The Blue Springs South High School baseball team can hit the books, or hit it out of the park.

The Jaguars placed third in the 65th annual Class 5 Missouri State High School Baseball Championships at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo., last Saturday and later learned that they had the highest cumulative grade point average of any baseball team in any class.

The Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association named its Academic All-State players and teams, and for the second year in a row, Blue Springs South led all schools in all classes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.794 (for the 20 players who comprised the varsity roster).

“Obviously, this is something that I am proud of,” Jaguars coach Ben Baier said. “This team is a special team and it's special for so many reasons. It's the type of team that makes you feel proud to be a part of.”

Six Jaguars made the Academic All-State team, including Reece Eddins, Austin Simms, Jacob Clark and Braden Younkin – who are all two-time team members – and newcomers Patrick Lemberger and Ethan Frazier.