Playing his first collegiate game back in his home state of Georgia, D.R. Meadows was back in a familiar place. He was on the mound. Meadows pitched his first inning for Chipola College in the Indians win 8-5 over Gordon State in Barnesville.
D.R. pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth and struck out three batters while allowing just one base hit. Jason Fointno, a freshman from Collins Hill High School In Lawrencville, looked at a Meadows 2-2 pitch and struck out for the first out. Sam Sly, a freshman from Lakeside-Deklab, had the count at 3-1 in his favor when D.R. battled back with a foul ball for strike two and a swing and a miss for strike three.
Brad Toxen (Bethlehem, Ga.) was the third batter of the inning and he was down in the count 1 ball and 2 strikes prior to hitting a ground ball up the middle for a single. Ethan Darrow, freshman from East Coweta, stepped to the plate and took two strikes. Meadows nibbled and threw a couple of balls out of the zone before striking him out on a swing and miss. Unfortunately, the ball got away from the catcher and now there were runners on first and second with two down.
After Meadows threw a pitch out of the zone, catcher Max Guzman made up for the pass ball on strike three by throwing out Toxen who was trying to steal third base.
In his senior season at Toombs County Meadows was the Bulldog pitcher of the year, Region 2 Player of the Year and was voted All-State. He had a 1.63 ERA, teams hit .214 against him and he struck out 76 batters in 68 ⅓ innings. He struck out 15 Metter Tigers and 13 Bryan County Redskins in two home games.
D.R.’s batting average is .310 at Chipola with a .396 on base percentage. Meadows has scored 12 runs and driven in 4 with 5 walks and 11 strikeouts. He has had a three hit game and a four-game hitting streak. He has started games in left and right field and at first base for 13-6 Chipola- the defending national junior college champions.