ET Baseball: Meissner caps long Bobcat career at all-star game
By by Nathan Hague
June 16, 2017 at 11:45 p.m.
Ty Meissner's freshman year was capped off with a trip to Dell Diamond in Round Rock as his Hallsville Bobcats made a trip to the state tournament. Now, having just graduated from Hallsville, Meissner is making another trip back to the home of the Express.
"That experience was one of the most unforgettable ones of my life," Meissner recalls. "To go there and play on that field in front of all your hometown friends, it was unbelievable."
This weekend will be his second time to play in that ballpark when he takes part in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.
"I'm very excited to get another chance to play on that field," he added. "That's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of field to play on so I'm looking forward to being able to play at Dell Diamond one more time."
Meissner got word that he had been selected from his dad, who heard from Hallsville head coach Scott Mitchell.
"You nominate kids and they don't always just look at their senior year, but for Ty, he has had four years of playing," Mitchell said of Meissner. "I'm sure that had a lot to do with his selection, especially since he's been a four-year starter for us. His freshman year we won 34 games. His sophomore year we won 27 games. His junior year we won 24 games and this year, his senior year we won 27 games. So he's been a part of a lot of wins here at Hallsville."
"I was kind of surprised at first, then just excitement," Meissner said of being named to the all-star game. "I was very, very honored and grateful."
As a senior, Meissner had a batting average of .337 with 11 doubles, two triples, 22 RBI, seven stolen bases and scored 29 runs. He had an on-base percentage of .488, a slugging percentage of .481 and a .917 fielding percentage.
Next season he will attend Tyler Junior College and play second base for the Apaches.
"He played shortstop and second base for us this year," Mitchell continued. "Predominately, he was a shortstop this year but for the last three years he was our second baseman and he started out this year but he was such a leader and such an important part that we bumped him over to shortstop. He'll play second base there and that's the position he's going to play at TJC as well. That's what he is. He's a really good second baseman. He did a great job for us at shortstop this year."
The fact that's about to happen hasn't sunk in just yet.
"I don't know if I'm ready for it to sink in yet," he added. "I'm just trying to get ready and I hope I'm ready when time comes to go off to TJC."
He said he believes the experience of playing in this weekend's all-star game will help prepare him for the next level.
"I think it'll help me quite a bit, playing with some of the best dudes in the state of Texas and just sharing experiences with them and getting their input on things about the game of baseball," he said. That'll help prepare me for my next step."
His expectations are to "just to have a lot of fun and enjoy the time with all the guys who made it with me, go out, play good baseball and have a good time."
Mitchell said having Meissner play in the all-star game is great individual honor.
"I'm so proud of him," Mitchell said. "He's earned everything he's got through hard work and dedication, commitment and he was our team captain this year. He's been a leader for us. It's just an amazing honor for him to go get to play and where his Hallsville jersey one more time."
"Oh that means the world," Meissner said. "I'll miss Hallsville baseball next year and to be able to put on the jersey one more time and represent Hallsville, that's awesome."