CHAPMANVILLE — Shian Meeks was the worst nightmare for Scott pitcher Hannah Brown.
And almost the maintenance staff of West Chapmanville Grade School.
Meeks, Chapmanville Regional High School’s stellar all-state shortstop, played home run derby this week in the Class AA sectional softball tournament at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.
In four at bats, spanning Tuesday night’s 15-0 win and Wednesday’s 19-0 victory over the Lady Hawks, Meeks hit four straight home runs and led 27-4 Chapmanville to its eighth-straight sectional championship.
Four at bats and four home runs.
The first two happened in Tuesday’s game. One of them was a deep one, traveling some 240 feet — or 40 feet beyond the fence, past the West Chapmanville Grade School driveway and into the playground only a few feet from the school windows.
Then in Wednesday’s game, Meeks stepped up and slammed two more homers in her first two at bats.
The first came in the bottom of the first — a two-run shot to left — which gave the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Then in the second inning, Meeks belted a high fastball from Brown and crushed a no-doubter — a three-run shot to left center, which bounced off the playground slide and was, again, dangerously close to crashing into the school’s windows.
The homer, which put Chapmanville ahead 7-0, was also estimated to have traveled at least 240 feet.
Meeks finished the game 2-for-3 with six RBI. She also drove in a run in the fourth inning with a groundout to third base, upping the margin to 10-0.
For her outstanding performance in the sectional tournament, Meeks has been named as The Logan Banner Athlete of the week.
On the season, Meeks has a hefty .454 batting average with 10 home runs and 54 RBI — a first-team all-state worthy season.
Meeks has an unheard of slugging percentage of .949 — a mark Chapmanville assistant coach and scorebook keeper Barb Ooten said she has never seen in her many years of keeping stats for the Lady Tigers and for her husband CRHS head coach Ronnie Ooten.
“The one that she hit yesterday was awesome and this one was a shot as well,” Ronnie Ooten said of the home runs by Meeks. “She’s swinging a good bat right now.”
Meeks is headed to West Virginia Wesleyan with senior catcher Savannah Wiley to play softball. Wiley is also having a big year for the Lady Tigers with a batting average better than .400 and also five home runs.
Meeks is a three-sport star and was also a standout volleyball and girls’ basketball player at CRHS.
Meeks and Wiley led the Chapmanville volleyball team last fall to its first ever state tournament berth at the Charleston Civic Center.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).