For those 1A baseball teams who thought Panguitch was vulnerable last fall with the graduation of two-time MVP Dalan Bennett, his successor quickly put that notion to rest.
Senior southpaw Chance Campbell took over the ace role this season, and the Bobcats didn’t miss a beat, winning a third straight state title and extending their winning streak to a staggering 51 games.
Campbell ended the year with a 13-0 record to go along with his .418 batting average, eight home runs and 42 RBIs to earn Deseret News 1A MVP honors.
“He’s one of those kids that’s fast. He throws the ball well. He hits the ball well. He’s just a good baseball player. He’s worked real hard to get where he’s at,” said Panguitch coach Clint Barney.
Campbell was at his best when it mattered most in the final weekend of the 1A baseball season.
He threw seven innings of shutout baseball in a 3-0 semifinal win over Tabiona, and less than 24 hours later threw another complete-game shutout to lead Panguitch to a 2-0 win over rival Piute in the championship game.
Campbell only allowed three hits in the championship game while striking out seven and only allowing four walks.
“He pitched 14 scoreless innings in the state tournament, which is remarkable to me to pitch back-to-back days and pitch 14 innings and not allow a run,” said Barney.
The closest Piute came to scoring came in the fifth inning when it loaded the bases with two outs, but Campbell forced a groundout to get out of the jam.
Campbell ended the season on a 20-inning scoreless streak, complementing his 25-inning shutout streak earlier in the year.
When the senior wasn’t mowing down batters, he played all-state-caliber defense in center field.
“He dominated in CF too. When Tyce (Barney) was pitching and he played center field, when the ball was hit out in the outfield he went and got it,” said Coach Barney.
Here’s a look at the rest of the Deseret News 1A All-State Baseball Team:
Class 1A First Team
Kaden Blood, Piute, Jr.
Zack Allen, Piute, Jr.
Brigg Blackburn, Wayne, Jr.
Dason Houston, Panguitch, So.
Spencer Marshall, Green River, Sr.
Trey Barney, Panguitch, Fr.
Tyce Barney, Panguitch, Sr.
Jayden Coburn, Piute, Jr.
Justin Clyde, Tabiona, So.
Bryan Batty, Wayne, Sr.
Demont Nay, Tabiona, Sr.
Class 1A Second Team
Nick Gruet, St. Joseph, So.
Bridger Steele, Tintic, So.
Brett Barsness, Valley, Sr.
Troy Bagy, Panguitch, Sr.
T.J. Hughes, Green River, Jr.
Jarret Lefler, Tabiona, Sr.
Jon Mendez, Green River, Jr.
Kix Roundy, Bryce Valley, So.
Kobe Shatto, Valley, Jr.
Dalton Steed, Piute, Sr.
Logan Steed, Piute, Jr.
Triston Sweat, Wendover, Sr.
Braden Brian, Wayne, Jr.
Keldon Norris, Panguitch, Sr.