• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Eli Boggess reflects on baseball career

VERSAILLES NATIVE ELI BOGGESS recently finished an 18-year baseball career spanning tee ball to college baseball. (Photo submitted)

Baseball has been a way of life for Versailles resident Eli Boggess. He recently finished 18 years of playing baseball from tee ball to the college ranks. He grew up playing at the county park in Little League and later played travel ball with the Kentucky Rockers. "I played with the same group of kids from age six, and we traveled the country together," said Boggess. "I have a strong bond with many of those guys. We went through everything together. They became family. My mom and dad were always at my games. I can probably count on one hand how many games my dad missed in my career. I'm grateful for such incredible support." At Woodford County High School, Boggess was a member of the 2012 State Championship team and credits his coaching in high school for preparing him for the pressures of college baseball. "In high school, we had a winning culture," said Boggess. "We prepared every day to win games, and we expected to win. That group of guys was special because all they wanted to do was get better every day." At the collegiate level, Boggess played at Lincoln Trail Community College in Illinois for two years and earned all-conference honors. In 2016, he batted .309 with 60 hits and 38 runs scored while also hitting 14 doubles and swiping 18 bases. He also batted .291 with 32 hits and a pair of home runs in the summer Prospect League in 2016. After his sophomore year, Boggess landed at Morehead State University and was relentless at the plate. He finished 2017 with a .425 batting average, which was the second highest in the country. Boggess was also named first team All-Conference at third base. With his playing days over, the desire to be around the game still exists. Boggess tries to help with his old team at the Kentucky Rockers when he can, he said. "I love the game, and it's hard to walk away completely from it," said Boggess. "I feel like there are many lessons that I have learned and I hope to share these experiences with kids in the future. I didn't have many offers coming out of high school, but I worked my tail off and made it to Morehead. I hope I can inspire another young player to work hard and meet his goal."

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