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Sam Houston's Cameron Meeks pitches against Parkway during the LHSAA Baseball State Tournament Class 5A semi-final at McMurray Park in Sulphur, Louisiana on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Lake Charles American Press, Kirk Meche)

In addition to a new home, Sam Houston’s Cameron Meeks found a few extra mph on his fastball and a chance to play on the biggest stage in his one season as a Bronco.

Meeks helped the Broncos reach the Class 5A state championship game for the first time in a decade by going 10-0 with a save and 0.69 ERA while hitting .405 with five home runs and 51 RBIs. For that he was named Mr. Baseball, the state’s most outstanding player, by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Meeks, who played his first three seasons at Captain Shreve, said his best performance was his last, a 4-0 win over Parkway in the state semifinals. The outing led the Broncos to their first championship game appearance since 2009. Sam Houston had lost three semifinal games since then.

“It was the best moment of the year and I think it was my best performance,” Meeks said. “It was really fun. I had never played in front of that many people. I was nervous at first, but I calmed down and my velocity was the highest it has ever been. I had confidence my teammates would make the plays behind me and they made every one of them.”

Meeks said the success he enjoyed the season resulted from months of preparation.

“I put in a lot of work in the offseason, a lot of running and working out,” he said. “I knew expectations would be high because everyone knew the amount of talent we had. We were expecting a lot to and I am glad the season went as expected.”

The Broncos, who were briefly ranked as the top team in the country, finished the season 36-5, including a win over eventual state champion and District 3-5A rival Barbe. Meeks was the winning pitcher.

Two weeks ago Meeks was drafted in the 38th round by the Boston Red Sox, but he said he plans to enroll at McNeese State. He signed with the Cowboys in November.

“I’m looking forward to it; I have met some of the players and like them,” he said. “I like Lake Charles, especially the people, and want to help McNeese win a few more conference championships.”

Mr. Baseball Winners

2019 — Cameron Meeks, Sam Houston

2018 — Cade Beloso, John Curtis Christian

2017 — Jacob Pearson, West Monroe

2016 — Nick Webre, Teurlings Catholic

2015 — Kale Breaux, Sulphur

2014 — Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More

2013 — Jared Poché, Lutcher

2012 — Gavin Cecchini, Barbe

2011 — Aaron Nola, Catholic-Baton Rouge

2010 — Bryan Picou, Northlake Christian

2009 — Zack Von Rosenberg, Zachary

2008 — Zack Von Rosenberg, Zachary

2007 — Carmen Angelini, Barbe

2006 — Forrest Moore, Parkview Baptist

2005 — Beau Jones, Destrehan

2004 — Ben Soignier, West Monroe

2003 — Matt Greenwich, Parkview Baptist

2002 — Greg Smith, Alexandria

2001 — Austin Nagle, Barbe/Jonathan Zeringue, E.D. White

2000 — Austin Nagle, Barbe

1999 — Nick Bourgeois, Barbe

1998 — Aaron Lowe, Parkway

1997 — Chucky Son, Parkview Baptist

1996 — Joe Lawrence, Barbe

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