“It was his ability to mix his fastball and curveball well,” Hancock coach Brandon Olbrys said of Smith. “He did an outstanding job of putting guys away when he got up in the count.”
Lane Bass’ two-run single gave the Wildcats a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Bass and Eli Holton had two hits apiece for Hancock (6-2), which will travel to Delhi on Monday.
Hancock 7, Greene 1
Greene 010 000 0 - 1 5 4
Hancock 410 110 x - 7 7 2
Lane Whittaker (L), Cole Browning (4) and Dalton Brown. Ryan Smith (W,4-0) and Eli Holton. 2B: Eli Holton (H). HR: Alex Kozisky (G).
Edmeston 10, Milford 9
Linton Wainright had three hits, two runs and an RBI for Edmeston, which rallied from five runs down after one inning for a Tri-Valley League road victory.
Down to their last out, the Panthers scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 10-8 lead.
Lucas Miller sparked the spurt with a two-out double, setting up Bryan Head for an RBI single that tied the score. Josh Nicolosi then walked to move Head into scoring position for Wainright, whose single plated the go-ahead run and put runners at the corners.
Edmeston’s final run came when Wainright got caught in a rundown on a steal attempt, allowing Nicolosi to score from third.
All three runs came off Stephen Banks, who relieved starter Peyton Griffiths in the seventh.
“Peyton’s pitch-count got up there, so it was time to make the move,” said Milford coach Andrew Griffiths, who is Peyton’s father. “Stephen got the first two outs, but they rallied. Those (Edmeston) kids battled hard and they didn’t give up one bit.”
Banks rallied Milford in the bottom of the seventh with a double to the left side that put runners at second and third. Jordan Colone, who was hit by a pitch to start the at-bats, later scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by Kevin Musser.