On April 21st the Hamilton Community honored the 1983 Big Blue Baseball Team that went on to be crowned OHSAA class AAA State Champions.
Big Blue finished the regular season with a record of 22-2 before making an incredible tournament run taking down Talawanda, Mt. Healthy, Oak Hills, Aiken, Alter, Trotwood Madison and Grove City to earn them a spot in the championship game against Austintown-Fitch. The Big Blue went on to out slug Austintown-Fitch by a score of 14-10.
In 1983 Hamilton set two State Final records and had two players tie state records. They collected 25 hits in the semi-final game against Grove City and scored 39 runs in the two games played. Two players, David Jones and Tim Fischer, also tied a record of most hits in a game (4) in the Grove City game. Many of the players were able to go on and play college baseball after graduation and three were professionally drafted.
The Hamilton Baseball team roster included:
Tim Fischer, Mike Jones, Tom Janosik, Mark Martin, Dave Jones, Barry Stang, Doug Garland, Darrell Moore, Todd Morgan, Bryan Jackson, Jeff Gabbard, current Big Blue Head Coach Joey Lewis, Mike Conley, Gaven McQueen, Rob Huffman, Chris Weber, Tim Hackney, Mike Thompson, Dan Hartleb, Greg Brickles
Coached by Tony Schott and Hamilton City School Athletic Hall of Fame member Dan Bowling
Hamilton High School Administration at the time helped the team out tremendously
Principal – Hank Miller
Athletic Director – Mike Distaola
Athletic Trainer – John “JR” Ross
Congratulations to everyone apart of the team! We hope to bring home another State Championship.