Player Of The Year: Samantha Miller 1995 All-metro Softball Teams

June 08, 1995|By ROCH ERIC KUBATKO

This was Miller's time to shine after three years playing a supporting role for Glen Burnie, a perennial power in Anne Arundel County.

On a team loaded with talent and experience, nobody was better. Miller shared time on the mound with Denise Warren until the closing weeks of the season, when Miller was used exclusively. And when Miller wasn't pitching, she gave Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino superb defense at shortstop.

Competing in the highly competitive Anne Arundel County Class 4A League, Miller collected 30 hits and batted .439 with two doubles, one triple, three home runs and 19 RBIs.

She didn't strike out during the regular season and registered a .576 on-base percentage and .674 slugging percentage. She had one of the two hits off Northern-Calvert's Kelly Shipman in a region-final loss.

Named an All-Anne Arundel County pitcher, Miller went 10-1 (including a no-hitter) with a 0.61 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 74 innings. She walked 12 (one intentionally) and didn't give up a home run until the region final.

She surrendered only five extra-base hits (including two against Northern-Calvert), and her fielding percentage was .934.

Broccolino described her as "a bulldog," someone who "refuses to give in, refuses to lose." Among her highlights were two wins on Severna Park's home field in less than a week, the second coming in the region semifinals. Miller's next stop is the University of Maryland.

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