D.R. Meadows and Nick Curtis were Toombs County Bulldog teammates in 2016. In a late season home game against Brantley County Curtis pitched a compete game seven-hitter and struck out eight batters with no walks in a 3-2 win. Meadows went 1-for-3 reaching on an infield hit in the third inning and he scored the game-winning run on a George Lucke sacrifice fly.
The two former Bulldogs each opened their sophomore seasons in college with impressive performances. On Friday- in Mount Vernon- Curtis started Brewton-Parker’s regular season opener and he threw four innings against Rio Grande allowing three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Rio Grande won the game 1-0 scoring the only run in the fourth inning on a Baron error. Michael Rodriguez reached on a two-out walk and scored when freshman Clayton Surrell’s bunt was thrown away for an error.
The Barons also lost the other two games in the series by scores of 13-3 and 18-1.
On Saturday Meadows and the South Georgia State Hawks opened up the season playing a doubleheader in Gainesville, Florida against Santa Fe College. D.R. batted third in both games and went a combined 4-for-7 with a double.
In game one D.R. went 1-for-3 in a 4-0 Hawk loss. D.R. had one of his team’s three hits which was South Georgia’s only extra base hit- a sixth inning, two-out double. Earlier Meadows stuck out swinging on a two-strike pitch in the first inning and he also struck out swinging in the fourth inning on a 2-2 pitch.
In the second game Santa Fe won 6-4. D.R. went 3-for-4 with three singles and he reached on an error. Meadows singled in the first inning- with one out and a runner on first base- on a 2-1 pitch.
In the third inning Meadows came to the plate with two-outs and a runner on first. He singled on a 0-1 pitch. South Georgia did not take advantage of either scoring opportunity and trailed 2-0 going to the bottom of the third inning.
In the top of the fourth- trailing 3-0- the Hawks rallied and scored three runs to tie the game. With two-outs and runners on first and second, Meadows reached on an error and a run scored to tie the game.
D.R. singled in the seventh inning on an 0-1 pitch. SGA scored a run to cut the lead to 6-4. However, the game ended with D.R. at third base as the Hawks made the final two outs on a strikeout and a line drive.