Prep Baseball Report

2024 MSHSA Playoffs: Class 5, District 2 Preview

By: Diego Solares
Central Region Media Director, Scouting

The 2024 MSHSAA District playoffs are set to start tomorrow, May 10th, for Classes 1-through-4, with the Class 5 and Class 6 bracket kicking off next week. From now until then, teams across the state will compete for an opportunity to capture a District crown and punch their ticket to Sectionals, and ultimately a spot in Ozark. 

Over the next few days, our staff will be previewing each District for Class 5 and Class 6. Here are the Districts we have previewed so far: 

+ Class 6, District 8
+ Class 6, District 7
+ Class 6, District 6
+ Class 6, District 5
+ Class 6, District 4
+ Class 6, District 3
+ Class 6, District 2
+ Class 6, District 1
+ Class 5, District 8
+ Class 5, District 7
+ Class 5, District 6
+ Class 5, District 5
+ Class 5, District 4
+ Class 5, District 3

Below you’ll learn more about Class 5, District 2 and its outlook with the playoffs set to start next week. 

+ Webster Groves (16-13) earns the top seed in this District. The Statesmen beat a handful of key opponents, including Parkway Central, John Burroughs, Parkway South, Rockwood Summit, Lafayette, Oakville, and Lutheran South. Webster Groves takes an “attack as a unit” approach on offense, with multiple different threats across the lineup that can beat you in multiple different ways. They also have five different players with double-digit stolen bases on the year, adding an even greater dynamic to their offense. Jackson Torbit (2024), Henry Biffar (2024; McKendree), Chris Wilhelm (2025), and Tyson Knapp (2024) are all throwing the ball well for this team on the mound. Webster Groves is the favorite to take home this District title. 

+ John Burroughs (13-12) won the Class 4 state championship last spring and, because of the competition rule, bumps up to Class 5 this spring. They’ve won four straight to end the year, including a sweep of Lutheran South and a win over Parkway South, who’s one of the top teams in the state. Hall Chapman (2025) has stepped into the role of staff ace in his junior year, hurling 51 ⅔ innings with a 2.03 ERA and 59 strikeouts. Griffin Barnett (2024), Calvin Gelle (2024), Ahmad Muhammad (2025), Carter Deken (2026), and Charlie Karlovic (2024; Occidental) are all having strong seasons at the plate as well. 

+ Lutheran South (14-15) is the third seed in this grouping. Mac Floyd (2024) and Connor Terbrock (2024) both hit over .400 in a near 100 plate appearance sample to pace this offense. Brendan Graves (2024) led the way on the mound with a 2.75 ERA over a 40 ⅔ inning sample, while Jacob Cody (2025) and Jack Dalton (2027) each threw the ball well for the Lancers. 

+ Clayton (10-15), St. Mary’s South Side (4-11), McCluer North (12-1), Hazelwood East (6-4), and Vashon (3-5) are the last five seeds in this District. 


Host: Webster Groves

1. Webster Groves
2. John Burroughs
3. Lutheran South
St. Mary’s South Side
McCluer North 
Hazelwood East