Shockley secures third baseman
Asbestos hands for the Hot Corner
Billy Mee brings glove, bat, mojo
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- There is a reason it’s called the Hot Corner.
The action coming down the third base line gets there fast as a cheetah with a hotfoot. Cat-quick reflexes and an arm that is hot as a scorpion’s tail make-up the good third baseman.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s baseball team must replace Riley Hensel (Maypearl, Tx), their veteran third bagger who graduated in the spring. Head Coach Jonathan Shockley, who has already signed Riley's brother, Rusty, recently secured another who just may fill the bill.
Billy Mee, a 5-foot-10, 200-pounder, signed a national letter of intent after redshirting last year at Cisco College.
The third baseman was a three-time, First Team All-District 12 (Class 5A) performer at Copperas Cove High School. He was also chosen as a player on the Super CenTex team.
Mee was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to Fort Bragg, and once lived for 10 years on the Gulf Coastal town of Foley, Alabama.
While at Copperas Cove, which is 142 miles southwest of Waxahachie (Waco is halfway), he suited up for C.J. Wilk, the Bulldawgs’ head coach.
Mee hit .362 in his senior season, driving in 21 runs. With power to all fields, he cracked five home runs and eight doubles while coaxing 16 walks.
“The reason that I'm coming to SAGU is to help them turn the team into a winning program,” Mee said on Tuesday. “Also, Coach Shockley is a real good coach and a good friend.”
Coach Shockley said “Billy is a very good young man with a great athletic ability. He will solidify this team with a great bat in the lineup.”
“He is a dedicated young man who works hard to be the best he can be. I look forward to having his ability, example and his character on this team.”
The Physical Education major is the son of parents Rick and Lydia. He has two sisters, Angelina (18) and Sasha (8).
He was a high school teammate of former SAGU players, DuJuan Prater and Jared Jones. Middle infielder Jacob Spivey (Georgetown, Tx) convinced him to transfer.
“I really liked the team atmosphere when I visited,” Mee added. “I also liked what I sensed in Coach Shockley.”
One of his most memorable plays during his prep career came against Harker Heights High School. The senior was challenged by teammates in the dugout to hit a homer on the first pitch.
He said “All right,” accepting their test. Pulling an inside heater, he sent the pitcher’s first offering 380 feet down the left field line. His teammates have called him “Wild Bill” ever since.
Born on the day after Christmas, hopefully Billy Mee will deliver more smile-makers while sporting purple and gold!
About SAGU baseball
SAGU is one of 300 member schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). They hold twofold affiliations, including the National Christian College Athletic Association. The NCCAA has over 100 institutions that range from NCAA Division II and III to the NAIA.
Regionally, the Lions compete in the Red River Athletic Conference, which has 15 schools from four states; Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.
The nation’s #1 ranked team, LSU-Shreveport (54-6), won the RRAC this year. They are one of six teams in the league with winning records.
Building a contender is the Lions’ goal, and they will play their first season at their new, on-campus ballfield this coming season. A complete renovation of the team’s practice field into their new home will be introduced this fall when SAGU opens camp.
Fall Camp officially begins on Monday, September 24. The team will have a few scrimmages against area teams as well as bring back the Alumni Game during October.
A weeklong World Series of intra-squad matches will wrap-up the camp as players battle for positions on the team. After graduating nine seniors, including the entire outfield, there will be plenty of opportunities to win a starting berth.
Understandably, there is much anticipation in the air about the new-look Lions, including bring the action home to the new ballpark.
Thankfully, unlike the “Field of Dreams,” there are no surrounding cornfields! And the players are real and coming to build a winner.