USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Utah Baseball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2014-15 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Casey Nelson, Spanish Fork
So much for needing a year to gain experience. The tradition-rich Dons didn’t return a regular starter to this year’s team after losing in the 4A title game a year ago, but they returned to championship form despite a 1-6 start. Nelson’s crew was 16-14 overall, avoiding a losing record the glorious way — by going 5-0 in the state tournament.
Player of the Year
Payton Henry, C, Pleasant Grove, 6-2/215, Jr.
He could ruin pitchers … or become one. Henry hit .527 with nine home runs, 46 RBI and 11 doubles. He also had six saves in 11 innings pitched, even producing 13 strikeouts on the way to the Vikings’ first state title in 17 years.
Dakota Donovan, P, Pine View (St. George), 6-7/220, Jr.
Tevita Gerber, P, Cottonwood (Salt Lake City), 6-3/195, Sr.
Sean Keating, P, Bingham (South Jordan), 6-3/165, Jr.
Parker DePasquale, INF, Bountiful, 5-11/180, Sr.
Ben Eldredge, INF, Pleasant Grove, 5-11/175, Sr.
Tanner Evans, INF, Timpanogos (Orem), 6-1/185, Sr.
Easton Walker, INF, Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove), 5-9/160, Sr.
Tanner Bowden, OF, Davis (Kaysville), 6-3/180, Sr.
Jaren Hall, OF, Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork), 6-0/180, Sr.
Brandon Wagstaff, OF, Woods Cross, 5-10/19, Jr.
Logan Carlson, P, Pleasant Grove, 6-2/180, Sr.
Tanner Nielsen, P, Spanish Fork, 5-10/150, Sr.
Paxton Schultz, P, Orem, 6-1/185, Jr.
Jake Mafi, C, Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork), 5-9/165, Sr.
Wyatt Barrus, INF, Grantsville, 6-0/175, Sr.
Brecken Lewis, INF, Cedar (Cedar City), 5-11/180, Sr.
James Nelson, INF, Manti, 5-11/150, Sr.
Tyler Zupon, INF, Bingham (South Jordan), 6-4/180, Sr.
Chandler Anderson, OF, Park City, 6-1/170, Sr.
Keaton Kringlen, OF, Canyon View (St. George), 6-0/205, Sr.
Cooper Smith, OF, Salem Hills (Salem), 6-4/190, Sr.