Miller Baseball Wins VISAA Division II State Championship

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2017 VISAA D2 State Champions 2017 VISAA D2 State Champions
Junior Ethan Murray pitched a complete game shutout Junior Ethan Murray pitched a complete game shutout

Miller School junior Ethan Murray pitched a complete game shutout, and the Mavericks defeated Atlantic Shores 6-0 to win the VISAA Division II Baseball State Championship at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights on Saturday.

All six runs were scored in the bottom of the 5th inning.

The MSA senior class was playing in the state finals for the third time, but the title is the programs first since winning its only championship in 2006.

Murray was named the VISAA D2 Player of the Year, and Billy Wagner is the Coach of the Year.

"I was honestly anticipating the dog-pile on top of me because that was one of the most painful experiences ever, even though it was full of joy. It hurt a lot, says Murray. "I don't know what emotion I could use to describe it. It was unreal."

"Everything sort of flashed back. All the work we've put in this year," says Adam Hackenberg. "A peace came over me and then Ethan threw his glove off. We dog-piled. It was great."

"It was kind of bitter sweet because I knew it was over but I knew I also came out with a state championship and that's ultimately what I've wanted for the last five years," says Tanner Morris.

"I know that its so special to be able to look back at your teammates and have that memory to talk about," says Billy Wagner. "I'm just proud of him for going out there and constantly keeping their wits about them and playing good baseball."