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.

“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 he 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 220 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…