For making more than single-dimension contributions to their teams, a foursome of prep baseball standouts - Alta's Doug Webb, Springville's Ryan Hall, Murray's Dave Madsen, and San Juan's Brent Bowers - have been selected as most-valuable players for the 1990 Deseret News Coaches All-State Baseball Team.
While Alta was en route to its 4A state championship, Webb could be found just about anywhere on the field - one of those constant-type players no matter what the lineup.Need a pitcher? Try a 7-1 win-loss record from the junior, with two saves, 89 strikeouts and a 1.48 earned-run average. Need a body in the field? Put Webb at third or in the outfield - either is fine.
Or need a bat at the plate? Expect a .595 batting average of Webb, typical of the Hawks' spray-'em-all-over hitting attack. An added bonus is his long-ball range, as evidenced by his 3-for-4 day - including a triple and home run - in the quarterfinals against Provo and another homer hit in the title-game triumph over Taylorsville.
As Springville breezed to its state crown in the 3A tournament, Hall's versatility was visible - and evidently gained appreciation. Playing three positions during the playoffs, the third baseman-pitcher-catcher received all-state votes from 3A coaches at all three spots.
Hall's win-loss record of 6-3, with a 1.30 ERA and 55 strikeouts, more than complemented teammate Pat Bird (10-0, 1.86 ERA, 85 Ks) and provided the Red Devils with a potent one-two punch from the mound.
When not pitching, Hall made other sizable contributions from the field and plate. As for the latter, he finished the title season with a .506 batting average, including 40 RBIs, 31 runs scored and seven home runs.
After helping Murray to the 1989 3A championship, Madsen followed a spectacular junior season with a second-verse-same-song season as a senior this year, although the Spartans did fall short of their second straight title.
The pitcher-infielder proved to be unbeatable on the mound, running up a perfect 7-0 record. Meanwhile, he flirted with a .700 batting average for much of the season, eventually settling for a .675 mark with 12 homers and 32 RBI.
A new UHSAA baseball rule this season limited a pitcher to just 14 innings of work per calendar week. Bowers needed just that in the semifinals and finals of the 2A playoffs to pitch the Broncos to the crown, with a seven-inning victory over Hurricane at the start of the week and another seven-inning win over Kanab three days later.
Bowers ended the year with an 11-1 record - including a double-digit win streak after an early season defeat. Bowers also finished with a .538 batting average.
The Deseret News All-State Team is selected by coaches' balloting, with each coach in each classification provided an opportunity to vote for an all-state team and a handful of honorable-mention players.
More than 200 4A, 3A and 2A baseball players received votes from the participating coaches in the 1990 balloting process.