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Dakota Donovan

Pitcher | Pine View | Senior | 5 wins, 2 saves | 0.66 ERA | 90 strikeouts | 2 HRs | 20 RBIs

Analysis • "Dakota is not just a great pitcher, but a great teammate and leader. He leads with such confidence, but treats every teammate like they are best friends. Everyone knows him for his pitching, but he has been one of our best hitters, as well. He is a total team player. We will miss him on the field and in the dugout."

— Troy Wall, Pine View coach

Payton Freeman

Pitcher | Lone Peak | Junior | .451 avg. | 7 doubles | 2 triples | 8 HRs | 59 RBIs | 34 runs | 6-2 W-L | 3.54 ERA

Analysis • "Payton was absolutely phenomenal this season. He is a hard-working player that never lets the game get too complicated for him. He always believes in himself and it always felt like he came through when our team needed him to. Our team absolutely loves him, and our coaching staff does as well. He is definitely a guy who makes everyone around him better. I am proud of him and am excited to have him for another season."

— Matt Bezzant, Lone Peak coach

Payton Henry

Catcher | Pleasant Grove | Senior | .519 avg. | .690 on-base percentage | 33 walks | 1.038 slugging percentage |7 HRs | 30 RBIs | 32 strikeouts in 21 innings

Analysis • "Payton topped off a phenomenal career with a great senior season. Even though he was intentionally walked numerous times, he was still able to put up big numbers for the team when opportunities were presented. Payton shut down running games for other teams as our catcher, and provided great pitching, as well. His work ethic and drive to get better were second to none."

— Darrin Henry, Pleasant Grove coach

Oliver Dunn

Infield | Cottonwood | Senior | 47 hits | 36 runs | 13 doubles | 7 triples | 1 HR | 31 RBIs | 9 SB

Analysis • "Oliver has always wanted to be better than everyone else. He has worked and worked to become the player he has become. I still feel he has not reached his ceiling and will continue to improve as a player. Oliver respects the process and the game. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch his work come around and see his success."

— Jason Crawford, Cottonwood coach

Sean Keating

Infield | Bingham | Senior | .448 avg. | 39 hits | 14 RBIs | 11 doubles | 3 triples | 3 HRs | 3-3 W-L | 2.51 ERA | 53 strikeouts

Analysis • Arguably the most talented player in the state, Keating, a left-handed ace expected to play both ways at the next level, entered his senior season with added attention opposed to his junior year. Opponents schemed around him, yet the future Arizona State Sun Devil continued to produce. "Even though a 'marked man,' Sean had another outstanding offensive season to lead the Miners in almost every offensive category."

— Joe Sato, Bingham coach

Mick Madsen

Infield | American Fork | Senior | .349 avg. | 9 doubles | 2 triples | 2 HRs | 17 RBIs | 34 runs | 9-2 W-L | 3.00 ERA | 81 strikeouts

Analysis • "Just his leadership, his work ethic — I mean, every day he came in and worked his butt off. I think just the confidence he has in his ability and skill set. He does some special things. He kind of gives off the vibe that 'I'm going to beat you.' His confidence in himself was impeccable."

— Jarod Ingersoll, American Fork coach

Tanner Evans

Infield | Timpanogos | Senior | .433 avg. | .540 OBP | 42 hits | 4 doubles | 6 triples | 1 HR | 33 RBIs

Analysis • "Three-year starter at shortstop. He's been a solid part of our defense, and each year he's gotten better offensively and made bigger contributions — not just batting average, but also key hits at the right times. He will be very hard to replace. After last year, I gave him a challenge to make sure that your teammates are taken care of, and he took it very personally."

— Kim Nelson, Timpanogos coach

Tanner Hamblin

Utility | Salem Hills | Senior | .426 avg. | 46 hits | 37 runs | 41 RBIs | 12 doubles | 8 HRs | .496 OBP |6-1 W-L | 2.84 ERA | 51 strikeouts

Analysis • "He has one of the best left-handed swings I've coached in 29 years. He has the ability to hit for power and hit for average, [and] is pretty much at his best against the best pitching he faced. He just competes. At the college level, I would never not give him an opportunity to bat in the lineup, but at 6-5, 220, his future could be on the mound. We just don't even know because his potential is that high."

— Scott Haney, Salem Hills coach

Paxton Schultz

Utility | Orem | Senior | 11-1 W-L | 2.90 ERA | 105 strikeouts | .426 avg. | 1 HR | 11 doubles | 31 RBIs

Analysis • "You always talk about having a guy where you know what you're going to get from him every single day without any question, whether it's in November and we're just starting to work out or whether it's in the end of May. To have a guy like that, it sets the tempo for everybody involved. He's going to be very hard for us to replace because of that reason. He made us all work harder, us as coaches as well. He's a tremendous kid with a tremendous work ethic and desire to win and compete."

— Carl Hermansen, Orem coach

Zach Collins

Utility | Murray | Senior | .629 avg. | 1.387 slugging | 15 doubles | 10 HRs | 53 RBIs | 2 passed balls in 145 innings caught

Analysis • "Although his offensive numbers are some of the best this state has ever seen from one player, it's his defensive presence and team leadership we will miss most. Zach is not a showboat-type player. He just suits up and plays the game harder than anyone else. He's worked since he was a kid to become as good as he was this past year, and I couldn't be happier for him that his hard work paid off."

— Marce Wilson, Murray coach

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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