With the 2014 high school baseball season getting underway last week in what should be another fantastic season, the Deseret News has compiled capsules for every 5A team in the state with information on what to expect this season.

The region rankings are based on preseason coaches' projections. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information on their team.

There are six new head baseball coaches in 5A this year: Jeff Toller (Viewmont), Matthew Bezzant (Lone Peak), Aaron Perkins (Hunter), Mark Larsen (Weber), Justin Nakishi (Syracuse) and Cory Norton (West).

Here's a region-by-region look at all 26 teams in 5A.

Region 1

- Layton

- Fremont

- Viewmont

- Davis

- Syracuse

- Northridge

- Weber

1. Layton High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Robert Ferneau

2013 Record: 20-10 (tied for 1st in Region with 8-2 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost 6-5 to Bingham in 5A championship

Returning Contributors

Quentin Marcelin Sr. OF

Caleb Harrop Sr. P/IF

Frankie Aguilar Sr. IF

Rusty Wilbert Sr. OF

Josofat Chavez Sr. Of

Brady Jewell Sr. Utility

Coach's Comment: “We lost a lot of players that graduated a year ago and that will be hard to replace. I think we should compete for a state playoff berth and hopefully win a game or two in the playoffs.”

2. Fremont High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jeff Messerly

2013 Record: 16-11 (4th in Region 1 with 4-6 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Taylorsville in first round, eliminated by Cottonwood in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

3. Viewmont High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jeff Toller (1st year)

2013 Record: 12-15 (3rd in Region 2 with 10-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Layton in first round, eliminated by Jordan in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

4. Davis High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Leo Davis

2013 Record: 19-7 (3rd in Region 1 with 7-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Riverton in second round, eliminated by Cottonwood in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

5. Syracuse High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Justin Nakishi (1st year)

2013 Record: 11-10 (tied 1st in Region 1 with 8-2 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bingham in semifinals, eliminated by Cottonwood in one-loss bracket

Returning Contributors

Kaden Craig, Sr., 1B/P

Kole Tracy, Jr., SS/P

Chase Bauerle, So., 2B/P

Coach's Comment: “We are young but hopeful. We lost 11 seniors that have steadied the varsity lineup for a few years. The three returners have some varsity at-bats, but defensively we are a new-look team. We are excited to take this young team and watch them progress.”

6. Northridge High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Shad McCord

2013 Record: 0-20 (Last in Region 1 with 0-10 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Additional information not provided

7. Weber High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Mark Larsen (1st year)

2013 Record: 6-15 (5th in Region 1 with 3-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Coach's Comment: “I know we are very senior-heavy with eight kids that saw significant time in the last two years. Pitching will be a question mark for us as we try to determine a rotation while saving arms for regular positions. I know that our kids will compete and should be able to put the ball in play. If we can throw some strikes, we should be in games late.”

Region 2

- Cottonwood

- Taylorsville

- West

- Hillcrest

- Granger

- Hunter

1. Cottonwood High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jason Crawford

2013 Record: 17-13 (tied for 3rd in Region 3 with 8-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bingham in first round, eliminated by Layton in one-loss bracket

Returning Contributors

Hunter Smith SR

Carter Owens SR

Jake Atkinson SR

Josh Shapiro SR

Martin Chagnovich SR

Jordan Martinez SR

Andrew Goodfellow SR

Dylan Cooley SR

Jeff Barton SR

Tevita Gerber JR

Coach's Comment: “Outlook is positive. We are senior-loaded and making a small run last year gives us quite a bit of experience for this group. We have good pitching with some depth. Good team speed.”

2. Taylorsville High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jake Brown

2013 Record: 16-11 (1st in Region 2 with 12-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bingham in second round, eliminated by Copper Hills in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

3. West High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Cory Norton (1st year)

2013 Record: 16-9 (2nd in Region 2 with 11-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Davis in first round, eliminated by Copper Hills in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

4. Hillcrest High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Paul Gaskins

2013 Record: 4-21 (last in Region 7 with 2-13 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors

Andrew Reich, P/OF

Ben Farrar, C

Landon Scheeler, P/SS

5. Granger High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Garrett Clark

2013 Record: 5-20 (last in Region 2 with 3-12 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors

Chayton Petersen, P, started varsity last year.

Gabe Arredondo, SS,P,C

Coach's Comment: “We are senior-heavy, most of which received varsity experience last year as juniors. Our kids work hard and expect to see it pay off. We will have a solid defense with relatively inexperienced pitching. Offensively, we hope to have last year's experience combined with a lot of work help increase our output.”

