Top-seeded Hancock scored six times in the fourth inning and then held on for a Section Four Class D 7-5 semifinal victory over Milford at home on Tuesday.
The Wildcats (17-4), champions of the Midstate Athletic Conference, advanced to the sectional final for the sixth time in seven years. They’ve won the last four sectional titles and advanced to the Class D state final last season, losing to Fort Ann.
Milford (14-5), the fourth seed, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Stephen Banks before Hancock responded with its big inning.
Ryan Smith, who went 2-for-3, began the fourth inning with a base hit. He came around to score on a single by Preston Walker to tie the score. The Wildcats then received a two-run double from Seth Simmons and a two-run homer by Zach Worobey that made it 6-1.
Paul Van Warner hit a two-run single as Milford pulled to 6-3 in the fifth inning.
Eli Holton’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth gave Hancock a 7-3 lead.
Milford scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Van Warner went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Milford.
Hancock will face MAC rival Deposit (12-7) in the final at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Damaschke Field.
‘‘They are a very athletic team,’’ Hancock coach Brandon Olbrys said of the Lumberjacks.
Hancock defeated Deposit, 10-4, in April.
‘‘It should be fun, but it is baseball and anything can happen,’’ Olbrys said.
Hancock 7, Milford 5
SECTION FOUR CLASS D
4-Milford 000 121 1 - 5 6 0
1-Hancock 000 610 0 - 7 8 1
William Ward (L), Paul Van Warner (4) and Blake Elliott. Eli Holton (W), Ryan Smith (S,7) and Lane Bass. 2B: Stephen Banks (M), Ryan Tooley (H), Seth Simmons (H). HR: Zach Worobey (H).