"It's about her this year," said Bison assistant coach Don Meierhoff
To be the best pitcher in Class AA you have to really want it.
"Her work ethic to make herself the best pitcher has really developed over the years," Meierhoff said. "We count on her a lot."
No one commands the circle in the state of Montana quite like Great Falls High pitcher Erin Hocker.
"There's a lot of pressure and you just don't let it get to you," she said.
Just looking at the numbers, you wouldn't think the Bison hurler feels any stress.
"I'm a little sassy when I go out there, it just happens, you go out there with a little bit of attitude and confidence," Erin said.
Throughout her varsity career Erin's won more than 73% of the games she pitches in. And on average, she allows less than 1.7 runs per game.
"I've become more consistent over the years, I've been working on spin, and working on getting my speed up," Erin said of her improvements.
If you're the Bison coaching staff, with Erin on your side, you'll go into battle against whomever any day of the week.
"Every pitch I call she's able to throw it and throw it where she wants. Good luck hitters," Meierhoff said.
Although she has the resume to be Gatorade Player of the Year, Erin's goals aren't about what she can accomplish individually. Her focus is on her team.
"I want to do what's best for them, that's the most important thing to me. I just relax and do my thing."