Miller saves Dealers’ victory

Baseball StockBy David Wheeler
Special to the Journal

NEW ALBANY – The North Delta Dealers and head coach Jon Andy Scott were taking no chances Saturday.
With the 2013 Cotton States college division approaching the end of the regular season, the Dealers maintained first place in the Dixie Division with a total team effort in a 7-6 victory over the Tallahatchie Rascals.

“The bottom of our lineup really produced, and we played good defense,” said Scott, a former Booneville player. “And Maikhail Miller came in and produced in relief.”
Miller, the Fulton native who handled a significant portion of the quarterbacking duties for Ole Miss during the spring, threw three key outs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Dealers to pick up the save.

Making it close
With the Dealers leading 7-4 entering the final half inning, the Rascals saw back-to-back doubles by Matt Rappa and Jamie Smith plate a run to leadoff the at bat. Following a walk, Scott brought in Miller who got a bunt out, then struck out the final two batters to end the contest.

The Rascals scored a run off a passed ball with two out against Miller.

“Coach usually uses me in that kind of situation, and tells me to keep loose,” said Miller, who also had a double and a walk in three plate appearances. “I think I was seeing the ball pretty good tonight.
“Playing in the Cotton States this summer, I just kinda wanted to see where I was in baseball right now.”

Both teams played fairly evenly throughout the contest, with perhaps the key inning of the contest the third.
In the top of the frame, the Dealers led off with three straight singles, with Anthony Bradley from Northwest Community College later getting a two-run hit. And in the bottom of the frame, the Rascals loaded the bases with one out, but Dealers pitcher Justin Skinner got two strike outs to get out of trouble.