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