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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.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games