PHS Baseball Preview

By Braden Clark

After coming off a 16-10 record, and an appearance in the second round of the state tournament last season, after losing to 3A state champions Snow Canyon High School, our Payson Lions baseball team looks to turn heads this coming season.  With a change to the coaching staff, new head coach Brad Kidd looks to start his first year with a bang.

“We have worked really hard this offseason and the stuff that Coach Kidd is teaching us is helping us seniors and helping the juniors improve too,” said senior Talon “Kid Rock” Proctor.

                Not only did the Lions get a new head coach but they also return key players from their post season run from last year, returning seniors such as Jordan Mellen, TJ Anderson, Javier Torres, Tallon Proctor and juniors Seth Sorenson and Wyatt Voorhees. 

“A few of us have played a lot of varsity innings over our years, and I hope our experience will get us started off hot to start this season.  While our younger players get use to the varsity speed,” said senior TJ “The Man” Anderson.

                Lions look for new players to step up and fill the roles that seniors of last year left.  One key to Payson’s success is the addition to Payson High School transfer student Jaxon Hendrickson, and where he had key varsity outings as a sophomore for Springville High School.

“I finally get to get back on the diamond, it has been long time coming and I finally get to play after sitting out last year.  I hope to make significant impact on this year and bring success to us this year,” said senior “The man with a plan” Jaxon Hendrickson.

                At a glance, the Lions baseball team has a very promising future if the returning seniors can step up and be leaders for those juniors and sophomores looking to fill key holes left by graduating seniors.  It is obvious to point out the giant hurdle Payson will have to climb that is Spanish Fork High School, but if they could steal one game from the Dons we could possibly looking at a region championship for our Mighty Lions.