Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2005

McMillin continues to dominate

June 30, 2005

Throwing no-hitters is nothing new to Matt McMillin. He did that often in Little League Baseball.

"I used to throw them all the time," he said. "Especially in seventh and eighth grade. I'd be the go-to guy and I'd just throw strikes."

McMillin may have thrown a lot of no-no's when he was younger, but his first as a high school pitcher came June 22, when the Lansing Cavalry posted a 15-0 shutout of Basehor in the second game of a AAA American Legion doubleheader.

McMillin, who will be a junior at Lansing High in the fall, seemed almost at ease throughout the game as he struck out two and walked three in the four-inning game.

"He stays calm out there and he throws a lot of strikes," Cavalry coach Jake Hanson said. "As he progresses - and he's got two more years left - if he can continue to make improvements, then he really can contribute because you can count on him."

Hanson admitted he hadn't seen McMillin throw much this year because Hanson was a varsity assistant coach at LHS while McMillin competed on the junior varsity. Still, McMillin has rewarded his coach in his first three outings of the summer. He threw a one-hitter in the Cavalry's season-opener June 2 and followed that with his no-hit effort.

"The two times I've seen him throw, he's really been able to do a great job," Hanson said after the no-hitter. "He keeps his head in it, and he's pretty mild and calm."

In his third outing of the summer for the Cavalry, McMillin fired another one-hitter in a 17-0 victory Sunday against Linn City.

For those keeping track, that's two hits allowed in three games.

So, what does McMillin have in store for future outings? Granted, it isn't possible to throw a negative-hit game.

"I don't know," McMillin said. "A bunch of strikeouts maybe."

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