GRAFTON—Recent Grafton High School (GHS) graduate Chris Miller was a standout on the baseball field for the Bearcats, delivering performances on the mound that garnered the attention of other coaches and earned him respectable recognition.
On Tuesday, news was shared that Miller had been selected for a prestigious group; the second team Big 10 All Conference baseball team.
Miller was selected to the team for the position of pitcher and is humbled by the opportunity, one that he almost didn’t have.
Because of the COVID pandemic, the Bearcat baseball team was never able to conduct their 2020 season, however, even if they had, Miller had made the choice not to sign up for his junior year, and put all of his athletic focus into golf.
But, when senior year came, his heart lead him back to the diamond, and Miller joined the team once more, as the lone senior, a decision he says he is extremely thankful to have made.
“I am grateful for the decision I made to come back and play my senior year as a Bearcat baseball player,” Miller shared. “If I hadn’t, this opportunity could have passed me by.”
Miller noted that this is the first time in his three years of playing at the high school level that he has been selected for all conference honors.
“I am so thankful to have been selected to the second team Big 10,” he voiced.
His mother, Susie Miller, shared in her delight of Miller receiving this acknowledgment explaining that this well-deserved position was hard earned.
“Chris always gives 110 percent at everything he does,” she said. “He put a lot of hard hours into this sport, and this is a great accomplishment for him! I am extremely proud of his achievements.”
S. Miller went on to add that she wants to give thanks to all of the coaches that Miller has had during his high school career, commenting on the positive impacts they have all made on her son.
Miller echoes his mother’s words of thanks saying, “I would like to thank all of my past and present coaches for everything they did for me. I couldn’t have done anything without their dedication to making me who I am.”
And while the Millers are appreciative of the GHS coaching staff, head coach Bartsel Keener expressed his own words of thanks to Miller.
“I am lucky to have been able to coach and mentor Chris,” he voiced. “He was a great leader and a hard worker, coachable and an excellent display of sportsmanship. As a coach, I am thankful for players like Chris, and the opportunity I get to coach them.”
As Miller’s coach, Keener believes that this recognition is very well-deserved, explaining that he had a great season on the mound.
“He pitched very well all year,” Keener began. “He does a good job of keeping hitters off balance with his off speed pitches and is really able to locate his pitches that allow him to go deep into games.”
Now a GHS graduate and a member of the second team Big 10 All Conference Baseball team, Miller is headed for great things, and the staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to congratulation him, and wish him the best of luck!