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Young players go undefeated in Fall Ball season

Playing 10 games in Strasburg for the Fall Ball season in double headers spread over several weeks, the Garaway team, coached by Courtney and Nathan Miller, emerged with a perfect record.

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A Garaway girls 8U softball team had the kind of post season of which dreams are made, going undefeated in Strasburg Fall Ball in the 8U ASA Tuscarawas County Summer League. Playing 10 games in Strasburg in double headers spread over several weeks, the team emerged with a perfect record.
 
The team is primarily coached by Courtney Miller and her husband, head coach Nathan Miller. “We had 14 girls for the regular season and 12 for the Fall Ball tournament games,” Courtney Miller said. “The final day they played three games. The tournaments require even more commitment with so much practicing and concentrated playing.”
 
The regular season saw the team emerge with an 11-4 record and tied at fourth place among 25 teams. They then followed the season up with undefeated tournament play.
 
Courtney Miller said the last game was a real nail-biter. “We were down three to one with the bases loaded,” she said. “Makenna Miller scored a triple to win the game.”
 
Makenna is the daughter of the two coaches. “It was very exciting," Courtney Miller said. "Once the winning runner passed the plate, the umpire stopped the game and declared a winner.”
 
The team went home with a trophy for their considerable effort and tournament victory.
 
Courtney Miller said the girls worked hard. “They were very dedicated throughout the season. We got help from a lot of good coaches and parents who saw the season all the way through.”
 
The team began practicing in April of this year, and play began in earnest in May and June.

The win brings new excitement to softball in general among young players in the county.
 
“Most will be moving on to 10U play next year,” Courtney Miller said. “We hope to have two full 10U teams next summer.”
 
Nathan Miller credited the successful season to hard work on softball fundamentals. “They really worked to get the basics down and did a lot of practicing,” he said. “The girls and their parents put in the time and energy needed, practiced and played consistently well. We had some great hitters for sure. There’s no debating that talent and hard work equal good results. And working together as a team has been great for the girls and for the parents who have been so heavily involved as well.”
 
The team was sponsored in regular season play by Mt. Eaton Pallet of Millersburg.
 
Nathan Miller is a Garaway graduate, where he was very active in baseball. “Our kids are at the age when they can begin to play ball, and we wanted to pass on our passion for the game to them along with their teammates,” he said, explaining why the couple got involved as coaches.
 
“It is about teaching the girls foundational skills and helping them grow. They attended a softball teaching clinic in July on the basics, and that was a huge benefit for them,” Courtney Miller said.
 
The coaches and players will begin all over again with a fresh season in the spring of 2018.
 
“With so many of the girls from this season returning next year and the addition of new players, it should be another great season,” Courtney Miller said.

Published: October 27, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171029974