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High school baseball: 2A team-by-team region capsules/predictions

Here’s a team-by-team look at the upcoming Class 2A baseball season

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Gunnison players and fans begin their celebration as the Bulldogs defeat Grand for the 2A state baseball championship at Kearns High’s Gates field on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The 2021 high school baseball season gets underway this week for teams in Class 2A. After last year’s canceled season, there’s more anticipation than ever to get the season going. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 2A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are two new baseball coaches in 2A this year: Milton Herring (Layton Christian) and Beau Morrill (North Summit).

Here are the 2A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


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2A North

1. Duchesne Eagles

2021 schedule

Head coach: Ryan Goodlisse (fourth year)

2019 record: 6-8 (first in 2A North with a 6-0 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Enterprise in 2A second round. Eliminated by Parowan in 2A one-loss bracket.

Additional info not provided


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2. North Summit Braves

2021 schedule

Head coach: Beau Morrill (first year)

2019 record: 5-8 (second in 2A North with a 4-2 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Parowan in 2A first round 

Additional info not provided


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3. Altamont Longhorns

2021 schedule

Head coach: Chaz Fisher (second year)

2019 record: 1-7 (tied for third in 2A North with a 1-5 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to North Sevier in 2A first round

Returning contributors:

  • Mason Rust, OF, Sr.
  • Caden Rassmussen, OF/P, Jr.
  • Mckendrick Harrison, C/3B, Jr.
  • Braxton Lawton, OF, Sr.
  • Hunter Rust, IF, Sr.

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4. Layton Christian Eagles

2021 schedule

Head coach: Milton Herring (first year)

2019 record: 1-7 (tied for third in 2A North with a 1-5 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Beaver in 2A first round 

Returning contributors:

  • Milton Herring, P/C/UTIL, Jr.

Coach’s comment:

“Excited about the upcoming year and ready to go as we were only able to get one game in last year due to COVID. It was hard to say what kind of team we were going to have last year other than we were very young and mostly inexperienced. We will be young again coming into this season; however, I am highly optimistic about the team we are putting together. With only a few returning players from last year, the other coaches and I really had no idea what we might be walking into, but pleasantly we have the makings of what should be a very competitive team. I am not going to go out and say we are ready to go win our region, but I will say that we will be making things tough on our competition which could mean the region is up for grabs.” — Coach Jarrod Hoagland

“I’m super confident we will be a competitive team this season, the team is really coming together and excited for this season after a year plus of not playing for many of them due to COVID. I believe there is a ton of excitement around the state for baseball this season and we are grateful to join the competition. With a few retuning players it will be up to them to bring the newer and younger ones along and quickly learn our culture and the faster paced game. Look for the eagles to make waves this season.” — Herring

“I believe we have a good core group of kids that are willing to put in the work. We are very optimistic this year and believe we will be very competitive in our region. It is our hope that this group builds on the school’s culture both on and off the field. Lastly, we want them to embrace the team spirit and just have fun.” — Coach Dave Gulley


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2A Central

1. Gunnison Valley Bulldogs

2021 schedule

Head coach: Max Sanders (second year)

2019 record: 20-8 (first in 2A Central with a 9-0 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Enterprise in 2A quarterfinals. Eliminated by Kanab in 2A one-loss bracket.

Returning Ccntributors:

  • Janzen Kreisler, Sr.
  • Creed Mogle, Sr.

Coach’s comment: “We have a strong group of returning seniors with solid pitching and offense. A lot of our production should come from our sophomore and junior classes. It should be a good year to see these kids return to the field.”


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 2. North Sevier Wolves

2021 schedule

Head coach: Josh Robinson (fifth year)

2019 record: 13-12 (second in 2A Central with a 6-3 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Kanab in 2A second round. Eliminated by Beaver in 2A one-loss bracket.

Returning contributors:

  • Marshall Okerlund, P/IF, Sr.
  • Brody Butler, P/IF, Sr.

Coach’s comment: “North Sevier is excited to get back to the baseball diamond this season. After losing last season, we are thankful to be back this year and have the opportunity to play a game we love. We return a young team led by our two seniors, Brody Butler and Marshall Okerlund. Both guys are four-year starters that will be looked to for leadership and guidance this season. We expect some bumps early this season, but I’m excited to see where this young team could be at playoff time.”


