When their teams needed them the most, the 2018 Deseret News baseball MVPs delivered in the clutch, both on the mound and at the plate, in helping lead their teams to state championships.
This year’s five MVPs as picked by the Deseret News are Bingham’s Derek Soffe, Jordan’s Gage Edwards, Dixie’s Hobbs Nyberg, Grantsville’s Brady Arbon and North Sevier’s Rocky Bringhurst.
The first team, second team and honorable mention selections were voted on by the coaches.
Here’s a closer look at all five MVPs:
Derek Soffe, Bingham
James Wooldridge, Deseret News
Bingham’s Derek Soffe (5) pitches against Riverton in the second game of the 6A baseball state championship at UCCU Ballpark in Orem on Friday, May 25, 2018. Bingham won the game to take the championship.
When Bingham was shutout by Riverton during its first opportunity to win claim the inaugural 6A championship, there was absolutely no panic from the players. They knew ace Derek Soffe was taking the mound in Game 2, and that was a close to a guarantee as exists in high school baseball.
As the senior had done all year, Soffe was masterful on the mound plowing through Riverton’s line-up all seven innings earning the shutout victory and leading Bingham to its first title since 2013.
Soffe won three games in for Bingham, finishing the season with a 9-1 record and a 1.64 ERA. His ERA in the three playoff games was 0.97.
“He’s been important to us for two years, he’s been No. 1 on our staff and the kids play with just great confidence behind him,” said Bingham coach Joey Sato.
In the playoffs he pitched Bingham to a 15-1 win over Copper Hills and a 10-2 win over Davis before the championship game victory.
“We’re just a different team when he’s on the mound cause our kids are so confident in him. We haven’t seen a bad outing from him in the two years he’s on the varsity staff,” said Sato.
Soffe’s production at the plate matched what he did on the mound this year, which is pretty remarkable considering he didn’t hit at the varsity level last year. He only pitched.
As a senior he batted in nearly every game and he led Bingham with a .430 batting average to go along with his three doubles and 16 RBI.
In Bingham’s five playoff games he batted a remarkable .650, including a 2-for-5 performance in the same championship game he dominated on the …read more
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