Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Wayne High School's Lance Peterson led the Badgers to the 1A baseball championship.

Unlike many of his teammates, Wayne junior Lance Peterson wasn't able to devote all of his time to baseball over the summer.

Instead, Peterson and brother Tyce traveled around the state with legendary Valley High basketball coach Ferril Heaton and helped put on basketball camps during the summer months.

Combine that with the fact that Peterson also needed to devote time to his track exploits, and you could forgive him for not giving baseball the time it needed.

But that's not what he did.

Instead, on top of everything else he needed to do, Peterson devoted all the time necessary to make sure he had an outstanding baseball season.

And once it arrived, he was stellar.

From Day 1 of the season to Wayne's state-championship win over West Ridge, Peterson was consistently solid. On a team of stars, the junior threw the most innings of anyone en route to a 10-0 pitching record while being a reliable leadoff batter.

As a result of his contributions, Peterson has been named the 2007 Deseret Morning News 1A baseball MVP.

Whenever coach Scott Ellett ventured out to see who was working in Wayne's bullpen during the summer months, he almost always saw Peterson and teammate Porter Ellett.

"He made sure he put in his time pitching in the spring and in the summer — hitting different pitches and spots," coach Ellett said of Peterson. "Even though he had so many things to do, he made time for baseball."

To say that an MVP is a reflection of the players surrounding the recipient might be the most overused cliche in the realm of sports accolades. In this instance, however, it's dead on.

A whopping six of Peterson's teammates — brother Tyce, Porter Ellett, Jordan Ellett, Carson Bray, Brian Chappell and Trevor Taylor — were comfortably voted onto the 1A baseball All-State first team, and many of them would've been deserving MVP winners.

"I think you could justify a lot of (those) boys," said coach Ellett.

With those players helping to forge an outstanding defense behind him, all Peterson had to do on the mound was throw strikes.

There were stronger arms on his team and in Class 1A, but perhaps nobody had control like Peterson had in 2007. Peterson struck out 49 batters in 42 innings of work and finished with a highly impressive 6.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

"It's nice to start out a game where you know you have a pitcher like Lance that's going to make other teams hit the ball," said Ellett. "... His attitude as a pitcher is, 'I'll just go out and throw strikes."'


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