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Timpanogos, Sr., P
10-0 record, 1.94 ERA, 74 K
When the going got tough, Cornish became, well, Tyler Cornish. "He's developed a competitiveness that brings out his skills," Timpanogos coach Kim Nelson said. "When things get difficult, he gets better." And Cornish's skills aren't limited. The right-hander helped guide the Timberwolves to the Class 4A state championship from the mound. But he was also a standout with the bat, and third base is where you'll find Cornish on a regular basis. "I think his year hitting was even better," Nelson said about Cornish, who had a .515 batting average, hit five homers, knocked in 43 runs and is now Utah's standard bearer for hits in a single season with 52.
Davis, Sr., P
8-1 record, 0.44 ERA, 53 K
The Darts' right-hander had an ERA that barely registered above zero and he suffered only one loss on the season over 48 innings of work. "Every time I put him out there, I thought I had a 90 percent chance of winning," Davis coach Dave Leo said. "I say 90, but actually I knew we were going to win." Fuller, who batted third in the lineup, also was solid with a .363 average and has been starting at third base since his freshman year with the Darts. "He could flat-out swing it," Leo said. "The kid is just strong, too. Besides his pitching, he must throw 7,000 balls a week in practice from third. Never once did he ever say that he was sore."
Layton, Sr., C
.536 average, 40 hits, 25 RBIs
Harrop might come across as "just one of the guys" in a senior-heavy Lancers' squad, according to Layton coach Robert Ferneau. But the senior catcher was regarded as a leader by example. Ferneau said Harrop sees the ball very well and throws the ball to second quickly as the team's catcher. Offensively, Harrop did drive the ball out for one home run, but his strength was getting on base without having to clear the fence. His 40 hits led the Lancers, and those hits weren't generally infield squibs or Texas leaguers. "Everything he hit, he put the barrel on," Ferneau said. "He had an extremely great year."
Cottonwood, Sr., 1B
.342 average, 5-1 record, 2.05 ERA, 64 K (pitching)
Las Vegas' loss was Cottonwood's gain as Rosenkrantz was the Colts' ace to start and end championship week in the Class 5A state tourney. He pitched all eight innings, including allowing no runs over the last seven, in a win over American Fork. In the 5A title against Lone Peak, the Knights never got past second base against Rosenkrantz, who moved from Nevada after his junior year of high school and plans to play collegiately at Washington State. "At first, I really didn't understand his personality, but one day he started calling out our players for not doing what they're supposed to," Colts coach Jason Crawford said. "I thought, man, that's a leader right there."
Bingham, Sr., 2B
.345 average, 9 doubles, 22 RBIs
Farnsworth, a versatile infielder who can play across the diamond, ended up filling a need when Bingham's coaches concluded just before region that he would help best at third to finish his senior season. Hitting in the middle of the Miners' lineup, Farnsworth collected clutch hits on several occasions as Bingham came one game short of reaching the Class 5A state championship game. "We wouldn't have gone as far as we did without him," Miners coach Joey Sato said. In fact, Farnsworth's .345 batting average turned into a great .533 percentage in the 5A playoffs. "He was pretty much the heart and soul of the team," Sato said.
Park City, Sr., SS
.353 average, 9-1 record, 0.41 ERA, 102 K (pitching)
Although the Miners had the benefit of Brady's play for every game, and that was significant given his ability with the bat, Park City rode the arm of its ace pitcher as far as possible in the Class 3A playoffs. Early in the state tournament, Brady guided the Miners to a shutout win over Desert Hills. Later in the week, the senior's availability was used up in another victory over Pine View. "I think that's the best game he threw all year," Park City coach David Feasler said about Brady's win over the Thunder. "He was really dominating against a really tough team." Brady, who finished with the best ERA in the state, will take his talents to BYU.
Dixie, Jr., 3B
.457 average, 10 HRs, 42 RBIs
Fisher made the move to third base from the outfield when the Flyers had a need. Dixie coach Dan Ipson already knew that Fisher could make the long throw across the diamond. "He was our No. 1 [pitcher], no doubt about it," Ipson said. Fisher finished with a 7-1 record and a 1.60 ERA for the 3A state champs. "Our focus before the season was conserving pitches, throwing more strikes, and he did that." At 6 foot 5 and 230 pounds, Fisher is built for other sports as well, and he does play football for Dixie. "I'm going to presume that he's going to play baseball," Ipson said about his standout's post-prep plans.
Lone Peak, Sr., OF
.315 average, 11 HRs, 32 RBIs
Corry, who led the state in long balls as a batter, also was a dominant pitcher, helping the Knights advance to the Class 5A championship game. "When he is on, I don't think there's a better guy," Lone Peak coach Matt Bezzant said about his lefty ace, who finished with an 8-1 record, 2.29 ERA and 97 strikeouts with a fastball regularly in the 89 to 93 mph range. The San Francisco Giants will decide if Corry will be a pitcher or everyday pro player after they picked him in the third round of the amateur draft. "Physically, he's very gifted," Bezzant said. "He works hard and he's the kind of kid everyone gravitates to."
Timpanogos, Jr., OF
.326 average, 7-0 record, 1.58 ERA (pitching)
The 2017 campaign was a banner year for a Timberwolves team that only lost one game while taking the Class 4A crown, and Eaquinto was a big part of that. Timpanogos was guarded in using Eaquinto early in the season because injuries hampered his transition to baseball from basketball, where he also stands out. The left-hander eventually started the state championship game as the Timberwolves' pitcher and now has a career 22-1 record on the mound. "He throws hard enough from the left side that it gives him a little bit of an edge," Timpanogos coach Kim Nelson said. "His real advantage is that he can throw three pitches for strikes when he needs to."
Stansbury, Sr., OF
.443 average, 1.11 ERA, 92 K (pitching)
McIntyre was a 1,000-yard rusher for the Stallions football team, but he'll be heading to BYU because of his prowess on the baseball field, which his healthy batting average is part testament. He also was among the state leaders as a left-handed pitcherin both ERA and strikeouts. "He's pretty special. It's going to take awhile to replace a guy like that," Stansbury coach Ray Clinton said. McIntyre will become Stansbury High's first Division I player when he steps on the diamond for the Cougars. "He's a five-tool athlete when it comes to baseball," Clinton said. "He's a dominant player."