Big Valley Christian High senior Tyler Meyer leads the team on the mound and at the plate
Echos of “That’s Tyler” rang through the dugout.
“That was awesome,” one player said.
Big Valley Christian senior pitcher and shortstop Tyler Meyer had just hit a two-run home run to left field to tie the game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth during Monday’s 6-4 loss to Patterson in the Windemuth Tournament at Modesto High.
Tying the game or hitting a home run are things Meyer has been doing throughout his four years at the north Modesto school on Pelandale Avenue.
The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s current leader in RBIs (38) and strikeouts (88), Meyer’s career numbers are video-game like: a .447 batting average with more doubles (44) than strikeouts (37) and a 22-9 record with a 1.86 earned run average.
Stats are nice. Victories are better.
“It’s fun but like I have said before, at the end of the day, it really just matters how our team does,” said Meyer, whose team is 16-7 overall, 8-2 and in first place in the CCAA. “It’s great that I lead in those categories but our success is much more important to me.”
That 1-1 fastball he ripped for the home run provided a “jolt” in the dugout he said “but in the end, we couldn’t pull it out (the win).”
The success Meyer has had this season stems from his summer workouts and time with a travel baseball team through Stanislaus State. He also attributed his fastball-changeup combo to producing outs because both pitches look the same coming out of his hand. However, the changeup drops and gets a lot of swing and misses.
The challenge for Meyer once he returned to Big Valley was the talent-level he was facing in the summer wasn’t going to be there in the Central California Athletic Alliance League, he said.
“I just try to play my game and be me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who I am playing.”
Certainly, he got off to a fast start early in the season against Brookside Christian.
On March 8, he threw a no-hitter and followed that up by hitting for the cycle — a single, double, triple and homer in one game — the next day.
“It was our first league series and we came out with a bang,” he said. “That’s something you normally just read about big leaguers doing and it was fun to experience it for myself.”
Meyer isn’t going far to play college baseball. The 6-foot-3 right-hander is heading to Stanislaus State.
“I have been really close to Coach Kenny (Warriors HC Kenny Leonesio) and he is going to let me play both ways,” he said. “I was deciding between Stan State and Vanguard University and I wanted to stay home. I like where I live. I am looking forward to contributing to the Warriors next year.”
And contributing to the greater cause.
The Meyer File
Name: Tyler Meyer
Position: Shortstop and Pitcher
Off the field talents: Has played piano for 10 years, started playing guitar two years ago, sings for worship at church
Favorite Subject: Biology
Favorite MLB Team: New York Yankees
Favorite MLB Player: New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge
Favorite TV Show: NCIS