By ANDRES MARTINEZ
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Andrew Eilers figures the Quincy High School baseball team could have had a few more extra base hits were it not for the wind.
"We had a few hits that if the wind hadn't been there, they would have been a double or maybe a triple," Eilers said. "We just had to get on top of the ball, put it in play and hit the holes."
Eilers and the Blue Devils still pounded out 11 hits -- 10 of them singles -- on a blustery day and beat Springfield Southeast 16-2 in five innings.
"We talked to our guys about hitting the ball and making them make plays," QHS coach Brigham John said. "We hit the ball hard, and we were able to score runs."
QHS took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Eilers led off the game being hit by a pitch. Brad Unmisig reached on an error, and both runners advanced a base on a throwing error. Senior Alex Million then smashed a two-run double, and two batters later, Bryce Unmisig drove in Million with a single.
"We were all seeing the ball well," Million said. "We're finally getting our approaches down, (we're) just getting overall better."
The Blue Devils continued their offensive prowess in the second inning.
Drake Green led off with a walk, and Landon Brown bunted him to second base. Eilers walked, and the pair advanced on a wild pickoff throw. Unmisig walked to load the bases.
Million again delivered, this time with an infield single that drove in Green. Southeast's Nick Lake overthrew first baseman Robbie Cooper on the play, allowing Eilers to score. QHS added two more runs and led 7-0 after two innings.
"We've always been told to just get on base anyway we can," Eilers said.
The Blue Devils scored in every inning, taking advantage of six Spartans errors.
Green was the winning pitcher, allowing just one hit.