FHSAA Diamond Notes: 4/8 to 4/15


Phil Kerber
PBR Florida/JUCO Wire



Throughout the 2019 high school season, we’re accepting nominations from the coaches across the state of Florida for their program’s PDQ Player of the Week candidates. While there can only be one PDQ Player of the Week in the state, we’ll be using this weekly FL Diamond Notes post to highlight the top performers of the past week who fell just short of PDQ POTW honors. We cover all corners of the state, and the evidence is in this post.


Below are the Diamond Notes from April 8 to April 15.

PBR Florida would like to thank all the coaches from across the state who nominated their players. There were numerous worthy selections, making it a difficult challenge to narrow down our Diamond Notes.

Bryce Einstein, RHP, Canterbury, 2019
The Lipscomb recruit threw a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits and striking out seven over the Stetson recruit Jovan Gil led Southwest Florida Christian. Einstien moves to 5-1 on the season with 0.52 ERA and is also batting .489 on the season.


Justin Mosley, RHP, Clay, 2019
Pitched five innings, striking out thirteen batters in a win over Menendez. Was also 3-4 in two games with a triple and an RBI.


Kyle Barnowski, RHP/MIF, The King’s Academy, 2021
The 2021 RHP went six innings against a talented Cardinal Newman team, earning the win while striking out nine batters.


Max Baldacinni, P, Somerset Academy, 2019
Was 2-3 with a double, home run and three RBIs against West Broward. He then started for Flanagan against Everglades, going four innings, allowing one hit and striking out six in the win.


Nicholas Venable, MIF, West Florida, 2019
Was 6-for-9 with a double and an RBI over the week. Venable is batting .585 on the year and has yet to strikeout.


Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek, 2020
Florida commit continued to stay hot offensive, helping lead the No 4 Spruce Creek to three wins. He has 5-7 with double and six RBIs.


Irv Carter, RHP, Calvary Christian, 2021
One of the top 2021s in the state, Carter shined again against Chaminade Madonna, going six innings, allowing three runs on one hit while striking out eleven in the win.


Ian Fernandez, RHP, Miami Sunset, 2020
The junior went complete-game shutout for Miami Sunset over Archbishop Carrol, allowing three hits and striking out four in the winning effort.


Cade Kontny, RHP, Lakeland Christian, 2019
A Spring Arbor University recruit, Kontny threw a five inning no-hitter in his teams 10-0 win over Frostproof, striking out five and walking none.


Benino Mendella, C, IMG Academy, 2019
Was 6-10 on the week, which included a win over a talented Doral team in which he went 2-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs.


Albert Hernandez, RHP, Monsignor Pace, 2020
The Miami recruit could not be stopped this week. In Pace’s two games he was 6-6 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in a pair of wins.


Alex Britton LHP, Olympia, 2020
The junior for Olympia High School was 3-6 with two home runs and four RBIs on the week.


Max Romero, C, Pembroke Pines Charter, 2019
The Vanderbilt recruit continued to stay hot this spring. He was 4-6 with two home runs, two doubles and five RBIs in two games.


Bennett Lee, C, Jesuit, 2020
The Tulane recruit continues to help lead Jesuit offensively. Lee was 6-12 on the week, which included a stretch of four triples in consecutive at-bats, leading his team to three wins.


Daniel Vassallo, INF/RHP, Carrollwood Day, 2020
Vassallo was perfect through five and ended up going six no-hit innings in a winning effort. He also had two hits and an RBI for Carollwood Day.


Cade Bush, 1B, Palm Beach Gardens, 2021
The Florida State commit had a monster week at the plate, leading Palm Beach Gardens in offense. In 10 plate appearances, Bush collected eight hits including one home run and two doubles.

Sawyer Feller, C, North Broward, 2020
Feller, committed to Stetson, helped lead North Broward to two big wins last week. The catcher went 4-6 with two doubles.

Hylan Hall, OF, Ocoee, 2019
The Miami recruit had a monster week for Ocoee, leading them to three victories. The senior outfielder went an incredible 9-11 with seven RBI, six runs and three home runs.

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