The Duncan Banner

March 26, 2014

Meshell off to fast start for Marlow

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

MARLOW — Beau Meshell had an 8-0 record last season as a sophomore, but he lost his first game as a starter this season against Class 4A No. 1 Tuttle.

Meshell didn’t let it faze him, and reached his 2014 appex with a scoreless relief performance in a 5-4 nailbiter over Davis on Monday. Coach Jeff Brewer said it showed the potential that he had seen in Meshell all year. It was impressive to the other Outlaws as well.

“He blew right through them,” Logan Knox said. “Nobody could touch him. That gave him the confidence and I’m sure he was popping the glove pretty hard.”

Meshell’s velocity has been a popular subject. Trey Coffman, Marlow’s ace, said his teammate’s work in the weight room is a big reason for his success. He sees a lot of potential in Meshell.

“If he just keeps it up and works on his curveball a little, he could be pretty dangerous,” Coffman said. “He’s just got a mentality that he’s the best out there and no one can hit him. That’s the mentality that we all have to have as pitchers.”

That leads to more strikes and less balls, something that Knox thinks Meshell excels at. While he draws walks when he is batting, he avoids them when he is on the mound. Meshell doesn’t let his success at the plate relax him on the mound, though, something other pitchers struggle with. Knox said it’s a credit to him to be able to seperate the two as well as he does.

“When he goes to the mound, it’s totally different than when he is hitting,” Knox said. “Even when he is not hitting well, he still can get on the mound and throw his best.”

Meshell started at Elgin Tuesday, which Marlow won 12-5 in 11 innings. The Outlaws will play at the Sulphur tournament on Thursday where they are the No. 1 seed and the defending champions.