Brian Miller’s emergence on the mound and at the plate has made Thomasville a tough out all season.
It could also make the Bulldogs a threat in this weekend’s Class AA playoff series at Appling County.
“Going in (this season), Brian was really kind of like the closer guy,” coach Erik McDougald said, “the wild man that runs in from center field and throws it as hard as he can for a couple of innings. He did that early. He came in and did a really good job closing. We got to realizing, this cat’s doing such a good job closing that maybe we need to say, lets try him as a No. 2 guy.
“He came in and lost the game 2-0 up at Cook. He lost 3-1 here to Fitzgerald. We very easily could have won either one of those games, if not both. In the meantime, he’s just done a good job. He’s a kid that comes in and throws strikes and his off-speed stuff keeps them off balance. He just does a good job.”
An imposing force on the football field, Miller brings that same mentality to the diamond. He fears no batter or pitcher. He is consistently aggressive at the plate and on the mound. That’s contributed to a .411 batting average and an ERA hovering just over two runs per game.
“Right now, Brian is H-O-T at the plate. He’s been on fire,” McDougald said. “To be that leadoff man, it’s kind of like a sparkplug. If Brian’s hitting, as in a sparkplug fires, that could be good for us. He’s a tremendous athlete."
For full details, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.