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Bridger Clontz poses for a photo outside of Fremont High School on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Clontz is the 2022 Standard-Examiner All-Area Baseball MVP.

Brian Wolfer, Special to Standard Examiner

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Fremont’s Bridger Clontz slides toward the plate in Game 2 of a 6A second-round playoff series against Clearfield on Friday, May 20, 2022 in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Examiner)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Examiner

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BRIDGER CLONTZ, FREMONT, MVP. Pitcher/First Baseman • Senior … Clontz had a 1.51 ERA in 55 2/3 innings pitched with 90 strikeouts on 23 walks and 36 hits allowed, according to MaxPreps. Clontz batted .438 with .525 on-base percentage, 27 RBIs, nine doubles, three homers and two triples.

Brian Wolfer, Special to Standard Examiner

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Bridger Clontz poses for a photo outside of Fremont High School on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Clontz is the 2022 Standard-Examiner All-Area Baseball MVP.

Brian Wolfer, Special to Standard Examiner

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PLAIN CITY — During an April game against Clearfield, Fremont High senior baseball pitcher Bridger Clontz felt a little tired, didn’t have much energy, and said he was exhausted towards the third round.

The coaches asked for snacks and drinks. Clontz still wasn’t feeling well.

And yet, he threw a one-hitter shutout.

Either way, it seemed like when Clontz took the mound for the Silverwolves, good things happened.

“His greatness was that he was almost the same every game. When we needed him to come in and throw well, he just did that game after game,” Fremont coach Garrett Clark said.

In 55 2/3 innings, southpaw Clontz allowed 12 earned runs for a 1.51 ERA, giving up 36 hits and 23 walks while striking out 90 batters. Clontz is the 2022 Standard Examiner All-Area Baseball MVP.

He went 9-0 on the mound and Fremont won all 10 games pitched by Clontz, starting with a season-opening win over Pleasant Grove and ending with a state tournament win over Lone. Peak.

Clontz has done his damage mostly with a fastball that has been around 85-88 mph this year. Occasionally he mixed sliders and curveballs, but was good enough with the radiator that he didn’t have to show “the whole cookie jar”.

He had about the same repertoire this year as last year. The difference this year was that he threw strikes from the jump and put hitters behind in the count.

Statistically, Clontz’s best pitching performance was probably his 14 strikeout effort in a five-inning shutout victory at Roy. Or maybe it was a 15 strikeout game in a 4-2 win over Weber. Or, the game where he threw a one-hitter shutout against Clearfield.

Clontz had another game in mind for what he would call his best on the mound.

“My debut against Farmington. It wasn’t my best on paper, didn’t have the most strikeouts or allowed any runs, but I felt like it was a really good team and it was a drudgery all day. Clontz said. “I never had the chance to – like, I couldn’t lose my focus or I knew they’d do something that would beat me.”

It was the Silverwolves’ region opener. Fremont won the starting Clontz 5-3, won the next day 8-7, then won 18-7 a few days later to complete the sweep over what would ultimately be the second team in Region 1.

Clontz has also hit well this year, batting .438 with 27 RBIs, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs and a .525 on-base percentage.

Overall, the Colorado-Mesa signee said he wants to improve this year and just be consistent.

“That’s the greatest thing about being a great pitcher in my idea, no matter the day or the circumstances, you’re consistent so you don’t have to worry about whether he’s going to walk a group kids, drop a bunch of hits, you know what you’re going to get,” Clontz said.

Attention to detail is preached in the Fremont baseball program. It matched Clontz’s personality. He’s a clean and organized person by nature, which is ironic considering he’s been working in construction this summer before heading off to college.

If, after games, the players weren’t doing a good enough job of taking care of the pitcher’s mound, Clontz grabbed the rakes and shovels and took care of it.

Both Clark and Clontz credited the latter’s work in the offseason and his dedication to it for his success in 2022.

As well as the physical side of things, Clontz said he’s worked a lot on his mental approach to the game and feels like he’s mentally in control in 2022. That can be hard to do in a sport like baseball that has so much downtime between pitches. .

“It’s really easy to get depressed in a sport where you fail more than you succeed, so I think I grew up a lot believing in myself and having confidence if I was on the mound, and I had to make a big throw, and trust my other teammates that they were going to make it in the moment,” Clontz said.

Fremont has had the luxury of three good starting pitchers this season in Clontz, Gavin Douglas and Landon Salvesen.

Still, Clark said Clontz was crucial to the success of Fremont, which won the Region 1 championship, went 27-3 on aggregate and claimed the No. 1 seed in the playoffs before being eliminated. by Farmington in the last eight of the 6A State Tournament. .

“He was just a quiet person, so when we needed him, he was there. That’s the most important thing,” Clark said. “When you have guys like that in your program, you win 25 games in a row.”


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