COACH: Kim Nelson, 26th year, 12th at Timpanogos
LAST YEAR: 19-7, tied for first in Region 4
OUTLOOK: The T-Wolves again have a solid batting order and probably a little better pitching than they had last season. They've got two very solid starters and a good closer. To live up to expectations, however, they'll need to become reliable in fielding the baseball. "If we can make the routine plays then I think the rest will fall into place for us," coach Kim Nelson said.
TOP HITTERS: Brett Lopez, Sr.; Taylor Lyons, Jr.; Christian Stewart, Sr.; Jordan Cooper, Sr.; Mitch Foster, Sr.; Jordan Mehlhoff, Jr.
TOP DEFENDERS: Lyons, OF; Cooper, INF; Foster, C; Stewart, OF
TOP PITCHERS: Rhett Nelson, Jr., RH; Gentry Croft, Sr., RH; Tanner Wolfe, Jr., LH; Devin Olson, Jr., RH; Lyons
PREDICTED 2008 REGION FINISH: First
SPANISH FORK DONS
COACH: Jim "Shoe" Nelson, 23rd year
LAST YEAR: 18-8, tied for first in Region 4
OUTLOOK: The Dons have the deepest pitching staff in the state. They're No. 5 in the rotation would likely be No. 1 or 2 on any other team. However, they've been a bit spotty on defense and a little inconsistent in run production - which makes them vulnerable in low-scoring games. "We're starting to get a little more consistent at the plate and we're hoping to carry that consistency into region play," coach Shoe Nelson said.
TOP HITTERS: Tyler Hanks, Sr.; Brock Duke, Jr.; Gentry Mitchell, Sr.; Kirt Daley, Sr.; Damon Ward, Sr., Taggart Lunceford, Jr.
TOP DEFENDERS: B. Duke, INF; Hanks, INF; Mitchell, OF; Lunceford, C; Michael Hayes, OF
TOP PITCHERS: Hanks, RH; B. Duke, RH; Devon Nelson, Sr., RH: Selby Brummett, Sr.; RH; Adam Duke, So., RH
PREDICTED 2008 REGION FINISH: Second
AMERICAN FORK CAVEMEN
COACH: Jarod Ingersoll, sixth year
LAST YEAR: 14-8, tied for first in Region 4
OUTLOOK: The Cavemen have a host of contact hitters and the shouldn't have any problem scoring runs, even off of the league's best pitchers. They're also a top defensive team, especially up the middle. They're also very experienced. But their question mark is pitching depth. "If our kids can come out every game with some excitement and some energy, I think we'll compete in every game," coach Jarod Ingersoll said.
TOP HITTERS: Jake Murphy, Sr.; Bo Fisher, Sr.; Josh Mooney, Jr.; Andy Lewis, Sr.; Scott LeFrandt, Sr.
TOP DEFENDERS: Lewis, INF; Murphy, INF; Tanner Christensen Sr., OF; Stu Duersch, Jr., INF
TOP PITCHERS: Mooney, RH; Randy Searle, Sr., LH; Jarett Pulsipher, Sr., LH; James Davis, Jr., RH
PREDICTED 2008 REGION FINISH: Third
PLEASANT GROVE VIKINGS
COACH: Ryan Hall, fifth year
LAST YEAR: 14-8, sixth in Region 4
OUTLOOK: The Vikings had a disappointing year last season, but so far they've been the surprise team of 2008. They're getting it done with a lineup deep with hitters, a roster filled with reliable defensive players and several capable pitchers. One thing that seems to be working in the Vikings' favor this season is that they are approaching every game with a lot of focus and enthusiasm, and plenty of confidence.
TOP HITTERS: Riley White, Sr.; Quade Frampton, Sr.; Chandler Maxfield, Sr.; Sean Stevenson, Jr.; Adam Nielson, Sr.; Brian Schonbeck, Sr.
TOP DEFENDERS: Reagan Walker, Sr., INF; Aaron Neuenswander, Jr., INF; Colby Croft, So, INF; Stevenson, C
TOP PITCHERS: White, RH; Neuenswander, RH; Nielson, RH; Calder Bonnett, So., RH; Nate Hardman, Jr., RH
PREDICTED 2008 REGION FINISH: Fourth
LONE PEAK KNIGHTS
COACH: Mike LaHargoue, first year
LAST YEAR: 15-11, fourth in Region 4
OUTLOOK: This is somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Knights with a new coach and mostly juniors and sophomores on the field. Still, they should be competitive by playing steady defense and by having one of the league's top starters. If they mature and get confident early, the Knights could be a dangerous team. "We'll really only go as far as our young guys let us go," coach Mike LaHargoue said.
TOP HITTERS: Kade Andrus, Jr.; Dillon Robinson, So.; Jacob Hanneman, So.; Matt Williams, Jr.
TOP DEFENDERS: Brennan Holmstead, Sr., INF; Brayden Matheson, So., C; Andrus, OF
TOP PITCHERS: Daniel Sechrest, Sr., RH; Jared Christensen, Sr., LH; Brian Nielson, Jr., RH
PREDICTED 2008 REGION FINISH: Fifth
COACH: Patrick Gleaves, third year
LAST YEAR: 15-10, second in Region 7
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers not only moved up a classification this year, but jumped into the toughest league in the state. This very good team will have to battle just to have a shot at a playoff spot. They've been hitting the ball well and playing outstanding defense. The key will be their confidence and whether they have enough pitching depth. "If we can compete on the mound, I think we're going to surprise some people and get some wins," coach Patrick Gleaves said.
TOP HITTERS: Josh Swenson, Sr.; Derek Hermansen, Sr.; CynJon Longman, Jr.; Brandon Healey, Sr.; Tanner Martin, Jr.
TOP DEFENDERS: Swenson, INF; Longman, INF; Healey, C; Zac Peterson, Sr., OF
TOP PITCHERS: Swenson, RH; Peterson, LH; Hermansen, RH; Trevor Anderson, Sr., LH
PREDICTED 2008 REGION FINISH: Sixth