Less than 36 hours after making the defensive play of the Georgia Class AAA baseball series with Greenbrier High School, Lee County center fielder Matthew Meeks died in a single-car accident.
Meeks, 16, died of injuries sustained after losing control of his truck and crashing into a tree early Sunday on a rural Lee County road.
Lee County coach Rob Williams said Meeks was on his way home from visiting his girlfriend.
"We don't know if a deer jumped out and he overcompensated (to avoid it), Williams said.
In Friday's opening game of the best-of-three playoffs, which Lee County won at Greenbrier, Meeks reached over the fence to make a spectacular catch, robbing the Wolfpack's Bradley Key of a home run in the third inning. Lee County won 8-0.
In the sixth inning of Game 2, Meeks had a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning that tied the game at 10-10. Lee County went on to win 11-10, dethroning Greenbrier, which had won the last three state AAA championships.
Lee County is scheduled to play Marist in the state semifinals this week.