D.R.’s dedication pays off with a scholarship to Chipola College

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D.R. Meadows has been playing baseball since he was four years old and the Toombs County High School senior has been very dedicated to the sport. When he isn’t playing in games for the Bulldogs and in the the past the Toombs County Middle School Bullpups, the Lyons All Stars, the Chain and Game On, the shortstop and pitcher is in the cage or on the diamond working on his skills. All the practicing and playing has paid off for D.R. with a full scholarship to Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. Yes, beginning in 2017-18 this Bulldog will be an Indian- a Chipola Indian.  D.R. Meadow Statistics  D.R. Meadows Videos  D.R. Meadows Facebook

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D.R. first visited Chipola College back in late July when his Game On team, coached by former Atlanta Braves All Star catcher Johnny Estrada, was playing in the 2016 Grand Slam World Series of Baseball Tournament in Panama City, Florida. Meadows was the starting shortstop and helped lead his team to a 6-0 record in the tourney and the natioinal championship. Game On defeated Over the Mountain Baseball (Birmingham, Alabama) 6-1. Meadows went 1-for-3 with a RBI driving in the fifth Game On run. In this tourney Meadows went 11-for-19 (.579) with three doubles, one triple and one homer and in his three big national tourneys in the summer of 2016 he went 24-for-46 (.521) with six doubles, one triple and two homers.

The Game On national exposure helped D.R. attract interest from schools like Chipola. Facing many pitchers who had committed to big time Division 1 programs, D.R. had at least one hit in 16 of the 17 games he played in. Meadows hit his first high school age home run at Dunwoody on July 1 and he hit a second on July 25 to open up his final Game On national tourney of the summer.

In those three national tourneys D.R. was on base more than 57% of his at bats. In the 2016 USA Baseball Nat’l Team Championships 17U East at Jupiter, Florida his on base percentage was .583. In his second event, the 2016 WWBA 2017 or 17U National Championship at LakePoint, Georgia, he peaked at .609 and down in Panama City he posted a .579 OBA.

Toombs County High School Statistics

Regular Season and State Tournament Career Statistics

Year AB H 2B 3B HR RBI R BB K AVG OBP
2014 45 17 2 0 0 9 X 13 4 .378 .610
2015 63 23 3 1 0 10 18 10 6 .365 .521
2016 54 24 9 2 0 10 26 20 12 .444 .648
Totals   162 64   14 3 0 29           43 22 .395 .591

Meadows has been a three year starter for the Toombs County Bulldogs. Offensively he has batted at both the top of the line up and in the middle. In his freshman season he ate up junior varsity pitching (after a 5-for-6 game against Jeff Davis he was hitting .700) and was promoted in to the starting lineup at shortstop and leadoff guy. He hit .378 to lead the varsity and stroked two doubles and drove in nine runs. 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. The 2014 team went to the state tourney and swept Bleckley County in two games on the road before losing a tough three game series in the second round at Cook County.

As a sophomore shortstop and pitcher Meadows won the offensive player of the year award at the TCHS Baseball Banquet and was named second team All-Region 1 AAA. 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 that 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.

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2016 TCHS MVP D.R. Meadows

As a junior in 2016 Meadows was the varsity baseball MVP at the banquet and he also claimed the offensive player of the year award and he was named first team All-Region 1 AAA as a pitcher. At the plate he put up career high numbers batting .444 with a .648 on base percentage and he smashed nine doubles and two triples. On the mound he started seven games and went 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA. In back-to-back starts, in late February, he threw two one hitters. He pitched seven innings, at home, against Jenkins and struck out eight in a Dawg win and then at Vidalia he pitched all five innings and struck out eight in a run rule victory. He also pitched three innings in relief and got the win in a key home victory over Dodge County and he threw a complete game six hitter with seven K’s in a home win over Tattnall County.

Jeff Johnson has been the head coach at Chipola for the past 19 seasons and he has won 67.5% of his games and sent 16 players to Major League Baseball. Learn more about Chipola College baseball

Career Record: 728-350-2 record (.675)
2007 NJCAA Coach of the Year
2007 NJCAA National Championship
2011, 2008, 2007 FCSAA Coach of the Year
2011, 2008, 2007 FCSAA State Championship
2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001 Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year
2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001 Panhandle Conference Championships
200+ Former Players to 4-year institutions and/or professional baseball
4 NJCAA All-Americans
16 MLB Players
4 MLB All-Stars

On November 15 ten Chipola Indians signed with four year schools. The Indians inked with Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State, Kentucky, Central Florida, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Western Carolina, West Florida and the University of Tampa.

The most famous big leaguer to play at Chipola during coach Johnson’s tenure is Jose Bautista. He is a six-time MLB All-Star who has hit 308 home runs and led the Majors in homers twice in 2010 and 2011.

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“Coach Johnson has and still has a great impact in my life,” Bautista said on the Chipola website. “It began from the time I arrived in Marianna, Florida, at age 18 and continues today as I play for the Blue Jays in the Major Leagues. His contributions to my development and growth as a player and as a person have been so great that I consider him the individual that has had the greatest influence in me (after my parents). He has such a contagious love and passion for the game that, as a player, you can’t help but to learn the game as much as he does. Having him as my coach, I learned how to play the game and respect it, but also how to play it the right way: The Winning Way.”