Diamond Notes: Week 8


By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout

Each week, IHSA coaches around the state submit to us their nominations for the PBR Illinois Player of the Week honor. On Wednesday, we awarded the Week 8 POTW honor to SS/RHP Anthony Martinez (Lockport, 2023), who went 6-for-7 with two home runs, a double, 10 RBIs an two hit-by-pitches in just two games - also hopping on the mound and firing two shutout innings against Sandburg where he only allowed one hit and struck out four to only two walks. The uncommitted junior clubbed a home run in both games the Porters played last week, with his most impressive game coming against No. 16 Minooka; where he went a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run, double, six RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

There were a number of other impressive performances that were in the mix for the award and deserve recognition. Here’s a look at some of the most notable.

Week 8 Diamond notes

AJ Burnett RHP / 1B / Romeoville , IL / 2023

The junior right-hander tossed a complete-game shutout against Joliet Central this past week; scattering six hits, striking out seven and walking none. On the season, Burnett is now 3-4 with a 3.47 ERA with 35 strikeouts. 

Daniel Darin OF / LHP / Gibault Catholic, IL / 2023

The southpaw turned in a stellar outing against Mater Dei last week, striking out 16 while allowing just three hits and one run. On the other side of the ball, Darin went 3-for-10 with a home run, triple, double, three RBIs and two walks. 

Alejandro De Leon RHP / Romeoville High School, IL / 2022

The Joliet JC commit is a reliable right-hander on the bump, but decided to show off his bat this past week along with his arm, going 8-for-12 on the mound with two doubles and five RBIs. On the bump, De Leon tossed 6.1 innings while only allowing three hits, one run and struck out nine to three walks against Joliet Central, notching the win. On the season, De Leon is now hitting .325 with six doubles, a triple and 23 RBIs.

Brady Gilroy OF / SS / Burlington Central, IL / 2024

The sophomore has been tearing it up so far this season, and this past week was no different; finishing 11-for-20 on the week with two home runs, six doubles, a triple, three RBIs and seven runs scored. In two seperate games this past week, Gilroy went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, RBI and two runs scored. On the season, Gilroy is now hitting .386 with nine doubles, one triple and four home runs.

Weekly Breakdown:

3-4 vs. Plainfield Central; 2 2B, HR, RBI 2R

3-4 vs. Huntley: 3B, RBI, R

0-4 vs. Dundee Crown

2-4 vs. Crystal Lake Central: 2 2B, 2 R

3-4 vs. Cary-Grove: HR, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Jaden Holgado 2B / SS / Romeoville, IL / 2022

The St. Norbert commit went 4-for-8 this past week with a double and an eye-popping eight walks; scoring 10 runs and swiping eight bases throughout. Overall on the season, Holgado is hitting .338 with an OBP of .520, five doubles, four RBIs, 32 runs scored, 24 walks and 16 stolen bases.

Nicholas Kolze 1B / RHP / Romeoville, IL / 2022

The Xavier commit put together a 5-for-10 stint at the plate this past week with four RBIs in the process. He also hopped on the mound and tossed 3.2 innings against Joliet Central; surrendering one hit, no runs, striking out four and collecting the win. Overall, Kolze is now hitting .328 with a home run, triple, eight doubles and 22 RBIs - while pitching to a 2-4 record with 34 innings, 42 strikeouts and a 4.11 ERA.

Will O'Gorman LHP / 1B / Champaign Central, IL / 2022

The Champaign Central left-hander has strung together a couple really nice outings over the last few weeks; with his most recent coming against Herscher in a 6-0 victory where he tossed a complete game shutout with five hits, 12 strikeouts and no walks. His outing prior he tossed 8.2 innings in a 2-1 win over Bloomington that went nine innings; allowing just one earned run, four hits, eight strikeouts and two walks. 

Michael Person RHP / SS / Burlington Central, IL / 2024

The sophomore right-hander tossed a gem against Huntley last week; going 6.2 innings with two earned runs on six hits, eight strikeouts and four walks. On the season, Person is now 3-1 with a 1.45 ERA; notching impressive victories over Prairie Ridge, Jacobs and now Huntley.

Creighton Johnson RHP / SS / Monmouth-Roseville, IL / 2023

Threw six innings against cross-town rival United HS striking out 15. He allowed one bunt hit and walked four. He also tallied three hits, one double in six at-bats on the week. He scored two runs, had one RBI, walked once and stole two bases in the two games on the week.

James Postawa 2B / 3B / Westmont, IL / 2022

Postawa did some damage on both sides of the ball last week, but it was his performance on the mound that stuck out. He set a school record striking out 18 batters in a game. He ended up going seven innings, allowing one hit, no runs and did not walk a batter. 

Offensively, he went 3-for-9 with a double, four stolen bases, four RBI, three runs scored and a walk.

Jack Hughes 3B / Evergreen Park, IL / 2024

Sophomore hit .615 over four games last week. Hughes had 8 hits in 13 at-bats, one double, three runs, three RBIs and an on base percentage of .667.

 

 

NEUQUA VALLEY

+ Palmer Domschke, OF, 2022; (Western Michigan commit; football)
Domschke finished the week going 5-for-7 (.714 BA) with two doubles and five runs scored - also slashing .778/1.000/1.778. On defense, Domschke collected an outfield assist in a 19-11 win over Waubonsie Valley.

+ Peter Catizone, DH, 2022
Catizone turned in a 5-for-8 (.625 BA) week at the plate with three RBIs - slashing .625/.625/1.250. Catizone went a perfect 3-for-3 and drove in both runs in a tough loss to Waubonsie Valley with Missouri commit Jarron Thompson on the bump. 

+ Tyler Auer, 1B, 2022
Auer finished the week 4-for-7 (.571 BA) at the plate with a double and two RBIs - slashing .625/.714/1.339 in the process.

+ Josh Wenz, 3B, 2023
The left-handed hitting Wenz went 4-for-8 (.500 BA) on the week with five RBIs - slashing .556/.500/1.056 along the way. He also drove in five runs in a 19-11 win over Waubonsie Valley.

+ Colin Lewandowski, SS, 2022
Lewandowski, a St. Thomas commit, batted .333 on the week, finishing 2-for-6 with a home run and five RBIs - slashing .500/.833/1.333. In a 19-11 win over Waubonsie Valley, Lewandowski homered and collected all five of the RBIs he drove in on the week.

+ AJ McEneany, 3B, 2023
McEneany tossed six strong innings while scattering five hits and three earned runs, paired against the aforementioned Thompson on the bump.

 + Dilen Dabezic, RHP, 2024
The sophomore right-hander closed out the 19-11 win over Waubonsie Valley, striking out three over 1.2 innings and not allowing a single hit.

FREEPORT

+ Ryan Coon, OF, 2024
The left-handed hitting sophomore outfielder went 8-for-14 on the week with a double, triple, seven runs scored and a 1.43 OPS. Was also 3-4 in stolen bases and 

+ Cam Verner, 2025
The freshman went 6-for-11 on the week with two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs. He also scored four runs and racked up a 1.52 OPS.

+ Maddux Shockey, SS, 2023
The junior went 7-for-14 with three doubles, five RBIs and scored six runs. He also was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen bases and had a 1.24 OPS.

+ Cole Trickel, RHP, 2023
On the week, Trickel struck out nine hitters in 9.2 innings pitched. He did not allow a run and opponents had a .147 BAA.

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