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High school softball: 5A team-by-team region capsules

Here’s a team-by-team look at the upcoming Class 5A softball season.

West High School beats Bountiful High School to win the 5A Softball Championship at the Valley Regional Softball Complex in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
West High beats Bountiful to win the 5A softball championship at the Valley Regional Softball Complex in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Silas Walker, Deseret News

The 2020 high school softball season gets underway this week for teams in Class 5A. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 5A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are seven new softball coaches in 5A this year: Shelby Healy (Bonneville), Brian Merill (Box Elder) Ulysses Tonga Onevai (Highland), Andre Ashton (Mountain Ridge), Brett Mustoe (Park City), Natalie Jarvis (Spanish Fork) and Morgan Summers (Wasatch).

Here are the 5A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 5

1. Bountiful Braves

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Butch Latey (16th year)

2019 record: 22-9 (first in Region 5 with a 13-2 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to West in 5A championship: Eliminated by West in 5A championship

Returning contributors:

  • Libbie Hawker, CF, Sr.
  • Dashani Purcell, SS, Sr.
  • Sophia Stoddard, C, Sr.
  • Corinne Hall, P, Sr.
  • Libi Arona, 2B, Jr.
  • Annie Salazar, P/RF, Jr.
  • Shambre Maestas, P/LF, Jr.

Coach comment: “Bountiful should be strong with seven seniors and five pitchers. It also has eight players hitting over 300.”


2. Farmington Phoenix

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jacey Fatongia (2nd year)

2019 record: 14-16 (tied for fourth in Region 5 with a 7-8 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Bountiful in 5A quarterfinals: Eliminated by West in 5A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Delayne Baker, P, Soph.
  • Paige Herbon, 2B, Soph.
  • Lauren Grey, UTIL, Jr.
  • Hadley Eichmeire, C/3B, Soph.

Coach comment: “We are looking forward to another great year with the Lady Phoenix! This year we are coming back extremely young and looking forward to seeing how our hard work pays off. Excited for another run at the state title.”


3. Woods Cross Wildcats

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Casey Plowman (3rd year)

2019 record: 10-16 (Tied for fourth in Region 5 with a 7-8 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


4. Box Elder Bees

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Brian Merrill (1st year)

2019 record: 11-18 (third in Region 5 with an 8-7 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to West in 5A second round: Eliminated by Skyridge in 5A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Reagan Marziale, SS, Sr.
  • Jostlen Leggett, OF, Sr.
  • Tegan Mecham, P, Soph.
  • Reese Bushnell, OF, Soph.
  • Mickelle Lish, 1B, Sr.

Coach comment: “We are a good team that will battle in each and every game. We have some young pitching that will keep us in games and are hoping that senior leadership will show up to carry our offense. This should be a competitive year in the 5A, and we are working to be one of the last eight standing with the new playoff format.”


5. Bonneville Lakers

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Shelby Healy (1st year)

2019 record: 13-12 (second in Region 11 with a 10-2 record)

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

Returning contributors:

  • Lexy Sulkey
  • Bree Pedersen
  • Macyn Hartman

Coach comment: “I’m really looking forward to this season. We are new to this classification and region, but we have a lot of good players, and are excited to jump in and compete. I can’t wait to see what these girls can do.”


6. Viewmont Vikings

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Stacie Toney (2nd year)

2019 record: 2-20 (sixth in Region 5 with a 0-15 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Taylor Sovic, P/UTL, Sr.
  • Savana Walker, OF, Jr.
  • Oakley Sovic, OF/UTL, So.
  • Sadie Dunn, C, Sr.

Coach comment: “We are excited for a new season to get back out on the field. We have a lot of returning players who can be big contributors. And we’ve also brought in some new players that will make an immediate impact. We look forward to a year of growth and new successes.”


Region 6

1. Murray Spartans

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Danie McKay (4th year)

2019 record: 10-16 (second in Region 6 with a 7-3 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Farmington in 5A second round: Eliminated by East in 5A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Sidney Holtz, SS, Sr.
  • Alyssa McDonald, CF, Jr.
  • Kaylee Lundeen, C/3B, Jr.
  • Kelle Baer, P, Sr.

Coach comment: “We are excited for this upcoming season. We return two all-state players and leaders, and have added a few new key components to our program. We hope to surprise some people this year, and if we all do our jobs, our ceiling is very high.”


2. East Leopards

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Tony St. Hilaire (3rd year)

2019 record: 15-8 (third in Region 6 with a 6-4 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Bountiful in 5A second round: Eliminated by West in 5A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Azia Lokeni, Sr.
  • Taylor Shelton, Sr.
  • Jullianna Saint Hilaire, Jr.
  • Maya Johnson, Soph.

