A season of dominance: G-E’s Meier Player of the Year

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 22, 2002

GLENVILLE &045; There’s nothing flashy about Mitch Meier.

He’s a quiet, respectful honor student at Glenville-Emmons High School, where he just finished his junior year.

&uot;He doesn’t say too much,&uot; said Louie Toulouse, the Glenville-Emmons baseball coach. &uot;He just kind of does it by example.&uot;

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What an example he set on the baseball diamond this spring.

A left-hander, Meier was nothing short of dominant on the mound, posting numbers not seen in this area for a long time. It earned him the Tribune’s Baseball Player of the Year honor for 2002.

A second-year varsity starter, Meier was literally unbeatable in the regular season, going 10-0 before finally dropping a decision in the Section 2A tournament.

Meier finished with a record of 10-1 with one save, compiling an earned run average of 0.81. He struck out 108 batters and walked only 13 in 81 innings on the mound. His 10 victories tied the single season school record set in 1990 by Jamie Beck.

&uot;When he pitches, the kids have a lot of confidence,&uot; said Toulouse. &uot;When it’s his turn, we come into the game feeling confident of a win.&uot;

Control is obviously one of Meier’s strengths as a pitcher. Intelligence is another.

&uot;He’s a straight-A student,&uot; said Toulouse. &uot;He uses a variety of pitches and changes speeds real well. I don’t think he throws extremely hard, but he can throw it by you if you’re not expecting it. I think his best pitch is his change-up.&uot;

Meier also showed some good improvement on offense this year, batting .258 with 15 RBIs.

&uot;He was a much tougher out at the plate than he was last year,&uot; said Toulouse, who described Meier as a quiet leader who goes about his business and does it well.

&uot;He’s not flamboyant,&uot; said Toulouse. &uot;He’s just a real good kid, to be perfectly honest.&uot;

And Toulouse believes he can get better if he gets in the weight room to turn some of the 220 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame into muscle.

&uot;I know he wants to go on and play college ball, and he has the potential to do that,&uot; said Toulouse. &uot;But he needs to get in the weight room and build himself up.&uot;

As for the Wolverines, they”re probably thankful just to have him on the team for another year.