5-Star Performer: Miller throws first perfect game in Hastings baseball history

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Published: May. 4, 2022 at 10:51 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings baseball’s Markus Miller made school history on April 26. It was the first time in school history a perfect game was ever recorded in the modern era.

The Tiger offense came alive behind Miller’s pitching during a shutout 11-0 win over Fairbury.

“Wasn’t even thinking about it, to be honest,” Miller told Local4 Sports. “There was a little bit of a scare in the second inning and then after that I felt comfortable, I was cruising all the way and then my defense was there to help me.”

Now, a pitcher can’t be complete without their catcher. And Miller and Adam Rutt share a close bond on and off the field.

“We are very close,” Miller said. “We have a really tight bond on this team and I love it.”

“We have gotten a lot closer since I have caught bullpens with him,” Rutt added. And especially the perfect game he threw, I felt very honored to catch that. As a frehsman especially, I love catching with him every time.”

Head coach Blake Marquardt couldn’t stop praising Miller on his determination and strong work ethic when it comes to the game.

“Markus Miller threw a heck of a game,” Marquardt said. “It couldn’t go to a kid that deserves it more. He is a guy that has worked very hard for us, a guy that has closed, a guy that has long relieved, short relieved, he has started a few games and this is one of the first games that he has been in this long, so he definitely deserves it. Couldn’t be more proud of the kid.”

Miller is committed to Hastings College, where he will next play his games at Duncan Field for the Broncos.

“It’s pretty cool to do that on the field I’m going to be playing college ball in,” Miller said.

“Hastings College is going to get a good kid out of him,” Marquardt added.

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