EASTON WALKER, Pleasant Grove, baseball: Last year’s Deseret News 5A MVP, this Viking senior is off to another great start in 2015.
The shortstop/pitcher led Pleasant Grove to four victories at the Red Rock Tournament in St. George over the weekend, including a 10-6 win over rival American Fork.
In those four games, he went a combined 7-13 with one home run, one triple, seven RBI and eight runs scored. On the mound on Friday, he pitched 41/3 innings against Spanish Fork, striking out 11 and only walking two in a 14-0 victory.
A year ago the BYU commit batted .424 with 42 hits, 15 RBI and 40 runs scored, while posting a 9-0 record on the mound for the 5A runner-ups.
Pleasant Grove coach Darrin Henry has nothing but praise for Walker’s approach to the game, and said he never gets rattled as a result.
AUTUMN DZIERZON, Grantsville, softball: If there is one thing Autumn Dzierzon knows how to do it’s work. And it’s made her a leader on and off the softball field.
“She knows how to lead just by her work ethic,” said Grantsville head coach Heidi Taylor. “Not only on the field, but in the classroom and as a person. She’s a 4.0 student and scored a 30 on the ACT. They don’t come much better than Autumn.”
On the softball field, the senior catcher’s willingness to do whatever the Cowboys need has helped the team to a 6-1 start. Not only is she leading the team in extra base hits, but she’s also leading in stolen bases and RBIs.
“She’s been our lead-off batter the last two years, but we just moved her down because of injuries, Taylor said. Whatever we ask, she does it.”