marked Hancock's first appearance in a baseball state championship game.

Olbrys also said that senior standout Tyler Phillips amassed 171 varsity hits at Hancock. His all-time hit total is tied for ninth in state history, according to nysphsaa.org.

Phillips will play at Herkimer County Community College next season, said Olbrys, whose program has won four straight sectional championships. Phillips will join a roster that includes 2012 Class B State Player of the Year Ben Moxley, who helped Oneonta High win the 2012 Class B state baseball championship. 

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