BISMARCK, N.D. - When Paxton Miller's baseball career is over at Legacy High School, he'll be remembered as the most successful pitcher to go through the program so far. He's come a long way from his first time stepping onto the mound.
"I got absolutely hammered my first few times as a sophomore. I was kind of scared because that was my first time ever pitching. A lot of it was mentally, I just had to be mentally focused. I know I have the stuff weather it’s my fast ball, my curve ball and my changeup," said Miller.
Miller has the most strikeouts and the most wins in Legacy history. His head coach says those achievements are nothing compared to the example he sets for the players. All those things made him a no brainier team captain.
"You allow him to do it as a senior, but you see it's not just maybe his vocals ability, it’s how he goes about his business. First one here most the time, last one to leave, puts in his work, and someone guys can go to. His stature really helps, he's been through it. He's not just some guy who showed up. He's got some experience. He knows what it's like to be the worst player on this team in terms of statistical to now being the highest rated player that we've had go on to play college. It’s exciting and it’s easy to give a guy like that the captain," said Eddie Streeter, head coach
Miller is staying in town to play college baseball at the University of Mary. His familiarity with pitching coach Kevin Walsh is a big plus but it was Head Coach Mark Moriarty's message that sealed the deal.
"He said you have all the potential as a pitcher and we're going to be able to get you stronger. We are going to be able to get you to throw harder. We'll be able to make you throw more strikes. We are going to be able to make you compete at a high level. I mean, I love Walsh and Moriarty just topped it off for me with everything he had to say," said Miller.
Streeter played baseball for the Marauders and he's excited to have plenty of opportunities to watch Miller play.
"If he would have picked somewhere else I would be just as excited for him, but there is that little extra knowing that he's going to go somewhere that I'm familiar with, that coach Moriarty has given me an open invitation to all the his practices if I want to come by and see what they're doing and just pick his brain. So I'll be able to go in and check on him and make sure he's doing what he's supposed to," said Streeter.
Miller and the Sabers are scheduled to host Watford City on Thursday, May 16.