Boggs went 2-for-6 to bring his hit total for the tournament to 16, breaking the NJCAA Division II World Series record for total hits in a series. Even though Boggs broke the record, the Thunderbirds won the game 9-7 in 11 innings to win its first national championship since 1972 when the were Division I.
One of Boggs’ hits Saturday was a RBI-single that tied the game at 6-6 in the seventh inning. Hinds had trailed 5-0 after the first five innings.
Trailing 9-7 in the bottom of the 11th with two outs, Boggs was up at the plate again. He ended up hitting a sharp ground ball that was fielded cleanly by the shortstop for the final out of the game.
In seven games in the World Series, Boggs ended up going 16-for-30 (.533 avg.) with two home runs, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored. He recorded at least two hits in six of those games and hit safely in all seven. He struck out just three times in tournament and earned the Marucci Elite Hitter of the Tournament award.
Boggs said during the course of the year, his main goal was to go out there and give it his best.
“I just went out there and gave it 100 percent and whatever happened, happened,” Boggs said.
According to Boggs, the entire team understood that Saturday’s game wasn’t like any other game.
“It definitely gave you goose bumps,” Boggs said. “You never get nervous before a game, but playing for a national championship, there were a lot of people getting nervous.”
The Eagles infielder said the team was obviously disappointed about not winning the title, but was proud of what they accomplished.
“Everybody was emotional, because he felt we should have won the game but that’s how baseball is,” Boggs said. “We had never thought about it that whole year that we would be in the national championship. It was a dream come true. Even though you lost, you will always remember that season you had.”
Boggs had many family members and friends that made the long journey to Enid to watch him play during the long week.
He said having the support really made the accomplishments more special.
“All the support that everybody gave me, it was very sweet,” Boggs added.
Boggs closed out the year with an 11-game hitting streak and ended up finishing with a .366 batting average. He also recorded 37 RBIs and scored 38 runs in 61 games. The trip to the World Series for the Eagles (40-21) was their first since 1999 and fifth trip overall.
The first baseman will never forget competing with this group of players.
“It was definitely fun,” Boggs said. “We had a great group of guys. Everybody got along good, and we cheered each other on. Nobody pulled us down, and we all had faith in each other. We just connected as a group.”