American Fork junior is the first Caveman to win the Gatorade Award for the sport.
American Fork junior Fisher Ingersoll was just one of many high school baseball players who barely got a season in the spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, his school was one of several that competed in a makeshift tournament to get some sort of season.
Cavemen won the 6A bracket Last Chance baseball tournament. Then came those who followed this season 6A state title. Ingersoll’s role was instrumental in American Fork 30-1, leading to him winning the Gatorade Player of the Year award for baseball in Utah.
“I was very proud and just very humble to receive such an award,” said Ingersoll. “I am very blessed to have my teammates [and coaches] which I had because I could not have done it without them. ”
Shortstop ended the junior season with four home runs, 13 doubles and seven triples. He hit 41 races, scored 44 himself and had a stroke average of .610.
Ingersoll is the first American Fork baseball player to win the Gatorade Award.
“It’s a great honor because there have been a lot of great players who came through American Fork,” said Ingersoll.
After a difficult 2020, Ingersoll and his teammates wanted to make sure to protect every moment of the baseball season in 2021, he said.
“We just wanted to suck it all in while we had it, because we saw it taken from us last year,” Ingersoll said. “So we just wanted to have fun, be loose and just enjoy each other.”
Ingersoll is committed to playing baseball at BYU. But during the senior season, he looks forward to learning to be a better leader for his younger teammates, he said, because he had great men to guide him when he was younger.
While a lobster of seniors graduated last season, Ingersoll believes that American Fork has an opportunity to repeat itself as 6A champions.
“We have a lot of returns, and I feel like we’re all going to get faster and stronger and just get a better IQ,” Ingersoll said. “I think we have a great chance.”