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3. Millard Eagles

2021 schedule

Head coach: Jeremy Teeples (22nd year)

2019 record: 10-10 (third in 2A Central with a 3-6 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Enterprise in 2A first round 

Returning contributors:

  • Jed Degraffenried, P, Sr.
  • Tilden Kesler, OF, Sr.
  • Bryson Teeples, 2B, Sr.
  • John Gates, 1B, Sr.
  • Danny Garcia, C, Sr.
  • Payton Rasmussen, P, Jr.

Coach’s comment: “I’m honestly not sure what to expect this season as all of us are in uncharted territory. This pandemic has changed everything, and this season will be interesting after losing last season. This will be my last season as head coach and as a result have lots of emotions heading into this year. Our team will be very inexperienced, but we will battle wherever we go. The best thing would be that we all get to play the game we love this year.”


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4. Monticello Buckaroos

2021 schedule

Head coach: Steve Draper

2019 record: 0-12 (fourth in 2A Central with a 0-9 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Kanab in 2A first round 

Additional info not provided


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2A South

1. Beaver Beavers

2021 schedule

Head coach: Daniel Carter (third year)

2019 record: 12-8 (fourth in 2A South with a 3-5 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Milford in 2A second round. Eliminated by Gunnison valley in 2A one-loss bracket.

Returning contributors:

  • Jake Eichorn, P/IF, Sr.
  • Treyson Hunter, IF, Sr.
  • Crayton Hollingshead, P/IF, Sr.
  • Bryton Langston, C, Sr.
  • Caleb Robinson, P/OF Sr.

Coach’s comment: “We have a great bunch of seniors returning this year with a lot of varsity experience and some juniors that will be significant contributors also. Our pitching will be very solid and deep, plus our infield/outfield should be excellent as well. We will have a consistent batting lineup from 1-9. We are very excited to get back on the field and get to play some baseball.”


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2. Enterprise Wolves

2021 schedule

Head coach: Kyle Bundy (14th year)

2019 record: 16-10 (third in 2A South with a 4-4 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Milford in 2A championship. Eliminated by Milford in 2A championship.

Returning contributors:

  • Mathew Bowler, UTIL/P, Sr.
  • Ryland Randall, IF/P, Jr.

Coach comment: “This will be an interesting year to say the least. There’s a lot of really talented and experienced pitchers this year in 2A. Hopefully our relatively young and inexperienced players will be able to step up and play up to the level that they are capable of.”


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3. Parowan Rams

2021 schedule

Head coach: Jed Townsend (third year)

2019 record: 10-12 (fifth in 2A South with a 2-6 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Gunnison Valley in 2A second round. Eliminated by Kanab in 2A one-loss bracket.

Additional info not provided


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4. Kanab Cowboys

2021 schedule

Head coach: Mason Fox (17th year)

2019 record: 13-11 (second in 2A South with a 5-3 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Milford in 2A quarterfinals. Eliminated by Milford in 2A one-loss bracket.

Returning contributors:

  • Derek Houston, Sr.
  • CJ Maddux, Sr.
  • Drew Hafen, Sr.
  • Cole Carkson, Sr.
  • Brad Haycock, Sr.

Coach’s comment: “Kanab brings back some solid varsity talent. The canceled season really set back our younger grades so it will be interesting to see how they respond.”


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5. Milford Tigers

2021 schedule

Head coach: Tyler McMullin (12th year)

2019 record: 20-6 (first in 2A South with a 6-2 record)

2019 postseason: Lost to Enterprise in 2A semifinals. Beat Enterprise in 2A championship 

Returning Contributors:

  • Bret Beebe, P/C, Sr.
  • Heston Sullivan, P/SS, Sr.
  • Calvin Holm, RF, Sr.
  • Kyden Peters, 3B/P, Sr.
  • Corbyn Dalton, IF/P, Jr.
  • Trey Rose, 2B/C/P, Soph.

Coach’s comment: “We are excited here at Milford High School to get this baseball season underway. We have a few kids coming back this year from our championship team in 2019. The kids have put in some good offseason work and our focus will be to get our pitching staff developed for the postseason. We’re also excited to be competing in the toughest region in 2A baseball to help us get ready for the state tournament.”