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Best of the Best: 2022 All-Valley Baseball Team

By Darnell Dickson - | Jun 18, 2022


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Maddux Madsen Sr., Lehi

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

American Fork pitcher Kaden Carpenter throws a pitch during the 6A playoff game against Lone Peak at Miller Park in Provo on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Madsen was crucial in all aspects for the 5A state champions. On offense, he averaged .455 with 46 hits, 42 RBI, 11 doubles, four triples and four home runs. As a catcher, Madsen handled a young pitching staff that was great all year long. On the mound, he finished 8-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 74 strikeouts. He will play quarterback at Boise State next season.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Sawyer Slade, Jr. C/P, Orem

Slade was a tough out and hit for plenty of power for the Tigers. In 2022, he batted .467 with 50 hits, nine doubles, nine home runs and 47 RBI.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Jake Olsen Jr. SS, Lehi

Olsen proved to be one of the state’s best shortstops. His fielding percentage at the toughest position on the field was .923. At the plate, Olsen averaged .429 with 40 runs scored, 42 hits, 40 RBI, 13 doubles, three triples and three home runs.

PITCHING MVP: Kaden Carpenter, Sr. P/OF, American Fork

The University of Utah-bound star was 8-2 in 2022 with a 1.75 ERA and 52 strikeouts as key member of the Cavemen, which advanced to the state 6A finals for the second season in a row.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jason Ingersoll, Lehi

Ingersoll and the Pioneers took some lumps last season but the youngsters grew up and won the school’s first state baseball title since 1981, earning victories in three straight one-run games to clinch the championship.

All-Valley First Team

Billy Bird Jr. P/1B, Timpanogos

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Lehi's Jake Olsen delivers a pitch during the 5A baseball state finals at UCCU Ballpark in Orem on Friday, May 27, 2022.

The lanky lefty battled .424, 27 runs, 28 hits, 18 RBI, 10 doubles, one triple and two home runs.

Jackson Bolender, Sr. 1B, Wasatch

No one got Bolender out consistently this year. The senior hit .525 with eight runs, 34 hits, 16 RBI, six doubles, three triples and two home runs.

Jackson Brousseau Jr. P/1B, Lehi

Brousseau battled .385 with 19 runs, 30 hits, 33 RBI, nine doubles and three home runs. On the mound, Brousseau was 6-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Colby Carter Sr P/OF, Skyridge

Cater did it all for the Falcons, batting .431 with 13 runs scored, 31 hits, 18 RBI and seven doubles. On the mound, Carter was 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA and 27 strikeouts.

Daysun Cuthill, Sr. American Leadership Academy

The Eagles made it all the way to the 3A finals for the first time in school history and Cuthill helped make it happen, batting .449 with 33 runs, 35 hits, 22 RBI, six doubles, three triples and two home runs while posting an 8-2 record as a pitcher with a 3.20 ERA and 62 strikeouts.

Kaden Davis, Sr. 3B, Pleasant Grove

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Pleasant Grove's Tua Wolfgramm (right) is greeted by teammate Kaden Davis after hitting a three-run homer against Skyridge in a 5A state playoff game on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Davis provided plenty of offense for the Vikings, batting .427 with 31 runs scored, 41 hits, 36 RBI, ten doubles and six home runs.

Brody Duvall Sr. OF/IF/P, Spanish Fork

Duvall put up good numbers for the No. 1 seeded Dons, batting .384 with 24 runs and three triples.

Payton Esplin Sr. 1B, Springville

Esplin made his senior year count, batting .446 with 27 runs, 41 hits, 19 RBI, five doubles, three triples and a home run.

Cam Ford Jr. SS, Payson

Ford became one of the state’s top young players by battling .456 with 27 runs, 36 hits, 12 RBI, seven doubles, one triple and 14 stolen bases.

Kaden Hodson Jr. IF/P, Lone Peak

Hodson teamed up with Tate Lewis in the middle of the PG lineup and hit .403 with 23 runs scored, 41 hits, 28 RBI, nine doubles, three triples and four home runs.

Fisher Ingersoll Sr. IF, American Fork

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American Fork shortstop Fisher Ingersoll (right) turns a double play against Pleasant Grove on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Ingersoll, who will play at TCU next season, led the state in home runs (11) while batting .363 with 39 runs scored, 41 hits, 45 RBI, six doubles, four triples and 13 stolen bases.

Ethan Johnson So. C/IF, Cedar Valley

Johnson dominated at the plate, batting .434 with 22 runs scored, 40 hits, 22 RBI, five doubles, four triples and 13 stolen bases.

