Former ICC All-Region pitcher looks to make history in Brooklyn

Former ICC All-Region 23 pitcher Chris Hilliard is one step closer to making history in Brooklyn.

The Cyclones, Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, defeated the Batavia Muckdogs (27-19) 14-4 on Thursday to give Hilliard his New York-Pennsylvania league-leading seventh win of the season. The win moved the former North Pontotoc Viking two games away from the Cyclone’s win record.

Hilliard (7-1) has a 4.50 earned run average (ERA) with a walk to hit per inning pitched ratio (WHIP) of 1.33 in 54.0 innings pitched in 10 starts. He has allowed 34 runs, 27 earned, while striking out 34 and issuing 11 walks to 239 batters faced this season.

In 2008, the Ecru native was a unanimous first team All-Region 23 selection after posting an 11-2 record with six complete games and a 4.41 ERA. Later that June, he was drafted by the Mets in the 38th round of the MLB Amateur Draft.

The southpaw made his professional debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League where he finished with 17 strikeouts and only two walks in 15.2 innings of work, including a run of seven-straight scoreless appearances.

In 2009, he earned Pitcher of the Year honors for the Kingsport Mets, a Rookie League affiliate of the New York Mets. He led the staff with a 2.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP average, and finished the year with 3-3 while allowing just 38 hits and seven walks in 41 innings pitched.

Adam Gore/ICC Sports Information Department