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April 17, 2014

Miller looking for one more big season for the Panthers

Miller looking for one more big season for the Panthers

Pioneer senior Kayte Miller has enjoyed a lot of success in volleyball and softball during her four-year career.

Miller has one more season of softball this spring with the Panthers before she will play the sport at Ancilla College next year.

Miller has moved from center field to catcher for the Panthers her senior season.

“She’s the ultimate team player,” Pioneer coach John Bingaman said. “We put her in center and she worked hard to get better there. We moved her behind the plate this year because that’s the best place for her to help the team and she’s willing to do that. She gives the maximum effort and improves and plays to the best to her abilities no matter the position she plays.”

Miller is a four-year starter for the Panthers and has been a part of three straight regional championship teams.

She hit .298 with two home runs and 23 RBIs a year ago.

She has belted nine career homers and is within striking distance of the school record of 15.

The Panthers are ranked No. 8 in Class A at the start of the season.

“Hopefully we’ll be pretty good. We still have high expectations,” Miller said. “We’re getting there. We still have things to work on.”

The Panthers have a new pitcher this year, sophomore Katie Bingaman, who is taking over for her older sister, Betsy.

“I think she’s doing really well. She’s going to be fine,” Miller said.

Miller’s older siblings, Tyler and Lindsey, were also standout athletes at Pioneer. They are now in college and plan to become elementary school teachers, which Miller also plans to become.

She said she’s excited about playing softball at Ancilla.

“It gives me an opportunity to play at the next level,” she said.

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