Coach comment: “Some solid talent that needs to come together as a team to be our best. Have some very strong young players that will get a lot of time on the field this year to prove themselves as the future of East softball. We will need to have a couple of newcomers step up to a starting position to replicate last year’s run.”


3. Olympus Titans

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jackson White (3rd year)

2019 record: 12-13 (fourth in Region 6 with a 5-5 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Wasatch in 5A first round: Eliminated by Cottonwood in 5A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


4. Cottonwood Colts

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jen Riches (2nd year)

2019 record: 12-11 (third in Region 7 with a 6-4 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Roy in 5A first round: Eliminated by East in 5A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


5. Hillcrest Huskies

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Scott Carrell (8th year)

2019 record: 5-13 (fifth in Region 2 with a 0-8 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Ryan Koon, 3B, Sr.
  • Faith Thomas, SS, Jr.
  • Madison Sluga, 1B/P, Soph.

Coach comment: “We graduated a lot of seniors last year and looking to continue to build with the underclassman that have contributed to the program the past few years. We have multiple younger athletes entering the program this year that will help to continue to build our program.”


6. Brighton Bengals

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jeff Barfuss (3rd year)

2019 record: 2-18 (fifth in Region 7 with a 2-8 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


7. Skyline Eagles

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Russ Jessop (5th year)

2019 record: 4-17 (fifth in Region 6 with a 2-8 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

Annie Bowden, Sr.

Brookelyn Bowden, Soph.

Bailee Child, Soph.

Margaret Kaelin, Sr.

Coach comment: “Another young team with an exciting group of freshmen joining the mix. Hoping to improve on last season.”


8. Highland Rams

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Ulysses Tonga Onevai (1st year)

2019 record: 0-17 (sixth in Region 6 with a 0-10 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


Region 7

1. Lehi Pioneers

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Tim Kennedy (6th year)

2019 record: 17-15 (third in Region 10 with a 9-3 record)

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

Returning contributors:

  • Lexi Butterfield, P, Sr.
  • Avery Takahashi, SS, Jr.
  • Myia Ockey, 2B, Jr.
  • Jamisyn Heaton, IF, Soph.
  • Maci Wall, C, Soph.
  • Grace Humes P Soph.

Coach comment: “Very young with only four returning starters from last season.”


2. Alta Hawks

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Carley Campbell (2nd year)

2019 record: 16-12 (tied for first in Region 7 with a 9-1 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Box Elder in 5A first round: Eliminated by Maple Mountain in 5A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Makenzie Evans, P, Jr.
  • Kamryn Henriod, OF, Jr.
  • Megan Gillett, OF, Jr.
  • Arianna Christensen, IF, Jr.
  • Sadie Gardner, IF, So.

Coach comment: “I’m very excited about my returners and the success we can have as a team this season. My junior class is very strong, but I have several lower class girls who are essential to our team’s success. I believe we have a very strong offense so as long as we can fine-tune our defense and keep the strong programs to one or two runs, then we should be very successful.”


3. Orem Tigers

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Paul Barker (3rd year)

2019 record: 6-16 (sixth in Region 10 with a 3-9 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Elizabeth Avery, Sr.
  • Kacie Nau, Sr.
  • Kaylee Lyman, Jr.
  • Kambree Hemenway, Jr.
  • Paityn Braithwaite Jr.

Coach Comment: “With a good balance of varsity leadership with a strong underclassman Orem looks to challenge Lehi for the top spot in the region.”


4. Timpanogos Timberwolves

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jeremiah Adams (1st year)

2019 record: 9-12 (fifth in Region 8 with a 2-8 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Macy Walker, C, Sr.
  • Harlie Lyman, OF, Sr.
  • Taya Brost, SS, Soph.
  • Alana King, OF, Soph.

Coach comment: “We return a lot of young talent that learned a lot of lessons last year. We are looking forward to building on those lessons and being a much better team and hopefully in the mix in May.”


5. Mountain Ridge Sentinels

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Andre Ashton (1st year)

2019 Record: New school

Returning contributors:

  • Shalee Jensen, CF, Sr.
  • Syndey Shober, P, Sr.
  • Teagan Smith, SS, Soph.
  • Tessa Hokanson, 2B, Soph.

Coach comment: “We are excited to start this inaugural season here at Mountain Ridge High with this group of girls. We have a group that is very young, but they have experience playing at the varsity level. The thing that sticks out most to me about this team is their desire to get better inside and outside the classroom. We have a team GPA of 3.7 for this season. We are looking forward to finally getting out and playing as Mountain Ridge and trying to get better each day. Go Sentinels.”


