BILLINGS — Cy Miller wished the Class AA American Legion baseball state tournament had remained in Helena. But he and his Helena Senator teammates had no issues in the tournament’s new venue.
Miller and Tyler Tenney combined to throw a no-hitter Wednesday at Dehler Park, leading the second-seeded Senators (35-15) to a 6-0 first-round win over the No. 7 Great Falls Chargers.
“It feels pretty good, pretty cool, especially at state. A good time to do it,” Miller said. “Why not do it the rest of the tournament?”
Miller has never thrown a solo no-hitter, he told 406mtsports.com. The senior left-hander hadn’t held a team hitless through five innings before Wednesday, either.
He accomplished the second feat against the Chargers but didn’t get a chance to complete the first.
Miller’s final pitch count (80) was 25 below the Montana/Alberta Legion maximum, but the Senators’ pregame plan was to cap him at 80 pitches, he said. If he threw 81 or more, he would have been required to take four days off from pitching, per state rules. The tournament lasts four more days. Miller was happy to trade a potential no-hitter for an opportunity to throw in the title game Sunday, if the Senators get there.
Cy Miller. Photo by Mike Clark, Billings Gazette.