Since the end of his junior season with the Toombs County Bulldogs D.R. Meadows has been traveling the south with his summer team, Game On Estrada, coached by former Atlanta Brave All Star catcher Johnny Estrada. Meadows has played in tournaments in Birmingham, Alabama and Hogansville and national tournaments in Jupiter, Florida, Atlanta and Panama City, Florida. The summer season came to an end on July 30 with a 5-1 win over Over the Mountain Baseball from Birmingham giving Game On a 6-0 record and first place in the 2016 18U Grand Slam World Series of Baseball in Panama City.
Listen to D.R. and coach Estrada talk about the tourney
In the semifinal Game On rallied from a 5-3 deficit and defeated Southeast Storm, from Kennesaw, 8-6. Southeast was 40-0 for the summer prior to that defeat.
In this tourney Meadows went 11-for-19 (.579) with three doubles, one triple and one homer and in his three big national tourneys this summer he went 24-for-46 (.521) with six doubles, one triple and two homers.
“It was a good tournament and we worked hard to get to the championship.” Meadows said. “We had very clutch hits in the best situations. Our defense was lock down. Out pitching did a heck of a job getting us through the games.”
Meadows played on a team with a lot of accomplished players. Sean Hunley pitched Game On to the championship win. The 2017 high school senior from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee is 6-5 230 pounds and has committed to University of Tennessee.
In the semifinal win, L.J. Talley, the University of Georgia’s starting second baseman, doubled in a pair of runs to give Game On the win. Talley, who played on two state championship teams at Charlton County, started in 54 of the 56 games he played for UGA in his freshman season. Playing second and third he usually batted in the bottom part of the Bulldogs’ lineup. He hit .230 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run and 25 RBI in 2016.
2016 Grand Slam World Series of Baseball at Panama City, Florida
D.R. Meadows Game Log
|Mon. July 25||Castleview HS||Tournament||3||3||3||2||0||0||1||4||2||0||0||1.000|
|Blue Grass Stars||Tournament||4||4||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.714|
|Team Phenom 18U Navy||Tournament||3||3||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||.700|
|Blue Grass Stars||Tournament||4||4||2||1||0||1||0||1||2||0||0||.643|
|Over the Mountain||Tournament||3||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.579|
Game 1- Game On Estrada opened up a 11-0, four inning win over Castleview High School out of Colorado. D.R. went 3-for-3 game with four RBI’s and two runs scored.
Meadows, batting fifth, came to the plate twice in the second inning and the first time up he smashed a two-run home run over the right field fence- his second homer of the summer. In his second trip to the plate Meadows singled in a pair of runs with a hit to left field.
D.R. singled to left and scored a run in the fourth inning.
Game 2- Game On Estrada defeated Bluegrass Stars (Maysville, Kentucky) 9-4. Meadows started at third base and went 2-for-4 with a single, double, pop up and he reached on a fielders choice.
Game 3- Game On Estrada scored 12 runs in the first inning in a 19-0, three inning rout of Team Phenom 18-U Navy from Pensacola Florida. D.R. went 2-for-3 and scored twice and drove in a pair of runs.
Game 4- Game On Estrada beat Bluegrass Stars (Maysville, Kentucky) 8-3 moving them in to the final four in the winners bracket. For the fourth straight game D.R. had a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with a single and a triple. He scored twice and drove in one run.
Game 5- Game On’s come from behind 8-6 win over Southeast. Meadows went 1-for-2 with a single, two walks and a fly ball to right field. He also scored one run. Meadows and Talley played side-by-side on the left side of the infield with D.R. playing short and L.J. third. Meadows was the leadoff hitter and Talley batted fourth.
Other National Tournaments
2016 WWBA 2017 or 17U National Championship at LakePoint, Georgia
D.R. Meadows Game Log
|vs Mac-N-Seitz Elite||Tournament||3||2||2||1||0||0||1||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.000||1.000||2.500||3.500|
|@ Diamond Skills Dodgers||Tournament||3||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.600||.667||1.400||2.067|
|@ Demarini Stars NC||Tournament||4||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.625||.700||1.125||1.825|
|vs Florida Hardballers 17U||Tournament||3||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.545||.615||.909||1.524|
|@ ASBA Futures West||Tournament||4||2||1||0||1||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||.538||.647||.923||1.570|
|vs Team Elite 17’s Prime||Tournament||4||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||.500||.619||.812||1.432|
|vs Knights Baseball 17U Platinum||Tournament||2||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500||.609||.778||1.386|
|Tournament Totals (7 games)||23||18||9||6||2||0||1||7||6||1||2||0||0||4||3||.500||.609||.778||1.386|
|All Totals (7 games)||23||18||9||6||2||0||1||7||6||1||2||0||0||4||3||.500||.609||.778||1.386|
|vs Mac-N-Seitz Elite||Tournament||1||0||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|@ Diamond Skills Dodgers||Tournament||1||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|@ Demarini Stars NC||Tournament||4||2||2||0||1||0||1.000|
|vs Florida Hardballers 17U||Tournament||7||4||2||1||0||0||.857|
|@ ASBA Futures West||Tournament||4||2||2||0||1||0||1.000|
|vs Team Elite 17’s Prime||Tournament||5||2||1||2||0||0||.600|
|vs Knights Baseball 17U Platinum||Tournament||4||2||1||1||0||0||.750|
|Tournament Totals (7 games)||26||13||9||4||2||0||.846|
2016 USA Baseball Nat’l Team Championships | 17U East at Jupiter, Florida
D.R. Meadows Game Log
|@ Florida Pokers – Original||Tournament||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||.000||.333||.000||.333|
|vs Team Phenom PA||Tournament||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||1||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||.333||.667||.333||1.000|
|@ Ninth Inning Elite Marucci||Tournament||3||3||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500||.667||.667||1.333|
|vs Team Citius USA 17U||Tournament||3||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.444||.583||.556||1.139|
|Tournament Totals (4 games)||12||9||4||3||1||0||0||1||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.444||.583||.556||1.139|
|All Totals (4 games)||12||9||4||3||1||0||0||1||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.444||.583||.556||1.139|
|@ Florida Pokers – Original||Tournament||1||0||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|vs Team Phenom PA||Tournament||3||2||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|@ Ninth Inning Elite Marucci||Tournament||7||3||4||0||1||0||1.000|
|vs Team Citius USA 17U||Tournament||4||2||2||0||0||0||1.000|
|Tournament Totals (4 games)||15||7||8||0||1||0||1.000|
|All Totals (4 games)||15||7||8||0||1||0||1.000|