Easton Jones Sr. 3B, American Fork

The BYU-bound third baseman battled .398 with 38 runs scored, 41 hits, 29 RBI, seven doubles and seven home runs.

Naulivou “Junior” Lauaki So. 3B/P, Springville

Lauaki is one of the state’s most exciting young players, batting .471 with 23 runs, 40 hits, 29 RBI, nine doubles, two triples and six home runs.

Crew McChesney Jr. OF, Lone Peak

The ultra-quick McChesney was the perfect leadoff hitter for the Knights, batting .400 with 34 runs scored, 38 hits, 25 RBI, seven doubles, five triples, four home runs and nine stolen bases.

Ryder Robinson Jr. IF, American Fork

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American Leadership Academy's Daysun Cuthill delivers a pitch against Juan Diego during a 3A state quarterfinal baseball game on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The Caveman leadoff hitter was lethal, batting .436 with 55 runs scored, 48 hits, 27 RBI, nine doubles, one triple and six home runs to go along with 18 stolen bases.

Easton Romero Sr. C/P, Spanish Fork

The BYU commit topped the Dons in hitting with a .414 batting average with 15 RBI and five doubles.

Ryker Schow, Jr. SS, Pleasant Grove

Schow was a tough out all season, hitting .386 with 34 runs scored, 39 hits, 20 RBI, 10 doubles, two triples and 16 stolen bases.

Cohen Strickland, Jr 1B, Orem

Strickland made every at-bat count, batting .416 with 47 hits, 16 doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBI.

Spencer Vance, Sr. OF, Salem Hills

Vance came up big all year long for the Skyhawks, bating .388 with 26 runs, 40 hits, 28 RBI, eight doubles, two triples and three home runs.

Dakoda West Sr. P/3B, Timpanogos

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Salem Hills players celebrate with centerfielder Spencer Vance (top center) after he hit a walk-off home run during the Region 9 game against Spanish Fork in Salem on Friday, April 15, 2022.

West did everything well for the Timberwolves, batting .494 with 24 runs, 41 hits, 35 RBI, eight doubles, five triples and one home run. He also posted a 4-1 record as a pitcher with a 4.10 ERA and 65 strikeouts.

Tua Wolfgramm So. C/3B, Pleasant Grove

Wolfgramm was electric in his first varsity season, batting .377 with 25 runs scored, 43 hits, 20 RBI, 13 doubles, one triple and three home runs.

All-Valley Second Team

Easton Barrett So. P/OF, Springville

Barrett is a budding star, finishing 2022 with an 8-4 record, a 1.20 ERA and 105 strikeouts.

Luke Blake, Sr. LF, Pleasant Grove

Blake stepped into a full-time role in 2022 and batted .360 with 28 runs, 31 hits, 16 RBI, two doubles and a triple.

Jack Bluth, Sr. 2B, Wasatch

Bluth handled his business with a .371 batting average, 21 runs, 33 hits, 14 RBI, six doubles and a home run.

Jaxon “Wack” Christensen Sr., Lehi

Lehi’s state tournament hero, who homered and later scored the winning run in the 5A final, batted .352 with 28 runs, 31 hits, 26 RBI, five doubles, one triple and six home runs.

Chazz Crook Sr. IF/P, Timpanogos

Crook hit .395 with 23 runs, 34 hits, 32 RBI, seven doubles and five triples.

Will Dart So. SS/P, Spanish Fork

Dart, who has started since his freshman year, batted .364 with 25 runs, 14 RBI, five doubles and two home runs. He also posted a .926 fielding percentage.

Dax DeWitt, Sr. C, Maple Mountain

DeWitt led the Golden Eagles with a .386 batting average, adding 39 hits, 22 RBI, four doubles and two home runs.

Zach Evans Sr. IF/OF, Lehi

Evans, who drove Christensen in with a single in the 5A final, batted .329 with 25 runs, 24 hits, 19 RBI, four doubles, one triple and two home runs.

Zaylun Fenn, Sr. IF/P, Salem Hills

Fenn was a stalwart for the Skyhawks, batting .356 with 24 RBI, seven doubles, two triples and five home runs while posting a 2.56 ERA and a 4-3 record with 45 strikeouts on the mound.

Skyler Hansen, Sr. 1B/OF, American Leadership Academy

Hansen was lethal at the plate, batting .424 with 22 runs, 39 hits, 33 RBI, 10 doubles, four triples and a home run.

Josh Heaton Jr. OF/P, Lone Peak

Heaton posted an 8-2 record on the mound with a 3.25 ERA and 51 strikeouts. At the plate, Heaton hit .310 with 14 runs, 22 hits, 17 RBI, four doubles and one home run.

