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High school baseball: 3A team-by-team region capsules (26 items)

By , Deseret News

March 11, 2014

With the 2014 high school baseball season getting underway last week in what should be another fantastic season, the Deseret News has compiled capsules for every 3A team in the state with information on what to expect this season.

The region rankings are based on coaches' preseason projections. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information on their team.

There are four new head baseball coaches in 3A this year: Mike Gargano (Pine View), Bret Bennett (Carbon), Steve Pearson (Hurricane) and Tony Jarrett (Morgan).

Here's a region-by-region look at all 29 teams in 4A.

1 of 26. Region 9

-Snow Canyon

-Desert Hills

-Pine View

-Cedar

-Canyon View

-Dixie

-Hurricane

2 of 26. 1. Snow Canyon High School

Head coach: Reed Secrist

2013 Record: 20-9 (2nd in Region 9 with 8-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Beat Desert Hills 7-1 in 3A championship

Returning Contributors

Brady Sargent, junior catcher

Tyler Wardell, senior, OF/P

Clint Gates, senior, OF/P

Jake Frei, junior, 2B/P

Isaac Rhea, junior SS/P (transfer from Logan)

Coach's Comment: “Infield will be young but good. Outfield is solid with two key players returning from the 2013 state champion team. Pitching will be the point of emphasis this year with losing Gates, Secrist and Day. We really didn't pitch any underclassmen. If we can throw strikes our defense should be solid. Offense will be good again with players that can hit up and down the lineup. ”

3 of 26. 2. Desert Hills High School

Head coach: Jerry Beck

2013 Record: 21-7 (1st in Region 9 with 12-0 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Snow Canyon 7-1 in 3A Championship

Returning Contributors

Dylan File

Blake Betts

Baden Powell

Braiden Irvin

Evan Moss

Coach's Comment: “Have solid returners back from a good team last year with some good kids to plug in the holes. Overall optimistic that we can be in the hunt again this year if we can get a few breaks along the way.”

4 of 26. 3. Pine View High School

Head coach: Mike Gargano (1st year)

2013 Record: 7-12 (6th in Region 9 with 3-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors

Dakota Donovan, sophomore

Dylan Draper, senior

Justice Santiago, senior

Hunter Hansen, junior

Coach's Comment: “We are still a young team, but will be very competitive this season. Time will tell our success. The team has grown immensely over the summer and fall seasons.”

5 of 26. 4. Cedar High School

Head coach: Eric Fieldsted

2013 Record: 11-11 (5th in Region 9 with 5-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors

Kayden Lunt, P/IF

Brecken Lewis, P/IF

Brock Esplin, P/1B

Rykker Tom, P/IF

Coach's Comment: “I like the pitching we bring to the table this year. I believe with the top end of our staff and improved bats, we should compete for a region and state title."