Miller baseball ends in hard-fought battle

The Miller Cardinals baseball squad has struggled a bit this season following a tremendous 19-5 season a year ago. They sit at just 6-10 heading into the Class 2 District 12 tournament where they received the bottom seed. They opened the tournament taking on the three-seed Skyline.
Miller struck first as junior Garrett Stewart led off the game reaching on an error and scored. Miller's second inning didn’t look to be nearly as promising as the first two batters struck out. Then freshman Colton Brown got hit by a pitch, senior Joey Williams singled, junior Alex Pennington reached on an error before Stewart drove Brown in with a single to go up 2-0. The Tigers would respond scratching a run across in the second and the third to tie the game at 2. Skyline added two more in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Miller wasn’t done yet as Stewart led off the fifth with a double and junior Brady Johnson drove him in.
Controversy struck later that inning as Johnson was at third base—as the potential tying run—with one of the Cardinals leading hitters Brenden Thom at the plate with two outs. It appeared that Thom fouled a two strike pitch off but the home plate umpire said that it was a swing and a miss and the run was stranded at third. Miller wasn’t able to gain much more traction at the plate as Skyline defeated Miller, 4-3.
The Cardinals finish the season 6-11 and so ends the careers of Brenden Thom, Joey Williams, Joey Straight and Colin Smith.


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