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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 1:30 pm

Shelby Miller is going to be a Trojan.

No, the Cardinals pitcher is not being sent to some unknown expansion team.

This Shelby Miller is a four-year varsity softball player for the Union Lady ’Cats and she’s inked to continue her playing career with Hannibal-LaGrange University next season.

“It’s not much trouble,” Shelby said. “People tell me I’m pitching tonight. I tell them that I really don’t watch baseball, so sure, I’m pitching.”

Shelby reminds people that she was playing at Union before the pitcher reached the big leagues.

“I wish the money came with it,” Miller said.

The Shelby Miller this story’s about has been a four-year starter at shortstop for the Lady ’Cats, although with the St. Louis Classics Gold softball team, she’s played second base as well.

Miller helped Union win 19 games this season and reach the Class 3 District 9 championship game. She earned All-Four Rivers Conference and All-District 9 honors this season. Additionally, Shelby was named to the All-Region team by the high school coaches association.

Get On the Bus

With Union, Miller has a number of good memories of playing with the Lady ’Cats. And some of those actually have been on the field.

“We always look forward to away games so we can ride the bus,” Miller said. “We always go to the back of the bus and blare music. If there’s no music playing, we all sing. We actually get in trouble for our bus rides. We end up running because we stand up. I like sitting up on top of the seats, perched like a little bird, and they always tell me to sit down. We have a pretty good bus driver.”

On the field, Miller has fond memories of her freshman season and of Union’s team last year.

“I remember my freshman year at Hermann,” Miller said. “They hit a grounder up the middle and I turned my own unassisted double play. I ran off the season with Kris Stevens and she said it was the first double play she had seen playing for Union.”

Overall, Miller said being able to play with the seasoned veterans was a great experience.

“There’s a lot from my freshman year with all of the seniors,” Miller said. “There are a lot of good memories from last year when we were so good. We had such a good record going into the Sullivan game.”

Union’s 2012 team, which ended up 17-6 overall, brought more good times.

“Last year probably was the best season softball wise,” Miller said.

Club Ball

Miller had a nine-year run with the Classics Gold team, one that almost never happened.

“I remember when I tried out,” Miller said. “I tried out with a whole different team and I got hit in the head.”

Miller had gone out for the Angels softball team, but was not kept for that program.

“I tried out for the Angels and they told me I wasn’t good enough to be there,” Miller said. “My dad (Jeff Miller) showed me another field and another team and we went over there.”

Things didn’t get better.

“Since I was late due to being at the other tryout, Coach (Katie) Duffin and I played catch,” Miller said. “She was throwing about 10 feet away and I missed the first one and hit me right in the head! I don’t know what she saw in me. I couldn’t catch a ball. I guess that’s where it all started.”

Miller played the next nine club seasons with Duffin and Sharon Sullivan.

“I was the type of athlete who had to get yelled at to do better,” Shelby said. “I always was pushed harder because I could do better.”

Miller and one other player, Claire Sweetman, lasted the entire run.

“Only two of us, Claire (graduated John Burroughs last spring) and I, were the only ones to last the entire nine years,” said Miller. “We just had a connection. She was a pitcher and I played middle infield.”

It was through club ball that Miller found out about Hannibal-LaGrange.

“I emailed them before our season started and asked if they could come and watch me in Kansas City on Memorial Day Weekend,” Miller said. “They emailed me back a couple of weeks later for a visit. They came and watched me again at nationals and that’s where it all started.”

Miller is happy to have her college choice taken care of so early in her senior year.

“I’m excited,” Miller said. “It’s taken care of and I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the school year.”

At Hannibal-LaGrange, Miller hopes to major in biology and follow it up with further education.

“I want to major in biology and then go onto veterinary school,” Miller said. “I want to be a vet. I also want to play some softball.”

Miller is thankful for everyone who can make an impact on her career.

“Thanks to everyone who has made me who I am,” Miller said.

Shelby’s parents are Jeff and Paula Miller.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 St. Peters vs. Washington, 6 p.m.

G12 Union vs. Elsberry, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 St. Peters vs. Elsberry-Winfield, 6 p.m.

G11 St. Charles vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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