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After an elbow injury shelved his pitching for the season, Dustin Boggs became one of the best catchers in the Southern Crescent in leading Jonesboro to a brink of a playoff spot.
Highlight of the season: “Beating Griffin twice in the season was special. One of our teammates, Telly Sloan, left our team to join theirs during the season. It was great beating them as a little payback. Griffin had a good season, but beating them was special for us.”
What area did you improve on: “I was able to make the transition to playing catcher after not playing it for a while. Coach (Dan) Maehlman told me that I should have been playing it my whole career. After getting hurt, I really wanted to play this season and help the team out.”
Overall impression of the season: “I thought we had a good year, was one game short of making the playoffs. It was disappointing not making the playoffs your senior year, but we had a good season. I think this senior class was able to lead this team. I think the younger players really did well, and they accepted our leadership.”
Key information: The senior catcher hit .457 with six doubles for the Cardinals. He was going to be in the starting pitching rotation but an arm injury forced him to the catcher position. Only four runners stole a base on him the entire season. He also had 29 RBIs while throwing out 28 runners.
Who else was considered: Tikeem Cooper of Riverdale and Raheem Jackson of Mundy’s Mill.
What’s next: Boggs has yet to sign a scholarship, but has several schools interested. He will make a choice between Albany State, LeMoyne-Owen, Brewton-Parker, and Paine.
Coach Dan Maehlman says: “He was probably our most consistent player in terms of offense and defense all year. He led us in just about all offensive categories. He made a smooth transition from shortstop to catcher after not playing it in a long time. He has a good baseball I.Q., which helped with team leadership.”