Boggs, who just completed his senior season, has recorded a .396 career batting average since he first put on the uniform in the seventh grade. Since 2010, Boggs has hit at least .400 for four straight years and ended up finishing out this past season hitting .438 finishing with career highs in runs (46), RBIs (49) and home runs (5). Boggs also played great defense in 2013 as he recorded just eight errors in the field. Boggs played a key role in leading the Wildcats to a 23-4 record with a Region 3-4A Title, marking the fourth straight year Cleveland has finished the season with a region championship.
Boggs, who signed to baseball at Hinds Community College next year, will have one more opportunity to suit up and hit the diamond as a high school player as he was selected to play for the North in the 39th Annual Crossroads Diamond Club Inc./Coach D.M. Howie Mississippi High School 4A/5A/6A All-Star baseball game at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson Saturday.
It’s been a while since CHS had a player in the all-star game as 2004 was the last time a Wildcat competed when Blaise King, Trent Jennings and Gary Barbati were selected to play in the 3A All-Star game.
The 18-year-old was humbled by his selection for the all-star game.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized as somebody that is good in a coach’s eyes,” Boggs said. “That feels really good. To be playing with these guys in this game is a great honor.”
Many of the players that are playing in the all-star game, Boggs has met during his time playing summer ball with the Jackson 96ers and the Mississippi Prospects.
Boggs said being familiar with a lot of the players will make the all-star game experience even more special.
“I know some of the guys already and that will be even more fun to be able to play with them one last time,” Boggs said.
Boggs’s career at CHS has been an example of steady progress. He started his career as a catcher and was moved to shortstop in his seventh grade year. In Boggs’s seventh and eighth grade seasons, he struck out 31 times in 88 total at-bats and hit .227 during that two-year period. Since then, Boggs has struck out just 22 times in 343 at-bats from 2010-13 and has posted a .440 batting average during that time.
Cleveland High School head baseball coach Steve Wies said Boggs showed at an early age that he had the tools to succeed.
“His physical ability has always been impressive, especially for his age,” Wies said. “That’s as far back as seventh grade when I first had him. Not quite halfway through the season, we needed him out of necessity as a shortstop. We ended up putting him there to start for good, because at the time nobody up else as far as upper classmen in high school could out perform him.”
Wies said Boggs plays the game with a lot of intelligence.
“I guess the thing that separates him from other high school players is his baseball knowledge and mind,” Wies said. “He’s always thinking, and he doesn’t always have to rely on his physical ability. He can think his way through a game.”
Wies said the intensity Boggs shows on the field sets a good example for the rest of the team.
“He’s a fierce competitor,” Wies said. “When he gets out on the playing field in whatever sport, he goes out there with the expectation to win, and he expects his teammates to have the same kind of mind.”
Boggs actually started playing at Cleveland when his older brother, Taylor, was a senior. Boggs said his entire time at CHS is one he’ll always cherish.
“They’ve been really fun and really great,” Boggs said. “Coach (Steve) Wies has always been really great to me and my teammates. There was nothing better than when I played on the diamond with my brother my seventh grade year.”