Former standout baseball player Weston Meehan, who played at Thomson High School his junior and senior years, is looking forward to his freshman season at Becher College in Worchester, Ma.
The 19-year-old Meehan, son of George and Tracy Meehan of the Raysville community in McDuffie County, will be the starting catcher for the Hawks. And he's looking forward to the opportunity that awaits him, even though he says it's going to be somewhat of a challenge playing baseball in such a cold environment.
"They have a great program and I'm really excited about my first college baseball season," said Meehan during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror last Friday. "It's going to be a lot different playing up there, because it's so cold."
Meehan was home visiting his parents and other relatives in the area over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. While back home, Meehan worked out at the Family Y in Thomson.
During his junior year at Thomson High School, Meehan played backup catcher behind Aaron McCorkle, but was in the lineup nearly every game as the designated hitter. After McCorkle graduated, Meehan became the starting catcher for THS Head Coach Terry Holder's Bulldogs.
Meehan's prep career began at Westside High School in Augusta, where he played on the junior varsity team his freshman year. After the following season - one that saw him get limited playing time - he and his parents decided to move to Thomson so he could play for Coach Holder, who recently had assumed the role as head baseball coach there.
"I never had any regrets about transferring from Westside to Thomson," said Meehan. "Coach Holder taught me a lot of things about baseball. I'm real glad my parents supported me in wanting to move to Thomson so I could play and learn from Coach Holder."
Meehan, who has a 3.0 GPA in the classroom at Becher College, finished his senior season with a batting average in the high .300s. He also hit three homeruns and drove in a number of runs.
"My college coaches tell me that they are impressed with my work ethics and leadership skills," said Meehan, noting that he already is being considered for a leadership role on the team next year. "If that happens, I'd be honored."
He recently flew back to Worchester to begin practicing for the upcoming baseball season.
"I'm hoping for the best in my first year," said Meehan, whose sister, Leslie, attends Augusta State University and brother, Bryce, 12, is a sixth grader at Thomson Middle School. "I'm really looking forward to it. I think I'm ready for the challenges on the next level."
Meehan aspires to someday play professional baseball.
"Right now that's just a dream, but that would be great if that happens," said Meehan. "If it doesn't happen, it won't be because I didn't work hard at trying to get there. My plan is continue to practice, practice and practice until I continue getting better and better."
For the time being, Meehan feels comfortable with his role as the starting catcher for the Hawks and looks forward to a successful season.
"I'm going to give it my all," added Meehan, who is majoring in sports management.