In many ways, Adarius Myers finished his senior season on top.
After struggling early offensively, a mid-season turnaround lifted the Seminary slugger to the top of his game. Myers finished the 2018 season batting .467 with a team-high 50 hits and nine home runs. He also batted in 35 runs. All that led to being named the state’s best 3A player, an honor he also won as a junior.
But in other ways, though, Myers’ feels like he didn’t.
“[The season] didn’t end the way I wanted it too,” said the Seminary slugger. “I most definitely wanted to finish out the season with a [championship] ring.”
Seminary lost seven of its first eight games of the season. Then came the turnaround. After returning home from the Perfect Game Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia, Seminary won 12 out of its last 14 regular season games. Ten of those wins came in region play as Seminary claimed its fourth consecutive Region 8-3A title.
Coincidentally, Seminary’s mid-season turns around coincided with Myers hot streak at the plate. The Lousiana Tech commit finished four of Seminary’s first eight games without a hit. In the 14 regular season games that followed, Myers recorded base hits in 13 of them, including 10 games with multiple hits.
“I talked to my mom, and I told her things were hard. I wasn’t hitting the curveball well at all,” said Myers of his first several games. “She told me that I didn’t have that scholarship offer for no reason and for me to go out there, play my best and try my hardest.”
“When we went to Atlanta, it was like another slap in the face,” Myers added. “I struck out a lot. I think I was like 2-for-12 or 3-for-13 the whole time we were there. But once I returned from our four games in Atlanta, where I saw some outstanding pitching, I started crushing the ball from then on.”
Myers continued his hot streak into the playoffs.
Seminary advanced all the way to the Class 3A South State series, even winning Game 1 vs. St. Andrews, 11-1. But its hot streak ended with two straight losses in the series as Seminary’s season drew its last breath. The Bulldogs finished the season 21-12 overall and short of the goal Myers and the team had set.
“I didn’t cry until I came out of the dugout and saw my mother cry,” said Myers. “But losing in South State did not feel as bad as losing in the state championship a year ago.”
When Myers was 15 years old, he, his travel ball team (59 Baseball) and head coach Trey Sutton – now the head coach at West Jones and this year’s Sports601 Baseball Coach of the Year – played in a tournament on Louisana Tech’s field. Myers later told Sutton how he could envision himself playing there one day after high school.
“The recruiting process for me was slow at the beginning,” Myer recalled. “During my junior year, I started getting calls from JUCO’s. Then came my first offer. It was a D1 offer from Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
“After that, I started getting a lot of JUCO offers from Mississippi and a couple in Alabama and Louisiana. From there I picked up a few more D1 offers and finally Louisiana Tech called. They told me they saw me play in Atlanta and wanted me to visit them.”
Myers jumped at the opportunity.
“I visited Louisiana Tech, and they offered me,” added Myers. “They gave me a good scholarship offer. I really couldn’t turn it down. I love the campus and its something I wanted to do.”
Myers said a big part of his growth as a player is due to the work of his head coach Jeff Graves.
“Graves helped me build confidence in myself,” Myers said. “After my sophomore season, I feel like I was getting better but didn’t have the confidence to bring the dog out in me [so to speak].
“During my junior year, Graves told me I needed to play with more confidence. That moment was big for me.”
Graves stepped down from his position as head baseball coach at Seminary following the 2018 season to pursue other opportunities.
Adding to Myers list of achievements – including being named Class 3A’s Player of the Year in Mississippi – he is also “Sports601’s 2018 Baseball Player of the Year.”