Talent is rarely enough in team sports.

In order to achieve success, including region and state championships, teams need determined, compassionate and hard-working leaders. This year’s Deseret News most valuable softball players led their teams to successful seasons by leading in word and deed.

Though they were among the most talented players on their respective teams, they proved to also be among the most committed. They elevated those around them — on and off the field — and they showed their teammates the kind of trust that inspires confidence in even the youngest and most inexperienced players.

Click here to view the individual stories of each 2013 Deseret News softball MVP.