Uncle’s love inspires Montgomery Central’s baseball star – Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
Bill Hamilton’s focus and approach at the plate remains steady. He’s had the same routine for three years. He steps into the box and waits.
Sometimes, Hamilton is too patient. It’s enough to make his Montgomery Central baseball coaches a little on edge. But Hamilton may be the best two-strike hitter that the Indians baseball program has ever produced. And for a coach like Todd Dunn, who has been the head coach for more than 30 years, there are few better that he can remember.
Bill Hamilton has been a wrecking ball for three years at Montgomery Central but it was his uncle that planted the seed for Hamilton’s baseball career.
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“You know the best thing about Bill is his acceptance to buy into what we teach here,” Dunn said. “He’s been a tremendous leader in that regard in years past. We’re still trying to get some other guys to buy in but if they follow Bill’s lead, we’ll be a very, very good team.”
Hamilton not only plays for his teammates, he also plays for the person who helped to foster a love of baseball.
“My uncle Gary, he was real passionate about baseball and it sort of rubbed off on me,” Hamilton said. “He died a few years ago, but heÂ was the guy who would come over to our house, make a cup of coffee and we’d always sit down and watch a baseball game.”
Hamilton’s talent has not gone unnoticed. He’s already showed some interest from colleges and a few pro scouts. At 6-foot-3 and 220Â pounds, he already has the size of a professional baseball player and he’s been a menace at the plate for the past three years. Last year, he led Montgomery County players in batting with a .462 average. This season, he’s off to another hot start at the plate for the Indians (4-3). Through seven games, he’s batting .556 with four doubles and a home run and nine RBIs for a team that hasÂ won four straight games.
Hamilton, a Vol State signee, likes to keep is approach at the plate simple. He rarely guesses at pitches and tries to keep his mind uncluttered.
“And defensively, when he’s not pitching, he’s playing shortstop,” Dunn said.
While most high school shortstops are small, thinÂ and a wirey frame,Â Dunn knows he’s got his best all-around athlete manning one of the most important defensive positions.
“He’s our best baserunner as well,” Dunn said. “I know he’s big but he’s just a naturally gifted athlete.
Hamilton comes from an athletic family. Although His uncle âÂ who instilled the love the baseball in Bill before passing away of cancer three years ago âÂ did not play, his brother Brandon was a two-sport star at Central, his mother was an athlete at Houston County and his father was a high school star in Florida before playing football at Austin Peay from 1982-85.
“I’ve been around sports my whole lifeÂ so it’s natural to me, but I love baseball,” Hamilton said. “It reminds me of my uncle, and I loved the time we spent talking about it, watching it and playing it. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.”
Reach Prep writer George Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (931) 245-0747 and on Twitter @Cville_Sports.Â