(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- After visiting Shawnee Community College, Scott County Central senior Josh Boese couldn't help but feel like he was right at home.
After two successful years at Scott Central, Boese is hoping to keep to his roots and achievements by signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Shawnee.
"It's close to home and it's a good school," Boese said. "It's somewhere I can get prepared and maybe move up to a bigger school. It's kind of like what Scott Central is. It's small and a lot kids that I know go up there."
Boese made a name for himself with the Braves after an all-state season his junior year after batting a whopping .588. He also hit for the cycle twice during that season as well.
The catcher's junior year was one of the few times that the Braves had a player named to the all-state list.
"Josh is a born leader," Scott Central baseball coach Matt Limbaugh said. "He has a ton of potential. He has a great arm. For his size, you wouldn't think he'd have much power but he does. You get him in the weight room and get him where he's getting swings everyday, there's no telling how good he can be."
Boese was also vital to helping the Braves to a record-breaking 11-win season as well as their first district tournament win since 2004. Boese and the Braves finished with an 11-8 record which upended Scott Central's previous win record of nine.
"We wanted to make a bigger impact than we did," said Boese about his time with the Braves. "We finally won a game in districts but we wanted to go further. Things go the wrong way every now and then."
Boeses had a slight drop off in his numbers, which could be expected after hitting upwards of .600 the previous year.
Through nagging injuries and the pressures of having opposing pitchers throw to him a little more carefully, Boese still hit a respectable .320 with 14 RBI and three home runs.
"He had a dream season his junior year, had a few injuries this year but gutted it out," Limbaugh said. "He never missed a game from it. He was always our leader out there and had a decent year. He put in the numbers that you would expect from a Class 1 catcher."
Boese will be moving on to Shawnee with a chance to play right away.
"So far it's 50/50," Boese said. "If I keep working hard than maybe I'll be starting soon."
Shawnee, which is located in Ullin, Ill., competes as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference.
"They're going to love him behind the plate because he has such a great arm," Limbaugh said. "He surprises people with that arm. It's a good situation.
"I think Shawnee is going to be very lucky to have him."