Mat Mikesell

Amos' first hit of year keeps Blue Devils' rally alive

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 5, 2018 12:01 am Updated: May. 6, 2018 11:05 am

QUINCY -- Ben Amos was given a bunt sign in his at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday afternoon.

The Quincy High School left fielder made contact, but the ball rolled foul. When he looked down at Quincy coach Brandon Crisp for the signs, he thought he got a different sign, but wasn't exactly sure.

"I had a feeling I was doing something wrong," Amos said. "I had the bunt sign on the first pitch and logic would tell you I'd come back with another bunt."

The logic Amos was using was he entered Quincy's Western Big Six Conference doubleheader against United Township with just three varsity plate appearances resulting in two strikeouts and a walk. He was hitless in his first two at-bats in the nightcap of the twinbill with a groundout and a strikeout.

But Amos believed he saw a different sign.

"I thought he gave me a wipe off and go ahead and swing sign," he said. "So that's what I did."

The honest mistake resulted in the first varsity hit for Amos, and kept the Blue Devils' rally going. Amos later scored the tying run when Trevor Wiemelt hit a grounder that United Township shortstop Payton Sawn couldn't handle. Dax Flowerree followed with a walk-off single to center as Quincy won 5-4 and swept the WB6 doubleheader.

"I think that came at the right time," Amos said. "I think that was the universe working on my side. I don't know how else that could have happened like that."

His base hit also drew the largest cheer from the Blue Devils in the dugout. Amos is playing organized baseball for the first time since eighth grade. He said came out for baseball this year simply because he had friends on the team and wanted to be apart of their bonds that are on the team.

"I'm happy to have him on the team because he's never complained once," Crisp said. "He goes on every trip, and most of the those he doesn't play," "But we had some injuries in the outfield so we plugged him in and wanted to get him some conference time. I'm glad we were able to reward him for that.

"It's going to be a good story at prom tonight."

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