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High school softball: 4A team-by-team region capsules

Here’s a team-by-team look at the upcoming Class 4A softball season.

The Tooele Buffaloes celebrate defeating the Spanish Fork Dons 3-1 to win the 4A state championship at the Spanish Fork Sports Park in Spanish Fork on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The Tooele Buffaloes celebrate defeating the Spanish Fork Dons 3-1 to win the 4A state championship at the Spanish Fork Sports Park in Spanish Fork on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Silas Walker, Deseret News

The 2020 high school softball season gets underway this week for teams in Class 4A. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 4A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are five new softball coaches in 4A this year: Kourtnie Judd (Crimson Cliffs), Heidi Taylor (Desert Hills), Whitney Gust (Dixie), Jena Peterson (Cedar Valley) and Lexi Hatch (Logan).

Here are the 4A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 9

1. Cedar City Reds

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Chris Weaver (4th year)

2019 cecord: 22-4 (first in Region 9 with a 12-0 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Tooele in 4A quarterfinals: Eliminated by Ridgeline in 4A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


2. Snow Canyon Warriors

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Tracee Heaton (6th year)

2019 record: 17-9 (tied for second in Region 9 with an 8-4 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Bear River in 4A quarterfinals: Eliminated by Spanish Fork in 4A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


3. Desert Hills Thunder

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Heidi Taylor (1st year)

2019 record: 16-10 (tied for second in Region 9 with an 8-4 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Tooele in 4A first round: Eliminated by Ridgeline in 4A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Chelsea Pierce, OF/P, Sr.
  • Codilynn Olds, IF/P, Sr.
  • Abby Black, UTIL, Sr.
  • Faith Baumgartner, IF, Jr.
  • Cassidy Dykstra, UTIL, Jr.

Coach comment: “We are excited to start a new season with a new group of girls and a new coaching staff. We will look to our seniors for leadership and positive attitudes along with a strong work ethic and a desire to be their best! The underclassmen have big shoes to fill as we lost many great players to graduation and the split with Crimson Cliffs this last year. We are excited to see who steps up to fill some big shoes! Should be a way fun season.”


4. Canyon View Falcons

2020 Schedule

Head coach: JR Robinson (2nd year)

2019 record: 17-7 (tied for second in Region 9 with an 8-4 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Bear River in 4A second round: Eliminated by Ridgeline in 4A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


5. Crimson Cliffs Mustangs

2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Kourtnie Judd (1st year)

2019 record: New school

2019 postseason:

Returning contributors:

  • Lily White, (coming from Desert Hills)
  • Allie Laub, (coming from Enterprise)
  • Oakley Giacoletto, (coming from Desert Hills, injured last season)

Coach comment: “We are thrilled for our first season as Crimson Cliffs High School! We have high expectations with our three seniors leading the way. We are young, but highly talented. We look forward to being competitive this season.”


6. Dixie Flyers

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Whitney Gust (1st year)

2019 record: 8-14 (seventh in Region 9 with a 1-11 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


7. Hurricane Tigers

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Chris Hurst (2nd year)

2019 record: 10-10 (fifth in Region 9 with a 3-9 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Mady Buckley, OF, Sr.
  • Chloe FitzGerald, SS, Sr.
  • Ginger Farnsworth, C, Sr.
  • Anika Rowland, OF, Sr.
  • Kaelyn Sullivan, 1B, Sr.
  • Chantell Pearson, P, Jr.
  • Haven Smith, OF, Jr.
  • Morgan Stout, 2B, Soph.

Coach comment: “We have a lot of girls with varsity experience returning, all our girls have shown great dedication and commitment, so we are excited to see how we do this year. I am confident that our girls can get it done and we’ll have a fun and successful season.”


8. Pine View Panthers

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Sheila Hamlin (2nd year)

2019 record: 4-12 (sixth in Region 9 with a 2-10 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


Region 10

1. Tooele Buffaloes

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Marissa Lowry (4th year)

2019 record: 26-3 (first in Region 11 with a 12-0 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Spanish Fork in 4A championship: Beat Spanish Fork in 4A championship

Returning contributors:

  • Attlyn Johnston, P, Jr.
  • Bryerly Avina, UTIL, Sr.
  • Kate Hogan, UTIL, Jr.
  • Kennedie Anderson, 1B, Jr.
  • Paige Rydalch, 3B, Jr.

