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(Composite photo | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Tribune's 2012 baseball MVPs, from left: Gunnison’s Rylan Anderson (2A); Skyline's Bridger Berrett (4A); American Fork's Riley Ottesen (5A); and Snow Canyon's Austin Ovard (3A)
Utah All-State baseball: Finding their moments

When everything was at stake, these MVPs shined their brightest.

First Published Jun 20 2012 12:07 pm • Last Updated Jun 21 2012 11:02 am

Teams thrive on the players who see towering expectations and high stakes, and then ask for the ball.

They have earned the right to be called great, not necessarily just because they faced big moments, but because they were ready for their opportunity. Each of these MVPs — Riley Ottesen, Bridger Berrett, Austin Ovard and Rylan Anderson — threw the last pitch for their teams to wrap up a championship. Many more of The Tribune’s all-state honorees had big hits and tough plays that kept their teams going in those most desperate times.

At a glance

Season highlights

It was no year for repeats: Each classification had a new champion: American Fork, Snow Canyon and Gunnison each hadn’t won in several years, and Skyline had never won.

The “if necessary” games were in vogue: The Cavemen, Eagles and Warriors not only needed second games, but had to stage comebacks in those games to win it all.

College commitments

Kayden Porter, Spanish Fork » North Carolina

Brady Lail, Bingham » Arizona

Connor Williams, Bingham » Utah

Dallas Carroll, Taylorsville » Utah

Dalton Carroll, Taylorsville » Utah

Cam Zollinger, Bountiful » Utah

Blake Brailsford, American Fork » BYU

Hayden Nielsen, Spanish Fork » BYU

Danny Beddes, American Fork » Utah Valley

Beau Kallas, Alta » Utah Valley

Mark Krueger, Jordan » Utah Valley

Brennon Anderson, Jordan » SLCC

Austin Ovard, Snow Canyon » SLCC

Alex Fife, Jordan » Western Nevada

Kolton Brost, Payson » Southern Idaho

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When the moment arrived, they knew what to do.


First team

Catcher » Zac Willis, Jr., American Fork

Catcher » Colton Shaver, Soph., Jordan

First base » Mark Krueger, Sr., Jordan

Second base » Jayden Bearnson, Jr., Syracuse

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Third base » Beau Kallas, Sr., Alta

Shortstop » Brennon Anderson, Sr., Jordan

Shortstop » Dallas Carroll, Sr., Taylorsville

Outfield » Connor Williams, Sr., Bingham

Outfield » Alex Fife, Sr., Jordan

Outfield » Hayden Udy, Sr., Syracuse

Pitcher » Brady Lail, Sr., Bingham

Pitcher » Tanner Draper, Jr., Riverton

Pitcher » Dalton Carroll, Sr., Taylorsville

Pitcher » Blake Brailsford, Sr., American Fork

Second team

Catcher » Bronson Larsen, Jr., Davis

First base » Danny Beddes, Sr., American Fork

Second base » Khale Tilby, Sr., Alta

Third base » Tanner Olsen, Sr., Davis

Shortstop » Mark Cavaness, Sr., Alta

Shortstop » Zac Fuller, Jr., Davis

Outfield » Zach Watts, Sr., Copper Hills

Outfield » Brennon Lund, Jr., Bingham

Outfield » Mo Flinders, Sr., American Fork

Outfield » Larenz Stansfield, Jr., Taylorsville

Pitcher » Matt Rigby, Sr., Brighton

Pitcher » Jason Jourdan, Jr., Syracuse

Pitcher » Morgan Gomez, Soph., Jordan

Pitcher » Isaac Evans, Soph., Viewmont


First team

Catcher » Tyler Hamilton, Sr., Timpanogos

First base » Parker Overly, Soph., Orem

Second base » Steve Bate, Sr., Springville

Third base » Tyler Hardie, Jr., Woods Cross

Shortstop » Trace Hansen, Sr., Mountain Crest

Shortstop » Cam Zollinger, Sr., Bountiful

Shortstop » Taylor Snyder, Jr., Salem Hills

Outfield » Jason Oliverson, Sr., Sky View

Outfield » Luke Myers, Sr., Skyline

Outfield » Nick Mafi, Soph., Maple Mountain

Pitcher » Colton Hill, Jr., Salem Hills

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