Nick Holland Sr. P/OF, Skyridge

Holland battled injury during the season but still hit .404 with 14 runs, 19 hits, ten RBI, five doubles and a home run.

Jackson Hollingshaus, Sr. P/1B, Maple Mountain

Hollingshaus battled .321 with 26 runs, 27 hits, 15 RBI, three doubles, one triple and three home runs. In addition he was 7-3 as a pitcher with a 2.66 ERA and 60 strikeouts.

Luke Kimmel Jr. P, Orem

The lefty was 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 59 strikeouts. He also batted .348 with five home runs for the Tigers.

Tate Lewis, Sr. C/1B, Pleasant Grove

Lewis batted .337 with 10 runs, 33 hits, 29 RBI, nine doubles, one triple and three home runs.

Luke Livingston So. OF, Timpanogos

The three-sport star (football, basketball and baseball) batted .407 with 32 runs, 37 hits, 24 RBI, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and seven stolen bases.

Alex Martinez, Jr. C, Provo

Martinez batted .333 with 13 runs, 28 hits, 20 RBI, seven doubles and five home runs for the Bulldogs.

Brayden Marx, Jr. P, Pleasant Grove

Marx was an ace all year long, finishing with a 6-3 record and a 2.33 ERA with 82 strikeouts.

Sam Richards Sr. LF/DH, Salem Hills

Richards topped the Skyhawks with a .409 batting average, adding 38 hits, 19 runs, 22 RBI, nine doubles one triple and one home run.

Josh Rojas Jr. C, American Fork

Rojas was terrific behind the plate (fielding percentage of .989) and batted .404 with 13 runs, 36 hits, 29 RBI, 11 doubles, one triple and five home runs.

Payton Swapp, Sr. OF, Wasatch

Swapp batted .338 with 30 runs, 25 hits, 27 RBI, seven doubles and six home runs.

Dane Tenney, Sr. C/1B, Lone Peak

Tenney had a great year behind the plate and batted .382 with 26 hits, 18 RBI seven doubles and four home runs.

Ethan Ward, Sr. 2B/C, American Leadership Academy

Ward batted .416 with 19 runs, 37 hits, 32 RBI, five doubles, three triples and four home runs.

Dax Watts So. OF/P, American Fork

Watts hit .379 with 15 runs, 33 hits, 25 RBI, four doubles, one triple and two home runs.

Payton Weber Sr. 2B/SS, Cedar Valley

Weber batted .400 with 30 runs, 36 hits, 19 RBI four doubles and two home runs.

All-Valley Honorable Mention

AMERICAN FORK: Davis Andrews, Dax Newman

AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: Cameron Fenn, Braydon Johnson, Jaeger Nelson, Austin Smalley

CEDAR VALLEY: Mason Grow, Mayson Hunsaker, Dillon Perkins, Cooper Thomson

LEHI: Boston Bingham, Mays Madsen, McGwire Madsen, Dawson Rodak, Braden Willes

LONE PEAK: Chris Billings, Easton Comer, Jordan Fry, Jethro Johnson

MAPLE MOUNTAIN: Corbin Bailey, Mike Bennett, Chase Johnston

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Charlie Hill, Tyson Hill, Dirso Melendez, Elian Tortoledo

OREM: Easton Davies, Alex Hansen, Cam Humphries, Maddox Lamoreaux, Owen Miller

PAYSON: Burton Ford, Maddux Jarvis, Heston Laird, Bryce Marvin

PLEASANT GROVE: Cruz Blackhurst, Ty Caldwell, Sam Haynie, Cooper Thompson, Gage Trane, Hayden Zamboni

PROVO: Cy Berge, Drew Deucher, Kampton Fuller, Keegan Gingras, Isaac Tucker

SALEM HILLS: Kam Coburn, Charlie Cushing, Luke DeGraffenried, Nolan Miller, Zak Nelson

SKYRIDGE: Tyler Ball, Teagan Calton, Isaac Johanson, Jaren Kalama, Seth Norton, Ike Pickle, Dalton Young

SPANISH FORK: Dax Bringhurst, Kade Cloward, Ty Creer, Mitchell Dalton, Zac Dart

SPRINGVILLE: Beau Brunson, Kade Dellamas, Ryder Poulson, Cashe Averett

TIMPANOGOS: Dylan Gazaway, Kayden Harding, Kam Heinz, Tate MacGillivray

TIMPVIEW: Isaac Raines, Dal Beavers

WASATCH: Crew Erickson, Tragun Shaw, Chett Wilson, Cole Zimmerman

WESTLAKE: Braxton Anderson, Luke Culley, Drey Gower, Sage Strayer


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