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Prep softball: All-Tribune team

Published June 22, 2015 5:02 pm
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Lauren Tycksen

Outfielder | Herriman | Junior

.557 avg. | 19 SBs | .621 OBP | 59 hits | 18 RBIs | 1 HR

Analysis • Tycksen, who has already committed to Weber State, often got her hard-hitting teammates off on the right track by getting on base. She had a Class 5A-leading 59 hits and an on-base percentage of .621. "She's fast on the base paths, but she gets on more through hits rather than bunts or walks," Herriman coach Heidi McKissick said. "Her range in the outfield, well, she can cover a lot of area. She makes hard catches look easy."

Siearrah Anderson

Outfielder | Tooele | Junior

.404 avg. | 11 HRs | 37 RBIs | 36 hits

Analysis • Anderson hit at an impressive .404 clip her junior season and clubbed a team-high 11 home runs. That, along with four doubles and a triple, helped her record 37 RBIs on the year for the Buffaloes. And it was all done from the eighth spot in the lineup. "She can hit hard. We have her as the number eight hitter, but that's when she seems to hit the hardest," Tooele coach Melanie Nelson said. "… [Also] she's got a great arm and can read the ball better than anybody," Nelson said.

Brooke Vanderheide

Infielder/Pitcher | Alta | Junior

.578 avg. | 52 hits | 7 HRs | 22 SB | 9-5 W-L | 99 Ks

Analysis • "She wants to do everything," veteran Alta coach Tiffani Airmet said. Verbally committed to BYU, Vanderheide's speed allows her to hit at the top of the lineup. Combine that with power and the junior made life plenty difficult for opposing pitchers. "She could bunt, slap or hit for power — hit it out of the ballpark. Sometimes it would surprise me to look at the (score) book and see what she did," Airmet said. "I'd say, 'Look, Brooke went 3 for 4 or 4 for 4 again.' "

Ashlyn Visser

Catcher | Herriman | Junior

.500 avg. | 49 hits | 4 HRs | 41 RBIs | 11 2Bs | 4 3Bs

Analysis • "She's fun. She likes to be called 'The Beast,'" Herriman coach Heidi McKissick said. Not many sophomores are picked as captains, but Visser was in 2014 and continued as the Mustangs' leader in '15. Visser racked up hits with deft handling of the stick. "The thing that's amazing about Ashlyn is she can place the ball. I've never seen that from a fast-pitch player," McKissick said. "One time, I saw an open spot in right field. I pointed at it and she hit it there. It was crazy."

Cambrie Hazel

Pitcher | Spanish Fork | Sophomore

0.74 ERA | 20-3 W-L | 194 Ks

Analysis • Hazel made tough-hitting teams look mortal — especially during the most important part of the season. In Spanish Fork's five-game run through the 4A state tournament, opponents managed only a total of three runs. Period. "Without her, I don't think we take it," coach Don Andrews said. Hazel's microscopic 0.74 ERA was best in the state for all classifications. "She's got a good riseball, good curveball," Andrews said. "We didn't use the changeup, but she's got one."

Maddie Fritsch

Outfielder | Murray | Senior

.474 avg. | 11 HRs | 42 RBIs | .561 OBP

Analysis • The 5-foot-5 senior, who often roamed left field, swung a big stick in the middle of a hot-hitting Murray lineup. Fritsch finished with a .474 average and a Class 4A-leading 42 RBIs. "She does a great job in the outfield, got a great arm. She's really come a long way, particularly this year on getting around on the ball," said Murray coach Lisa Parker. Her high batting average in '15 can partially be attributed to her ability to go the opposite way. "She's really made some great adjustments," Parker said.

Hannah Peterson

Infielder/Pitcher | South Summit | Sophomore

.605 avg. | 69 hits | 56 RBIs | 9 HRs | 17-1 W-L | 3.35 ERA

Analysis • Peterson's 69 hits were the best in the state for all classifications — and 10 better than No. 2 on the list. In the pitching circle, she finished with a 19-1 win-loss record. The last two wins came on the final day of the season as Peterson led South Summit over San Juan for the 2A title. "She gradually progressed to being a power hitter," coach Cody Bowen said. "But she only struck out three times all season. The power really added to what she can do with slapping the ball."

Jordan Lockhart

Infielder/Pitcher | Riverton | Junior

.551 avg. | 12 HRs | 41 RBIs | 43 hits | 15-6 W-L | 3.66 ERA | 131 Ks

Analysis • "She had an outstanding year. She's a powerhouse on the mound and a powerhouse with the stick," Silverwolves coach Katelyn Elliott said. It's Lockhart's work ethic that Elliott believes has paved the way for her success. "She could be the perfect pitcher and the perfect hitter, but she would still think she could get better," Elliott said. "She's one of the hardest working girls I've ever coached. If it's not in the classroom, she's heading out to the field."

Tatiana Su'e Su'e

Infielder/Pitcher | San Juan | Senior

.464 avg. | 13 HRs | 28 RBIs | 1.22 ERA | 196 Ks | 16-6 W-L

Analysis • After Su'e Su'e slammed a homer in the 2A title series, her next six plate appearances — also her last six — all were intentional walks. That kind of ploy will be harder for foes to use vs. Weber State, where Su'e Su'e is headed. When pitchers gave her the chance to hit: "There's a couple of times she hit the ball and it's still going," coach Craig Swenson said. She was also the Broncos' primary pitcher, and this season, she fanned 196 batters.

Kimbri Herring

Pitcher | Stansbury | Senior

25-4 W-L | 222 Ks | 2.32 ERA | .349 avg. | 30 hits | 3 HRs

Analysis • Despite playing sparingly as a freshman, Herring totaled 66 career victories and 521 strikeouts. And in three straight state championship victories, she was the winning pitcher every time. "You can't compare state championship games with other ones until you've actually done it," coach Bridgit Clinton said. "She can handle the tough pressure in tough games. In big games, she's actually better. She shines at the state tournament." ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

How the All-Tribune Team was chosen

Tribune and TribPreps staff used personal observations, analysis of season statistics, and input from coaches throughout the state to select an All-Tribune MVP and an additional 10-member All-Tribune Team. These players were selected from throughout the state and regardless of classification.






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