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To be a Deseret News Most Valuable Player you have to be able to both pitch and hit. That seems to be the consensus of the high school managers who voted on who should be All-State for 1994.

In 5A and 3A a pitcher and hitter came in the form of one person in Taylorsville's Brett McDermaid and Emery's Dean Stilson. In 4A the award was split between teammates Brandon Huntsman and Damian Sapp of Pleasant Grove.Huntsman was the pitching portion of that equation. He rang up 115 strikeouts in 58 innings of pitching on the year while going 10-0 and posting a 1.52 ERA. Sapp, catcher for Huntsman, slugged 16 home runs in 28 games while maintaining a lofty .493 batting average.

The two have been linked throughout high school, and it appears that they won't soon be rid of each other. Both recently were drafted by AL East teams. Huntsman was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round, and Sapp went in the 10th to the Boston Red Sox. Both leave this weekend to play for rookie-league teams in Florida. The two will only be about an hour apart with Huntsman in Sarasota and Sapp in Fort Myers. To top it off, their teams will play against each other in only their second professional games.

Pleasant Grove manager Jon Hoover thinks the pair's stats are even more impressive considering the pressure they were under all year. "They both had scouts watching their every move," says Hoover. He also says, "Both are outstanding competitors. The better the competition, the better they played." Hoover points out that, in the state tournament, Sapp hit six home runs while Huntsman only allowed two hits in 14 innings of pitching. As 5A MVP, McDermaid led the Warriors to their third straight title by going 6-0 as a pitcher and hitting .417. According to manager Steve Cramblitt, McDermaid plans to enroll at Lassen College in California.

Although the powerful Warriors placed two other players on the All-State first team, two on the second team and three more in the honorable-mention category, Cramblitt feels that McDermaid stood out because, "He worked harder at the game this year than he ever has. He didn't just sit back and rely on his ability." For example, McDermaid spent all winter working on a weight program and his pitching mechanics. Because of this attitude, Cramblitt says, "He'll just get better every year."

3A MVP Stilson was the only one whose team didn't win a championship. He still easily outdistanced any rival in the voting. On the mound Stilson went 10-2 on the year with an ERA of 1.45. When he wasn't pitching, Stilson was playing shortstop and hitting at a .406 clip. Although he has had offers from local schools, Stilson has made no commitments as yet because he plans to leave on an LDS mission in October.

Noting that Stilson has started since he was a freshman, Emery manager Jimmy Jones says, "He's easily the best pitcher we've had in the nine years I've been here." Jones also notes that Stilson made academic all-state in football, basketball and baseball. He points out, "He's not only a good athlete, but a good kid, too."


Additional Information

1994 Deseret News All-State Baseball

5A team

MVP: Brett McDermaid, Taylorsville

First team

1B: Nate Forbush, Bingham

2B: Dan Roden, Alta

3B: Chris Lyman, Taylorsville

SS: Brody Bevan, Taylorsville

OF: Mike Burrows, American Fork

OF: Casey Child, Mountain View

OF: Craig Peterson, Viewmont

C: Shawn Peterson, Orem

DH: Troy Farnsworth, Granger

P: Jeff Garff, Viewmont

P: Curtis Wilson, Bingham

P: Brad Seare West, Jordan

P: Sky Grant, Skyline

Second team

1B: Shae Cook, Viewmont

2B: Zach Rappleye, Taylorsville

3B: John Conlee, Mountain View

SS: Bronson Bills, Skyline

OF: Shane Belliston, Orem

OF: Dave Alsop, Skyline

OF: Matt Evers, Skyline

C: Justin Oliver, Granger

DH: Jared Larsen, Taylorsville

P: Brandon Duckworth, Kearns

P: Zack Sorensen, Highland

P: Jamie Jeffords, Mountain View

Honorable mention

Jeremy Hymas, West Jordan; Adam Brown, Orem; Rustin Rains, Alta; Tyler Perry, Alta; Matt Jacobs, Bountiful; Aaron Garn, Bingham; Mike Davis, Taylorsville; Chad Miller, Taylorsville; Steve Rice, Viewmont; Chris Lear, Bingham; Scott Sumner, Mountain View; Troy Beckman, Viewmont; Gary Thornton, Mountain View; John Uriarte, Hillcrest; Lance Erickson, Orem; Brandon Ballard, Taylorsville.

4A team

MVPs: Brandon Huntsman and

Damian Sapp, Pleasant Grove

First team

1B: Brad Winget, Murray

2B: Nate Blotter, Mountain Crest

3B: Troy Thomas, West

SS: Mike Gonzales, Cyprus

OF: Brian McBeth, Tooele

OF: Jess Siebenberg, Murray

OF: Jason Barney, Spanish Fork

C: Rod Madsen, West

DH: Jeff Holtry, West

P: Scott Pratt, Tooele

P: Ben Staley, Cyprus

P: Sam Vest, Spanish Fork

Second team

1B: Jamon Taylor, Payson

2B: Spike Nash, Cyprus

3B: Riley Nelson, Bear River

SS: Ben Marziale, Spanish Fork

OF: Sean Conroy, Spanish Fork

OF: Jason Walker, Springville

OF: Dave Webb, Mountain Crest

C: Beau Papa Dakis, Woods Cross

DH: Bryce Shields, Tooele

P: Paul Clark, Logan

P: Doug Clark, Murray

P: John Eyre, Cyprus

Honorable mention

Robb Rice, Olympus; Cody Malmrose, Woods Cross; Mark Thornley, Logan; Ryan Partridge, Payson; Clint Davis, Bear River; Cameron Udy, Box Elder; Brandon McCloy, Jordan.

3A team

MVP: Dean Stilson, Emery

First team

1B: Chris McQuivey, Emery

2B: Kyle West, Pine View

3B: Neal Marchant, Cedar City

SS: Troy Tuttle, Dixie

OF: Nate Andrus, Dixie

OF: Jason Barney, Emery

OF: Rusty Keel, Union

C: Ryan Bowers, Pine View

DH: Zac Davis, Emery

P: Aaron McArthur, Dixie

P: Travis Cloward, Carbon

P: Jared Bradshaw, Cedar City

Second team

1B: Bo Iverson, Pine View

2B: Jaymie Lott, Carbon

3B: Shane Mortenson, Pine View

SS: Jason Dunn, Carbon

OF: Neal Rogers, Dixie

OF: Jon Holman, Park City

OF: Dillion Thomas, Lehi

C: Danny Stucki, Emery

DH: Sean Sparks, Pine View

P: Aaron Graham, Park City

P: Matt Felix, Lehi

Honorable mention

John Reva, Carbon; Scott Cuff, Richfield; Brady Tom, Cedar City; Matt McDonald, Dixie.