6. Hunter High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Aaron Perkins (1st year)

2013 Record: 7-17 (tied for last in Region 2 with 3-12 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors

Dillon Maynard

Braden Delamare

Matt Mondragon

Travis Fulton

Coach's Comment: “Young team with the capability to have a good season. Coaching staff is focused on improving pitching, defense and attitude. Expectation is to compete in every game with the chance to win.”

Region 3

- Bingham

- Copper Hills

- Jordan

- Alta

- Brighton

- West Jordan

1. Bingham High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Joey Sato

2013 Record: 22-7 (2nd in Region 4 with 11-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Beat Layton 6-5 in state championship

Returning Contributors

Austin Florez Sr. IF/P

Additional information not provided

2. Copper Hills High School

Team schedule

Head coach: John Morgan

2013 Record: 13-14 (tied for 3rd in Region 3 with 8-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Riverton in first round, eliminated by American Fork in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

3. Jordan High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Chad Fife

2013 Record: 15-10 (1st in Region 3 with 11-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Pleasant Grove in first round, eliminated by American Fork in one-loss bracket

Returning Contributors

Colton Shaver

Mason Krueger

Morgan Gomez

Cale Hathaway

Christian Bailey

Drew Lisk

Coach's Comment: “We are a senior-heavy team that should compete well against our competition this year. Led by returning three-year all-state catcher (BYU signee) Colton Shaver, we have an excellent chance at having a great season.”

4. Alta High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Barry Harrington

2013 Record: 18-11 (2nd in Region 3 with 10-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to American Fork in first round, eliminated by Cottonwood in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

5. Brighton High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jonnie Knoble

2013 Record: 4-20 (last in Region 3 with 2-13 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors

Taylor Prokopis

Joe Miller

Colby Batt

TJ Orchard

Alex Miles

Braydon Bagley

Coach's Comment: “Looking to improve on and off the field and to create a winning culture with a talented group of seniors.
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6. West Jordan High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Dave English

2013 Record: 11-13 (4th in Region play with 6-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Additional information not provided

Region 4

- Pleasant Grove

- American Fork

- Riverton

- Lone Peak

- Lehi

- Westlake

- Herriman

1. Pleasant Grove High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Darrin Henry

2013 Record: 15-12 (4th in Region 4 with 6-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Layton in second round, eliminated by Alta in one-loss bracket

Returning Contributors

Easton Walker, BYU commit, P/SS, Junior

Jade Smoot, LHP/OF, Senior

Brandon Coombs, P, Senior

Brody Blackhurst, 1B, Senior

Payton Henry, C, Sophomore

Zach Peterson, CF, Junior

Ben Eldredge, INF, Junior

Chase Merrell, OF, Junior

Coach's Comment: “We return seven players who all had major varsity experience. We should have a very competitive team with a bright outlook. This team has several players with the ability to play at the next level. It will be fun to see this young team continue working to reach their potential.”

2. American Fork High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jared Ingersoll

2013 Record: 18-9 (3rd in Region 4 with 10-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Syracuse in second round, eliminated by Layton in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

3. Riverton High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jay Applegate

2013 Record: 20-10 (1st in Region 4 with 12-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bingham in semifinals round, eliminated by Layton in one-loss bracket

Returning Contributors

Trevor Peterson

Joe Barlow

Coach's Comment: “Yet to be seen because we don't have a lot of varsity experience.”

4. Lone Peak High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Matthew Bezzant (1st year)

2013 Record: 11-12 (5th in Region 4 with 5-10 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors

Grant Lyman, 3B, 1st-team all-region, BYU commit

Hunter Christensen, SS, 2nd-team all-region

Cahndler Goeckeritz, OF, honorable mention all-region

Coach's Comment: “Very Athletic. Good, Strong Defense. Will compete with anyone.”


5. Lehi High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jason Ingersoll

2013 Record: 4-20 (last in Region 4 with 1-14 record)

2013 Postseason: Did not qualify

Additional information not provided

6. Westlake High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Ben Byrd

2013 Record: 17-10 (2nd in Region 7 with 12-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Salem Hills in 4A second round, eliminated by Cyprus in one-loss bracket

Additional information not provided

7. Herriman High School

Team schedule

Head coach: Jason DeHerrera

2013 Record: 10-15 (4th in Region 7 with 6-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost in play-in game

Returning Contributors

TJ Francis, Sr.

Jordan Jarvis, Sr.

Jake Nelson, Jr.

Kody Jarvis, Jr.

Coach's Comment: “The UHSAA did not do us any favors moving us back to 5A in arguably the best region in baseball. We have a strong core group of players who have been playing together for all four years. We hope this pays dividends this season. If we can get a few younger players to step up with the competition, we will compete for a playoff spot this season.”