Former Crowder catcher Michael Miller recently announced that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at NCAA Division II Missouri Western.

Former Crowder catcher Michael Miller recently announced that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at NCAA Division II Missouri Western.
In his one season on the field with Crowder, Miller earned Region 16 Defensive Player of the Year honors. On the season, Miller finished with three errors and had 351 putouts and 23 assists in 374 total chances for a fielding percentage of .992. Miller threw out 10 runners attempting to steal and he was charged for only two passed balls over 48 games played.
At the plate, Miller hit .298 (42 for 141) with 46 runs scored, nine doubles, seven home runs, and 26 RBI.
Miller was one of the key bats at the bottom of the Crowder lineup and he played some of his best offensive baseball at the JUCO World Series.
Out in Grand Junction, Miller hit .500 (6-12) with four runs scored, one double, two homers and five RBI. It was “Miller Time” for Crowder in the 19-9 win over Dyersburg State (Tennessee), as the catcher delivered three hits in three at-bats with three runs scored and three RBI. Miller homered, doubled and singled, only needing the elusive triple for an elusive cycle.
Missouri Western — playing in the rough and tumble Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association — comes off a 32-22 overall and 25-11 MIAA season. The Griffons were two-and-done at the NCAA Central Regional with losses to St. Cloud State (12-0) and Central Oklahoma (5-2).
Former Crowder pitcher Richard Peoples wrapped up his collegiate career with the Griffons, finishing 8-3 with a 3.06 ERA his senior season and balancing 59 strikeouts with 30 walks over 108 2/3 innings. Peoples made 20 appearances and 14 starts.
The Griffons finished 15-4 in their friendly confines this past season.