Prep Baseball Report

Week 10 Diamond Notes

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout

Each week, IHSA coaches around the state submit to us their nominations for the PBR Illinois Player of the Week and PBR Illinois Pitcher of the Week honors. On Wednesday, we awarded the Week 10 ‘Player of the Week’ honor to Hunter Warren (Moline, 2023; Wright State), and the ‘Pitcher of the Week’ honor to Evan Foster (Maroa-Forsyth, 2023). Last week, Warren went 13-for-22 (.591) with three doubles, two home runs, nine RBIs, seven runs scored and two stolen bases. Foster  threw a perfect game in the Trojans Regional Championship win, striking out 12 in the outing. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a triple, double, two runs scored and two walks.

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.


Owen Hidden SS / 3B / East Peoria , IL / 2025

Last week the Raiders went 4-1, and Hidden played a major role in their wins going 12-for-15 (.800) with a home run, double and 11 RBIs. In their 17-2 win over Centennial, Hidden went a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. He had his most impressive game of the week in their 12-8 win over Mt. Zion, where he went a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, six RBIs and a run scored. In their 4-3 loss to Pekin, Hidden went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. 

Jack Hughes 3B / 1B / Evergreen Park, IL / 2024

Uncommitted. In their 9-6 loss to Highland Park, Hughes went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBIs, a run scored and a walk. He went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in their 8-0 win over Thornwood. In their 9-1 win over Shepard he added a double with three RBIs and a run scored. On the week he went 7-for-15 (.467/.800/1.375) with eight RBIs and five runs scored.

Brandon Johnson RHP / SS / Lemont , IL / 2023

Lake Land commit. Johnson went 1-0 on the mound last week, moving his record to 8-1 overall. In their 9-3 win over Andrean, Johnson threw six innings, struck out five, walked three, allowed two runs and two hits. At the plate, he went 6-for-18 (.333) with a double and two RBIs.

Christian McGrath RHP / St. Rita, IL / 2024

Uncommitted. In the Mustang’s 5-1 win over Maine South, McGrath shined. He threw a complete game, struck out six, walked one, allowed one run and six hits.


Tanner Thomas RHP / OF / Arcola , IL / 2025

Louisville commit. Arcola defeated Strasburg, the number one seed in their sectional bracket, to win their first Regional Championship in 39 years. Thomas threw 6 ⅔ innings, struck out 11, walked three, allowed one run and four hits. He also hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Purple Raiders the 3-0 lead. 


On the Week the Hawks went 2-0, including a Regional Championship title. Below were some of their top performers from the week:

Daniel Darin, OF/LHP, 2023
Lindenwood commit. In their 11-1 win over Marissa to win the Regional Championship, Darin went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, four RBIs, three runs scored and a walk. He hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Kameron Hanvey, Gibault HS, 2023
Blackburn College Basketball commit. Hanvey threw a complete game on the mound in their Regional Championship win. He struck out five, allowed one unearned run and two hits. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored.