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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Copper Hills catcher Ashley Clayson celebrates a victory over Bingham during state tournament play.

Leaders are often defined not only by their own talent but by their ability to bring out the best in those around them.

The 2013 Deseret News softball MVPs weren’t just some of the state's most skilled athletes. They all led their teams to success by inspiring those around them to find the best in themselves.

Whether it was offering encouraging words, strategic tips, a calming influence or acting as an example of hard work and dedication, Copper Hills' Ashley Clayson, Salem Hills' Kirtlyn Bohling, Stansbury's Jocelyn Kaufman and Enterprise's Dakota Robinson did whatever was necessary for their teams to succeed.

As a result, the two catchers and two pitchers have been named this year's MVPs of their respective classifications.

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