Baseball: Meyers staying patient at the plate

Senior Evan Meyers earned playing time on the infield during his first run with the Hub varsity baseball team as a sophomore. Meyers has been lifting weights and working on both his offense and his defense to prepare for next season. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Hub senior seeking quality at-bats next season

Hub senior Evan Meyers has been a baseball player ever since he started running imaginary bases and hitting balls off the tee when he was 2 years old. The mental toughness needed to be successful in the sport has continued bringing Meyers back to the diamond over the years.

Meyers will enter his fourth season with the Rochelle Township High School baseball program this summer. The versatile fielder and pitcher was one of two sophomores called up to the varsity team during the 2019 regular season, taking most of his reps on the infield. Unsatisfied with his performance, Meyers is motivated to take a significant leap forward as a senior.

“I felt there were a lot of aspects I could improve on,” Meyers said. “I was fortunate to play quite a bit of infield and I felt that my performance there was pretty solid. Although I believe there are areas in all aspects of my game where I can improve, I’m concentrating on my hitting. My goal is to improve the quality of my at-bats. Our team has a lot of potential, and although I’m not sure what the season will look like in terms of the number of games we play, I think we can go as far as we want if we commit to the grind and remember our love for the game.”

Meyers has competed at a high level for the last several years. As a young teenager, Meyers played for the Rochelle Little League team that won Illinois Little League’s Intermediate 13U State Championship and qualified for the Little League Central Region Championship in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Meyers played up with Rochelle’s sophomore baseball team as a freshman before earning his first taste of varsity baseball during his sophomore campaign.

Meyers would’ve had the chance to earn a larger varsity role with the Hubs this past spring, but he and many student-athletes across the state lost their seasons to COVID-19 cancellations. Meyers said he has been staying prepared for the upcoming season through playing summer baseball, lifting weights, practicing infield drills and working on hitting in the batting cages.

“I was disappointed for sure,” Meyers said. “My teammates and I have been playing together for a long time and we were looking forward to a successful season as juniors and seniors… I love the camaraderie of our team and I love the mental toughness of the sport. You’re going to fail more than you’re going to succeed and you have to continue challenging yourself.”

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