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Luke Ritter

Wichita State University


Luke Ritter will graduate with a degree in finance in May 2019. While at Wichita State, he has been named to the dean’s list twice and selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll five different semesters. He also was selected to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team in 2018.


Head Coach Todd Butler on Luke Ritter: “Since stepping on campus in 2016, Luke has embraced his role as a college student-athlete. He is a positive contributor on the field, in the weight room and within all athletic-related gatherings. He has grown over the years and has become a valued leader for baseball. The interesting story about Luke is that at the end of his junior year, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 37th round. Every young baseball player dreams of draft day and getting an offer from the big leagues. It was a great day for Luke; however, he did not take the offer. Instead, Luke decided to stay in school to achieve his undergraduate degree. Luke has always been a person who has finished every task or obstacle placed in front of him. I have been fortunate to coach over 1,000 players along with 199 drafted and 45 Major Leaguers. In my opinion, Luke Ritter is in the top five percent of student-athletes I have been fortunate to coach.”


Ritter works the Shocker Baseball Camps to teach children baseball skills and watch them improve. He has volunteered at the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization Ice Cream Social and helped teach baseball skills to League 42, which is a league for urban youth in Wichita. He has also done Reading with the Shockers, and he volunteered at Earhart Environmental Magnet’s Fall Festival by serving food to students and parents.


Ritter will be the starting third baseman for Wichita State in 2019. Last season, he was named first-team all-conference in the American Athletic Conference after hitting a team-best .341 with 76 hits, 12 doubles, one triple, six homers, 31 RBI, 24 walks and six stolen bases. He was selected preseason all-conference heading into 2019.