2. Uintah Utes

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Maddy Keel (4th year)

2019 record: 21-5 (first in Region 10 with an 11-1 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Logan in 4A first round: Eliminated by Mountain Crest in 4A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • McKinnely Mull
  • Malorie Luck
  • Quaylee Smuin

3. Stansbury Stallions

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Bridget Clinton (11th year)

2019 record: 14-11 (third in Region 11 with an 8-4 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Canyon View in 4A first round: Eliminated by Payson in 4A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Maame Johnson, CF, Jr.
  • Payten Staley, 3B, Jr.
  • Lacey Davies, SS, Soph.

Coach comment: “We have an extremely young team this year led by three returning starters. We look to be competitive despite the youth of our team.”


4. Ogden Tigers

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Raychel Gustin (3rd year)

2019 record: 4-14 (sixth in Region 11 with a 3-9 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


5. Cedar Valley Aviators

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jena Peterson (1st year)

2019 record: New school

Additional info not provided


6. Juan Diego Soaring Eagles

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Paige Castro (3rd year)

2019 record: 5-9 (fifth in Region 11 with a 4-8 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


7. Ben Lomond Scots

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Karen Driscoll (21st year)

2019 record: 2-18 (seventh in Region 11 with a 0-12 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


Region 11

1. Ridgeline Riverhawks

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Michael Anderson (4th year)

2019 record: 21-13 (third in Region 12 with a 5-5 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Spanish Fork in 4A first round: Eliminated by Spanish Fork in 4A one-loss bracket

  • Returning contributors:
  • Laci Leishman, 3B, Sr.
  • Tia Washington, P, Sr.
  • Kenzee Hale, SS, Soph.
  • Ellie Mons, 1B, Sr.

Coach comment: “We are looking forward to a good season. We will have four solid seniors returning that should provide the base of our team. They have strong leadership skills and have experience from last year’s state tournament. Hopefully we can add some depth from our junior and sophomore classes. There will be some expectations placed on the younger kids to help our team.”


2. Bear River Bears

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Calvin Bingham (21st year)

2019 record: 21-12 (first in Region 12 with a 10-0 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Tooele in 4A semifinals: Eliminated by Spanish Fork in 4A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Oaklie Trapp, 1B, Sr.
  • Bailey Theurer, P/OF, Sr.
  • Kati Gibbs, 2B/OF, Sr.
  • Oaklee Maxfield, C/DP, Jr.

Coach comment: “We have a strong core of seniors. They have all committed to play at the next level. In addition, we have a strong group of juniors and sophomores and at this point we have several options for varsity players. Our pitching should be one of our strengths. We have some sophomores and freshmen who look really good.”


3. Mountain Crest Mustangs

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Courtnee Maughan

2019 record: 17-9 (second in Region 12 with an 8-2 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Cedar City in 4A second round: Eliminated by Spanish Fork in 4A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


4. Sky View Bobcats

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Amanda Robinson (3rd year)

2019 record: 4-14 (tied for fifth in Region 12 with a 1-9 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Abbey Cantwell, C/OF, Jr.
  • Darcee Lundberg, 2B/OF, Sr.

Coach comment: “We have some young talent coming into our program this season. Our returning athletes have been working hard in the offseason. As a coaching staff we are very excited for the upcoming season.”


5. Logan Grizzlies

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Lexi Hatch (1st year)

2019 record: 17-11 (tied for third in Region 12 with a 5-5 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Snow Canyon in 4A second round: Eliminated by Ridgeline in 4A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Rachel Boyer, CF, Sr.
  • Savannah Buttars, RF, Sr.
  • Alyssa De La Puente, 2B, Sr.
  • Emily Thurston, C, Sr.
  • Makenzie Graves, P, Jr.

Coach comment: “Logan is beyond ready and excited for the upcoming season. We have great talent, positive attitudes and we are ready to have some fun.”


6. Green Canyon Wolves

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Joe Astle (2nd year)

2019 record: 3-20 (tied for fifth in Region 12 with a 1-9 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Morgan Gittins, C, Jr.
  • Jerica Blotter, OF, Sr.
  • Annika Eborn, IF/P, Soph.
  • Cassidy Tingy, P, Jr.

Coach comment: “I am really excited for the upcoming season! We have a lot of talent on our team this year with five returning seniors and a lot of experienced underclassmen. I feel last year’s record did not reflect the talent we had on the team and hope that this year’s team can prove that.”