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Prep softball: All-Tribune team

First Published      Last Updated Jul 07 2015 11:14 pm

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

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AT A GLANCE

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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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