After he was hit in the face with a pitch during a game against North Sevier in April 2011, some thought Gunnison's Rylan Anderson might never play again. Besides the damage to his face, doctors worried his brain was at risk.
His absence from the diamond lasted about a month, and the then-junior wore a protective face mask when he returned. But the memory of that high fastball was hard to overcome, and Anderson and his mates lost earlier than expected prompting the pitcher-catcher to vow he'd make it all the way back.
He did. And it was more than just a recovery. In his senior season, Anderson was better than ever. And for his efforts, he has been named The Salt Lake Tribune's 2A baseball MVP.