Albion youth wins $250 from The Batavian in home run contest
Friday night, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Batavia Muckdogs infielder Alan Ahmady smashed a home run over The Batavian's right field promotional sign. The opposite field shot from the right-handed slugger made the game an especially memorable one for Jacoby Miller of Albion. Miller was the lucky fan that night to have his name drawn in The Batavian's Fifth Inning Home Run Contest. He won $250, which he picked up at The Batavian's office this afternoon. We also presented him with an autographed baseball from Ahmady.
Ahmady, from Fresno Calif. (my parents and a brother live just a couple of hours south in the same San Joaquin Valley in Bakersfield), is one of the Cardinals top prospects. Maybe some day that autographed ball will be worth more than $250.
The home run was Ahmady's first as a professional player (just to be clear, the autographed ball is not the one he hit over the sign -- I don't know what happened to that ball -- hopefully it was retrieved and given to Ahmady for his own collection).
Miller's father, Kevin, said Friday night, "This is something he will never forget." Today, Kevin Miller told me he and both his sons are huge baseball fans and they attend many Muckdogs games.