What hasn’t Bobby Witt, next year’s projected No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft, done in the offseason?
Add gold medalist to the list.
The senior shortstop from Colleyville Heritage, and an Oklahoma signee, won gold for Team USA in Panama City during the 2018 COPABE Pan-American Championship final on Dec. 2.
USA beat Panama, 17-2, to clinch it’s eighth-straight gold medal in 18-and-under international competitions.
It also clinched a spot in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Busan, South Korea, the USA hopes to defend its four-straight world championships.
“It was truly a unbelievable feeling winning the gold,” said Witt, the son of former Texas Ranger Bobby Witt. “It has always been one of my goals to play for a USA team, so it meant a lot to me getting the opportunity to play for the country I live in. All the guys I got the chance to play with were amazing and it was something that I will never forget.”
His résumé this offseason is second to none, but why not tack on a championship cycle while you’re at it. He went 4 of 5 with four runs scored and three RBIs.
“This experience helps me both on and off the field,” he said. “I’m thankful for all I have and wanting to work hard everyday because I’m blessed with everything I have and the opportunities where others don’t have the same chances.”
Witt was also named tournament MVP after hitting .576 with three doubles, three triples, three homers and 18 RBIs over nine games. Now it’s on to winning state with Heritage. Witt has hit 18 home runs with 93 RBIs the past two seasons for the Panthers.
“I’ve accomplished the gold medal, so now it’s time to get ready for the season with the Panthers and finish some of the unfinished business we have and win us a state championship,” he said.
For Burleson Centennial’s Jacob Meador, it was unlike any other experience in his baseball career.
“Having the honor of wearing a jersey with the country’s name across the front is something I will never forget,” said the TCU signee. “Coach Jack Leggett made sure that we knew how to play the game right, 100 percent on every pitch.”
Meador, who was a 5A all-state selection last season, finished the tournament with a 1.12 ERA and 1-0 record and one save in three appearances. He allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out 15 in eight innings of work.
During a 16-0 win over Honduras on Nov. 23, Meador struck out 10. He earned the win after allowing one run on one hit in four innings. He tossed three no-hit innings and struck out four, and picked up the save in a 9-8 win over Panana on Nov. 28. He entered the game with a runner on first and no outs in the seventh.
Meador closed out the gold-medal game by recording the final three outs before being dogpiled on the mound.
“This is the best game in the world and it should be played with respect and pride like coach Leggett taught us,” he said.
Last season, he went 3-1 in eight appearances according to MaxPreps. He had 79 strikeouts in 35 innings and posted a 1.00 ERA. He also owned a .394 batting average in 22 games and recorded 26 hits with 15 RBI. As a sophomore, Meador went 9-4 with a 1.79 ERA and 116 strikeouts.