Miller tosses first pitch, Legends lose home opener

Miller tosses first pitch, Legends lose home opener

Kentucky's Darius Miller threw the ceremonial first pitch of the Lexington Legends home opener Thursday night, a 9-4 loss to Kannapolis.
Kentucky's Darius Miller threw the ceremonial first pitch of the Lexington Legends home opener Thursday night, a 9-4 loss to Kannapolis.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Darius Miller of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the Lexington Legends home opener Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends lost to Kannapolis 9-4. The Legends' front office promised that if the team did not win the home opener, fans who had a ticket to Thursday's game will receive free admission to Friday night's game.

Miller entered the diamond to a hearty cheer and delivered a light toss across the plate. He signed a few autographs and posed for pictures on the way to a suite where he watched the game with UK teammate Anthony Davis - the Final Four most outstanding player and recipient of multiple national player of the year awards. Miller said former UK teammate John Wall's first-pitch debacle at a Washington Nationals game last season did cross his mind before making his own first pitch. Wall bounced the ball off the infield grass just a few feet from where he released the "pitch." Miller said he watched footage of Wall's failed effort three times Thursday to make sure he knew what not to do.

As for the game, the Legends fell behind 6-0 before getting on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Lexington cut it to 6-2 in the fifth, but could not rally for the win. The game was the first of a seven-game homestand for the Legends, which continues Friday at 7:05 PM.
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