2018 Team Preview: Blue Springs Wildcats


Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Blue Springs HS
Nickname: Wildcats
Class: Class 5
Conference: Gold Division - Suburban Conference
Head Coach: Tim McElligott
Years as head coach at school: 5
Twitter Handle:
@bs_wildcatbb
2017 Overall Record: 18-12
2017 Conference Record:
9-3 (Ties for 1st)
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost in District Semifinal
Team Website: https://bswildcats.com/

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 7

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Jake Lufft, 3B/RHP, 2018, 1st Team All State (Pittsburg State)
Ray Paniaqua, OF, 2018, 1st Team All Area 
Luke Smith 1B/P, 2018, 1st Team All Area (Dodge City CC)
Caleb Marquez, C, 2018, 2nd Team All Area
Nick Brandner, SS/RHP, 218, Honorable Mention All Area
Logan MacKay, 2B, 2018, Honorable Mention All Area (Dodge City CC)
Peyton Smith, P/OF, 2018 Honorable Mention All Area

Players to Watch
Mitchell Smith, UTL, 2019
Andrew Garry, OF, 2019
Blake Stenger, OF, 2019

Season Outlook
The Blue Springs Wildcats will have plenty of experience returning in 2018, and no shortage of seniors on the roster.  Senior RHP/1B Jake Lufft is a four year starter, while senior OF Peyton Smith enters his third year as a starter in the outfield . Senior catcher Caleb Marquez is a four year letter man behind the plate.  The trio has a big game experience and look to lead the Wildcats this spring.  Watch for Lufft to build off his big season in 2017, Smith to contribute with important innings on the mound, and Marquez to add a power bat to the middle of the line up. Seniors Ray Paniaqua, Luke Smith, Nick Brandner and Logan MacKay are all coming off All-Area performances from last year.  Keep and eye on this group of seniors to make a run once May roll around. 

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