Meyer makes big impact as Blue Sox edge out WellsPublished 11:19pm Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Cody Meyer is determined to be more than a pitcher for the Austin Blue Sox this season, and he’s already made big strides in that direction.
Meyer made an impact in all areas of the game as the Blue Sox beat Wells 6-5 in their home opener in Marcusen Park Tuesday.
Meyer stole home to cap a 3-run fourth inning for the Blue Sox (2-1 overall), he bare handed a bunt at third base and threw out a runner at second, he made a leaping grab at second base, and he even played catcher for awhile.
“Cody’s such a good athlete,” Blue Sox manager Josh Kunze said. “Last year he voiced that he wanted to try playing a position and he backed that up with a lot of dedication. He’s been in the cage a lot and he’s willing to play a lot of different positions. Tonight was an exercise to see what he does well and he clearly does a lot of things well.”
Meyer, who is a 2010 Pacelli grad, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate for the Blue Sox. He ended up stealing home on a delay where he took off as soon as the catcher threw back to the pitcher.
“Me and the third base coach Dallas [Coleman] were talking about it and he said if he does it again, go and I went,” Meyer said. “I don’t think I have ever stole home before. I’ll have to check that one off as a milestone.”
Meyer is hoping to get a chance to be an every day player for the Blue Sox after he was just a pitcher for them in past seasons.
“I just wanted to get back out there and play again,” Meyer said. “It’s really fun and it’s not always fun to just sit back and only pitch.”
Austin threw five different pitchers in the win. Jon Mittag pitched four scoreless innings to get the win and Dylan See-Rockers pitched out of jams in the eighth and ninth innings to get the save.
Austin grad Marcus Stoulil pitched one scoreless inning and he went 2-for-5 at the plate.
“I wanted to see what Marcus Stoulil could do and I really didn’t want to use Dylan See-Rockers in a pressure situation, but that’s how it went,” Kunze said. “Things got a little away from us in the eighth and he responded with a great outing. For a young guy, he really came through.”
Austin added a key insurance run when Meyer hit a sacrifice fly to put them up 6-2 in the seventh. Wells scored three runs in the top of the eighth, but See-Rockers, an Albert Lea grad, held them in check to close out the game.
Wells 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 — 5 4 1
Blue Sox 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 X — 6 17 3
Blue Sox pitching: Brady Banse, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HBP; Jon Mittag (W), 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K; Marcus Stoulil, 1 IP, 2 BB, 0 R, 2 K; Michael Gaines, 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 1 HBP; Dylan See-Rockers (S), 1 1/3 IP, 3 BB, 0 R, 3 K
Blue Sox hitting: Jamie Adams, 3-for-4, double, RBI, R, HBP; Cody Meyer, 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, SB, R; Brandon Rector, 1-for-3, RBI, SB; Mark Harber, 2-for-5, R; Josh Kunze, 2-for-5; Stoulil, 2-for-5; Quinn Yocom, 0-for-2, BB; Cody Schact, 1-for-2, R, BB; Lukas Anderson, 4-for-4, R; See-Rockers, 0-for-1, R; Jason Stoulil, 0-for-1; Dallas Coleman, 0-for-1