Miller lands on All-State first team
All of those extra trips to the batting cage with teammates, early morning workouts in the weight room and running sessions in the hot summer sun paid off for Kyle Miller.
The Lansing High senior's offseason effort helped him deliver a monster season statistically and land on the Class 5A All-State first team at third base.
"It's proof that hard work does pay off," LHS coach Troy Andrews said. "A lot of times All-State is handed to kids who play in the state tournament, and if you look at who made it, most of them were kids whose teams made it to state. For him to get All-State, let alone first team All-State, really says a lot about him."
Miller hit .429 this season and belted four home runs. In addition, he had three triples, 27 RBI and a team record 25 steals.
Even with the glitzy stats, Miller said he was shocked when he found out he'd been named one of the top players in Kansas.
"All-State really wasn't one of my goals," he said. "I just wanted to make myself better as a player, so when I found out I'd made it I just thought, 'Wow, how blessed am I?'"
Miller attributes his improvement this season to a good work ethic and constant support from teammates, coaches and former teammates. Former teammates Cody Mohan and Chris Wagner spent a particularly large amount of time with Miller and helped him improve his fielding and hitting.
"There have been so many people that have helped me out, and it all paid off more than I could have hoped it would," Miller said.
Miller was scheduled to play Wednesday afternoon in the Kansas All-Star Game at Tointon Stadium at Kansas State University. It is one of his final appearances on the baseball field locally. He'll spend about another week with the Lansing Cavalry American Legion team, and then head to the Air Force Academy on June 27 to begin college.
In addition to his academic duties and military training, Miller will play NCAA Division I baseball at Air Force.
"I'm looking forward to playing baseball at the next level, and it never would've happened if not for this last year," Miller said. "God has blessed me so much this year, and I'm thankful for everything that has happened. It has gone better than I ever could have expected."