It’s been a bit of a tumultuous season for the Glenn High School (Kernersville, N.C.) baseball team. However, Clemson commitment Kier Meredith has been a steadying force at the top of the lineup.
Glenn saw its head coach resign in mid-April following a 6-10 start, but the Bobcats rebounded to win six of their final nine games in the regular season, and therefore have some momentum heading into a first-round playoff matchup with Lake Norman on Tuesday.
Meredith, who committed to Clemson last August, deserves a share of credit for the turnaround as the squad’s leadoff catalyst. The outfielder is hitting in the .450 range, and has been successful on all 15 of his stolen base attempts.
“Things have been on the upturn,” Meredith told The Clemson Insider on Monday.
Clemson head coach Monte Lee hopes Meredith will be the same type of speedy sparkplug in college.
“When Coach Lee recruited me, he said he was recruiting me as a table-setter,” Meredith said. “I look forward to getting down there, getting on base and giving opposing teams a lot of trouble when I get on.”
Meredith has remained in contact with Lee as well as assistant coach Bradley LeCroy, who visited Meredith in April.
Meredith has also made the trip to Clemson for a pair of baseball games this year. He saw Lee notch his first win as Clemson’s head coach on Feb. 20 before returning to watch the Tigers beat South Carolina in the series finale on March 6.
Said Meredith, when asked what he has noticed about this year’s team: “Just the way that the team has fight in them. And Seth Beer, he’s unbelievable.”
Over the summer, Meredith will play for the North Carolina Dirtbags, an amateur travel baseball organization based in Sedalia, N.C., that aims to expose the state’s young talent to college coaches and professional scouts through various tournaments such as Perfect Game showcases.
“I’m real fast, so I want to show scouts that I can run on the bases a little bit,” said Meredith, who has recorded as fast as a 4.36 40-yard dash time. “I’m good from home to first, so I’ll try to make solid contact and steal a bunch of bags this summer for sure.”
As a sophomore in 2015, Meredith hit .471 with a .610 on-base percentage, 32 runs and 25 steals. He also plays running back for Glenn’s football team.