That’s just the method preferred to be followed by Mooresville’s Quin Ferguson when getting his baseball point across.
The results speak volumes.
Described as soft spoken and, when speaking, one of few words, Ferguson pieced together a stellar senior season with Blue Devils during their successful trek towards the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class championship crown.
“Good luck,’’ said Jeff Burchett, Mooresville’s 21 st -season head coach, when approached about the speak ability of one of his on-the-field leaders. “I can’t get much out of him myself. He might say ‘No, sir,’ or ‘Yes, sir,’ when I ask him questions. Other than that, he doesn’t have much to say. He’s probably one of the quietest teenagers I’ve ever been around.”
No need for words.
Ferguson hung up the kind of personalized numbers that leave many of his counterparts speechless. In fact, they wound up so impressive that he has been selected as the Statesville Record & Landmark’s Baseball Player of the Year.
A returning starter as an outfielder, Ferguson batted a robust .314 to account for one of nearly a starting line-up full of Devils hitters surpassing the .300 mark. Swinging from the left side of the plate, he paced Mooresville with his four triples and tied for the team lead with his five home runs. He was the team leader in runs batted with 30 while staying busy scoring 35 runs of his own. He was able to parlay his .450 on-base percentage into the swiping of a team-high 16 stolen bases.
It only after Ferguson found his proper place in the batting order that he really began to flourish according to his coach.
After toying with the line-up through the midway mark of the season, Burchett made the decision to hit the lefty-swinging Ferguson in the crucial clean-up position in the lineup.
“It was like flipping a switch,’’ said Burchett. “We had tried several players in the number four hole, but we weren’t getting the kind of production that we wanted and needed. Once Quin slipped in there, it was like he was made for it. He came up with the big hits, drove in some big runs and, with his speed, gave us quite a spark. It really made a big difference.”
Based on his regular-season accomplishments alone, Ferguson was an easy selection as one of the representatives from the Devils to be selected for All-I-Meck Conference recognition.
Once entering the playoffs, Ferguson stayed on target.
During the course of the NCHSAA 4A class West Region championship series against fellow state semifinalist Ronald Reagan, he made a bid to be considered for top individual attention in the two-game set by coming within a single of connecting for the equivalent of a cycle.
He legged out a triple and drove home a teammate in the opening game win before swatting a home run and clubbing a double good for the accounting of another run batted in during the second game propelling the Blue Devils into the state championship series.
“It would be really difficult for me to single out any one player to credit for our season’s success,” said Burchett, “but Quin is definitely right up there among them. I like to consider him a big part of a many-headed monster that we could rely on to come through for us at any time. We would have been hard-pressed to duplicate the kind of effort we had without his leadership and contributions. I’m glad he was on our side.”
Ferguson’s ability has not gone unnoticed outside the Blue Devils camp.
He is already signed to a baseball scholarship offer to join the baseball program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke beginning later this year.
ALL-COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM
Pitchers: Cameron Arnold, Lake Norman; Nick Merriman, Mooresville; Justin Poris, Mooresville; Carter Sheppard, Lake Norman
Catcher: Davis Turner, Mooresville
First base: Cameron Clonch, Mooresville
Second base: Trevor McHouell, Mooresville
Shortstop: Blake Burchett, Mooresville
Third base: Gage Smith, Lake Norman
Outfielders: Vance Anderson, Lake Norman; Quin Ferguson, Mooresville; Tafton Hensley, Mooresville
Utility: Garrett Page, South Iredell
Honorable mention: Dylan Arment, Lake Norman; Carson Arnold, Lake Norman; David Brannen, South Iredell; John Faulkenberry, Mooresville; Jack Fortin, South Iredell; Josh Graham, West Iredell; Brandon Groce, West Iredell; Colby McHargue, West Iredell; Cole Robbins, Lake Norman; Mason Staz, North Iredell; Ty Staz, North Iredell; Rudd Ulrich, Lake Norman