Miller leads CCHS to great start in 2023
Published 12:30 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2023
By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer
Chilton County High School’s Cannon Miller is this week’s athlete of the week after his performances for the Tigers on the mound and in the batter’s box. Miller helped lead CCHS to a perfect 4-0 week after the Tigers lost their first game of the season.
Miller started his stellar week on Feb. 20 against Brookwood High School going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, an RBI and two walks at the plate. With CCHS trailing late in the game, Miller took the mound and hurled two scoreless innings giving up no hits, no walk and striking out five of the six batters he faced. Feb. 23 against Benjamin Russell High School saw Miller start the game for CCHS and he went the full distance of five innings giving up five hits, two runs with only one earned, one walk and eight strikeouts.
The senior contributed a 3-for-4 night at the plate with five RBIs including a bases clearing double with them loaded.
“He is a max effort guy, he is a clubhouse guy and he carries the energy for our team. You saw that tonight he goes out there and pretty much took care of it for us on the mound and at the plate,” CCHS coach Ryan Ellison said after the Benjamin Russell game. “We are very fortunate to have him and all the seniors and leadership they bring.”
While he did not see any time on the mound in the Tigers’ doubleheader with Saint James School on Feb. 25, Miller did go 2-for-3 in both games. He recorded a double, three RBIs and a walk in game one, and one RBI and scored two runs in game two.
“We have a great group of seniors, and Cannon is one of those guys who loves baseball, and he loves the game,” Ellison said.
Honorable Mention: Makinley Turner, Thorsby High School
Thorsby High School’s Makinley Turner hurled two gems to open the 2023 softball season for the Rebels. Turner tossed a complete game of seven innings on Feb. 23 against Maplesville High School giving up five hits, two unearned runs and struck out 16 hitters. She had a 1-for-3 night at the plate launching a two-run homer and earning a walk.
Turner shined again on Feb. 27 against Jemison High School going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk. She threw another complete game going six innings and giving up five hits with one earned run while striking out 13 hitters.
Turner’s performance earned Thorsby a 2-0 start to the season.