Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories about Tooele County high-school athletes who have signed to play college sports. If you know of any local athletes who have signed recently, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball runs in Stansbury senior Braydon Allie’s veins.
His grandfather, Lynn, played collegiate baseball at the University of Utah. So, too, did his father, Casey. Last week, Braydon made it three generations of Allies to play Division I college baseball, though he’ll be blazing his own trail — signing a national Letter-of-Intent to play at Dixie State University in St. George as the Trailblazers continue their transition to college athletics’ top level.
“I was just kind of born into it,” Allie said. “It was just meant to be. Lots of hard work and hours have gone into baseball, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. It was a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve one of my dreams, and to have three straight generations of Division I baseball in our family is pretty special in itself.”
Allie said he’s looking forward to the chance to work his way into the Trailblazers’ starting lineup as a freshman, as well as the opportunity to make new friends. There will also be some familiar faces on the Dixie State roster, with current Stansbury High teammate Cayden Clark set to join him in St. George, and former Tooele High standout Brett Porthan preparing for his freshman season this coming spring.
“I was getting some other looks from some colleges, but Dixie State showed me the most interest and loyalty, I felt,” Allie said. “I was their very first recruit in their 2021 class, so I felt I was their No. 1 guy that they wanted most out of anybody. I felt like it was a good fit for me and it was closer to home for my family to travel and come see me play in the future.”
Allie has put together an impressive career through his first three seasons as a mainstay in Stansbury’s lineup. He was on pace for his best statistical season before his junior season was cut short in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hitting .375 (9-for-24) with two doubles, five RBIs, five walks, a .500 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage. That included a 3-for-3 effort with three RBIs in a win over Juab.
His sophomore season, he hit .333 (18-of-54) with 11 RBIs, five runs scored, four doubles, a triple and eight walks, and he also threw out three would-be base-stealers in 23 games. His freshman season, he still managed to find ways to get on base despite struggling at the plate, drawing five walks and getting hit by four pitches. For his career, he has been hit by 12 pitches and walked 18 times while striking out just 13 times in 161 plate appearances.
That kind of success hasn’t come easily, he said, crediting his father, Casey, for putting in the time to help him improve as an athlete day after day.
“I spend at least five to eight hours every single day — if it’s not at the gym, it’s at the baseball field — throwing, hitting, anything baseball,” Allie said. “I’ve been doing it every single day since I was about eight years old. I haven’t taken any breaks. I’ve just really tried to focus on my goal and achieve my dreams.
“I’ve just been a really self-motivated person. If somebody tells me I can’t do something, I try to prove them wrong. It’s just been my mentality since I was little. You’ve just got to dig deep and you can’t give up. You’ve just got to grind through it and you appreciate the small amounts of success that come along the way.”
Allie is part of a loaded senior class at Stansbury as one of three Stallions to sign with Division I schools. Clark will join him at Dixie State, while Colton Sundloff has signed with national powerhouse Cal State Fullerton. That talent has Allie optimistic for what his final year at Stansbury High might have in store.
“We have three guys on our team that are going Division I, and I don’t think there’s any other high school in all of Utah that have even two guys going Division I on the same baseball team,” he said. “I feel like we’re going to be a real solid team this year.”
Allie plans to study psychology at Dixie State, with the goal of becoming a social worker. Again, he would be following in the footsteps of one of his parents — in this case, his mother, Colleen. His older sister, Lindsey, is also working toward a career in social work.
“My mom’s been doing it for at least 30 years,” he said. “She and my sister will be starting a business up, so I’ll be joining in on that. If you have the connections, you might as well go with them.”