6. Timpview Thunderbirds

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Rachel Weiss (4th year)

2019 record: 5-11 (fourth in Region 7 with a 4-6 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Bountiful in 5A first round: Eliminated by Springville in 5A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


7. Mountain View Bruins

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Elton Loy (2nd year)

2019 record: 2-15 (seventh in Region 10 with a 0-12 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided


Region 8

1. Spanish Fork Dons

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Natalie Jarvis (1st year)

2019 record: 28-8 (second in Region 10 with a 10-2 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Tooele in 4A second round: Eliminated by Tooele in 4A championship

Returning contributors:

  • Brooklyn Pintar, SS, Jr.
  • Trinity Benson, CF, Jr.
  • Mady Lackey, 3B/1B, Sr.
  • Ashlyn Losee, 3B/C, Soph.
  • Oakley Bates, C/UTIL, Soph.
  • Olivia Andrus, P, Soph.

Coach comment: “I am so excited for this upcoming season. We have a young team this year with only one senior which makes me excited for not only this year but the future of Spanish Fork High School fast pitch.”


2. Wasatch Wasps

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Morgan Summers (1st year)

2019 record: 23-6 (first in Region 8 with a 9-1 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Roy in 5A second round: Eliminated by Springville in 5A one-loss bracket

Additional info not provided


3. Springville Red Devils

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jill Thackeray (7th year)

2019 record: 19-13 (tied for second in Region 8 with a 7-3 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to East in 5A first round: Eliminated by Farmington in 5A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • McKenna Thomas, P, Jr.
  • Avery Nelson, SS, Jr.
  • Sage Bowers, OF, Sr.
  • Keelie Cheff, OF, Jr.
  • Lexi Brunger, 3B, Sr.
  • Lizzie Kurban, C, Sr.

Coach Comment: “We are very excited for the upcoming season. Our team has a core group of returners who have worked extremely hard in the offseason. The experience that they bring to the field will play a major role in our success this year. We also have a talented group of younger people joining the mix, and are looking forward to seeing how they will help contribute to our team.”


4. Maple Mountain Golden Eagles

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jackie Carnesecca (4th year)

2019 record: 9-20 (fourth in Region 8 with a 5-5 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to West in 5A first round: Eliminated by Murray in 5A one-loss bracket

  • Returning contributors:
  • McKenna Cherrington
  • Jaisha Ioane
  • Justyce Strasburg
  • Madilyn Henry
  • Aaliyah Peterson
  • Libbee Hanks

Coach comment: “We are excited for the upcoming season, we have great returning players this season as well as a group of young freshman that will be great contributors. This will add the depth we need to stay competitive throughout the year. As a staff we look forward to seeing what this season will bring.”


5. Payson Lions

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Brent Shurtliff (16th year)

2019 record: 9-18 (fourth in Region 10 with a 5-7 record)

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

Additional info not provided


6. Salem Hills Sky Hawks

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Kalab Stokes (4th year)

2019 record: 13-14 (fifth in Region 10 with a 4-8 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Returning contributors:

  • Miah Hartvigsen, SS, Sr.
  • Lexi Bishop, OF, Jr.
  • Brooklyn Wilson, P, Sr.
  • Alexis Sorensen, P, Sr.
  • Sage Parrish, OF, Soph.

Coach comment: “We will have several underclassmen starting for us this year. Offensively we should be strong. Our two senior pitchers will carry most of the pitching load and if they are able to go deep into games it should give us the chance to win.”


7. Park City Miners

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Brett Mustoe (1st year)

2019 record: 9-12 (fourth in Region 11 with a 5-7 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Cedar City in 4A first round: Eliminated by Lehi in 4A one-loss bracket

Returning contributors:

  • Taylor Lundbeck, C/SS, Jr.
  • Andrea Boyce, 1B/UTIL, Sr.
  • Landon Albright, OF, Sr.
  • Kyra Larson, P/UTIL, So.
  • Hannah Smoak, C/UTIL, So.

Coach comment: “Park City only returns one starter from last year’s team. This is a bit of a rebuilding year for us, but we do have some good returning junior and senior players, along with a good group of sophomore and freshman girls. With the move to 5A and a new region, we look forward to competing with schools at a higher level this year.”


8. Provo Bulldogs

2020 Schedule

Head coach: Emerson Tapahe (2nd year)

2019 record: 4-14 (sixth in Region 8 with a 0-10 record)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Additional info not provided