lake Pummill is a gamer. Just ask Blue Springs South baseball coach Ben Baier.
Blake Pummill is a gamer.
Just ask Blue Springs South baseball coach Ben Baier.
“You want to know about Blake, huh?” asks Baier, grinning. “How much time do you have?”
Plenty – and it takes plenty of time to find out just what Pummill has meant to the Jaguars baseball program the past three years.
After hitting .442 with two triples, 14 doubles, 35 RBIs, 24 runs scored and 14 stolen bases to lead the Jaguars to a district championship and state playoff berth this spring, Pummill earned kudos from his coach:He is a two-time unanimous All-Big 7 conference first team outfielder, following his sophomore and junior season. He is in the top five in almost every career offensive category at Blue Springs South (hits, doubles, RBI, stolen bases, runs scored, batting average). He has been a first team all-district selection his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was selected to represent Team Missouri in the prestigious Jr. Sunbelt Tournament last summer. He was selected by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association as a senior all-star this year and was named to the MHSBCA All-State team. He was a first team Examiner All-Area selection his sophomore year and a second team selection last year. He was named the Hitter of the Year at Blue Springs South the past three years.
“Blake is our best player and leader on the team,” Baier said. “He has been a member of two district championship teams at South.
“The numbers he has put up this year, and in his career, against the caliber of competition that we play against is pretty impressive. He’s not a power hitter, but I can’t think of too many teams that wouldn’t want his bat in the lineup. More than that, he plays the game the right way.”
It should surprise no one that Pummill is The Examiner’s Player of the Year. He edged Fort Osage standout Alex Greer, Truman outfielder Brian Read and Oak Grove catcher Zach Morgan in voting.
“Well, I’m surprised,” said Pummill, who has signed to play baseball at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz.
“There are so many great players in the area – heck, we have two guys who could have been considered with D’Andre (Heggie) and Jesse (Gray). This is just something I never even thought about.
“It’s a great honor and a great way to end my high school career.”
Pummill isn’t a flashy player.
He’s not going to hit towering home runs or make breathtaking plays in center field.
“But he’s the man you want at the plate with the game on the line and you know he’s never going to make a mistake and that he’s going to give it his all every time he’s on the field,” Baier said. “I wish I had nine Blake Pummills.”
Pummill said he’s been playing baseball as long as he can remember.
“I’m sure I’ve played some sort of baseball since I was 3 or 4,” he said. “I love it. I’ve always loved it. All my coaches and parents have helped teach me and have supported me. I know I wouldn’t be where I am without their help and support, and I want them to know that.”
While he can look back on his past with a great sense of satisfaction, he can eye the future with a great deal of excitement.
“I always wanted to play where it’s warm, and now I get the chance to,” Pummill said. “We’re going to be playing baseball when they’re scraping snow off the sidewalk in Missouri.
“Now, I have two years to work on my game and then go on to a Division I program.”