One day after his seventeenth birthday, Toombs County baseball player D.R. Meadows was the offensive MVP in an All-Star Game at Georgia Southern’s Jack Clements Stadium. In a game dominated by the pitchers, D.R. went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored in his teams 3-0 win. Watch Highlights Slideshow
Both Meadows swings drove the ball to the warning track in left and left centerfield in a park in which the dimensions that way are 330 down the line and 360 to the power alley. At Jacky Jones Field it is 318 down the left field line and 348 to the left power alley.
In his first at bat D.R. fouled off three pitches and fell behind in the count 1-2. However, on the seventh pitch, with a 3-2 count, Meadows drove the ball to the warning track in left field where it was caught. That drive may have cleared the fence at Jacky Jones Field- his home ball park where it is no more than 330 feet at that point.
D.R.’s second at bat lasted only one pitch. Just like he does with the Bulldogs, when Meadows sees a good fast ball, on the first pitch, he jumps on it. This time he hit a belt high fast ball to left and on three little bounces it almost made it to the Franklin Toyota-Scion sign in left field. Meadow’s double was the only extra base hit in the eight inning game.
D.R. went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another pitch which got away.
On defense, the Bulldog starting shortstop, played second base for three innings. The defensive wizard didn’t get to show the scouts his game because nobody hit a ball his way. However, he did act as an intermediary in a double play. His right fielder made a fine catch on a sinking line drive. Meadows took a cutoff throw and fired to first base to double up the base runner.
On Sunday D.R. also went 1-for-2 with a double and he pitched a scoreless inning. He grounded out to second and hit a double to right center field. So he was pulling the ball on Saturday and going backside on Sunday.
Meadows first two Bulldog seasons
As a sophomore shortstop and pitcher won the offensive player of the year award and was named second team All-Region 1. D.R. hit .403 in region games and .365 for the season. As both a leadoff hitter and a number three hitter, Meadows had a .521 on base percentage and he led the team in runs scored. Meadows hit a triple off the fence at Jenkins, which was one of the largest parks the Bulldogs played in during the season. He hit two doubles, drove in 10 runs and led the team with 18 runs scored. D.R. had a five game hitting streak early in the season and his first ever seven game hitting streak later on. On the mound was 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA. He lead TCHS to wins over Johnson, Swainsboro and Dodge County. Watch D.R. in action at the plate Video
As a freshman, Meadows, at one point during the junior varsity season had a .700 batting average. He went 5-for-6 in a game at Jeff Davis and on the mound pitched a complete game two-hitter against ECI at Jacky Jones Field. Meadows became a full time starter on the varsity at shortstop and was the leadoff hitter. D.R. hit .378 to lead the varsity with two doubles and 9 RBI. He finished the season with a six-game hitting streak and had a .610 on-base percentage. During the state playoffs his on-base percentage was .708. Watch D.R. make a leaping catch at Cook County Video and drive in a pair of runs at Vidalia Video
Toombs County High School Stats
AVG OBP AB H T D RBI RS W K
2014 .375 .610 45 17 0 1 9 12 13 4
2015 .365 .521 63 23 1 3 10 18 10 6
Totals .370 .561 108 40 1 4 19 30 23 10
Playoffs .438 .708 16 7 0 2 1 8 5 0
ERA W-L IP H R ER K W
2015 3.55 3-1 25 2/3 29 19 13 24 16