Badger State Games Quick Hits: Day 1

By: Wisconsin Staff

Each year, the PBR Wisconsin staff hosts the Badger State Battle at the Woodside Complex sites in Mauston and the Dells as a way to celebrate the roots baseball has grown in the state of Wisconsin. The field is limited to programs that call our state home, pitting the top Wisconsin natives against one another. Following each gameday, we’ll go through the day’s highlights inside these Quick Hits posts.

Continue on below to view Day one's biggest takeaways.



SS Henry Lynde (Menomonee Falls, 2025) Athletic, left-handed hitting SS, with a projectable frame, shown well for Brew State Baseball. Offensively displays quick hands and with an athletic gait out of the box, floats around the base paths. Defensively, displays smooth actions with on the infield dirt and made a great diving play up the middle in which he threw the runner out from his knees. 

OF Jackson Neilitz (Plymouth, 2025) Nielitz was recently a winner from our Underclass Open last week and he continued to impress this weekend up in Mauston. At an athletic 6-foot-1, 165-pounds Neilitz has plenty of room to grow into his frame. While in the right handed batters box, Neilitz showcases some quick hands which helped him drive a ball up the middle in which he used his athleticism to stretch into a double. 


INF Nolan Sandee (Nicolet, 2024) Medium frame with athleticism quickness and burst. Smooth left handed swing, flat path, barrel control. Actions to play middle infield. Plays with some confidence and plays hard. All-Conference Honorable this year at Nicolet going into his junior year. 


The A’s got off to a hot start in the tournament with a 11-1 win in their first game. Jack Gorman (North, 2025), Hunter Sandberg (Mondovi, 2025) and Warren Bowe (Cadott, 2025) all contributed to the team's victory. Gorman, a right-handed hitting catcher, got on base all three times with two hits and an RBI. In a simple stance with an uppercut swing, Gorman recorded an RBI double during his second plate appearance. Left-handed hitting Sandberg, started the scoring for his team with a line ball down the opposite field line to score a pair. Bowe, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound left-handed hitting first baseman lifted one over the left center field fence for a solo shot.

ISA 15U Black

RHP Loren Georger (Appleton West, 2025) Long projectable frame at 6-foot 160lbs. Athletic delivery with some effort, displaying a loose arm, competes. Finishes his pitches out front, fastball 79-82 mph with carry through the zone and the ability to command it. Throws the breaking ball at 63-65 mph at armspeed with intent, feel to spin.

ISA 15U Royal

OF/RHP Sawyer Deering (Kimberly, 2025) A representative of Team Wisconsin at the 2021 Junior Future Games, Deering continues to impress. Athletic 5-foot-10, 160-pound frame with solid hand speed. Batted leadoff and played RF in the first of ISA Royal’s two games. Deering has a feel for the barrel, knocking a pair of extra base hits which included a towering pull-side home run down the left-field line. Finished the day 2-for-4 with a HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R.


INF Ben Johnston (Kimberly, 2025) started his tournament with a two hit performance and drove in five runs. A lean 5-foot-9, 145-pound left-handed hitting middle infielder, set up in a simple, balanced stance with a toe tap stride to start the swing. A line drive type hitter on a spray approach with a compact swing through the zone.


Southpaw Ben Verges (Franklin, 2025) a lean, lengthy 6-2, 200-pound LHP, tossed a five inning complete game shutout with eight strikeouts and two hits. Verges used a fastball-curveball mix to control the zone with a 71% strike rate. A two-seam fastball held 77-79 mph throughout the outing with some slight sinking action.  The curveball played with slurve-like movement at 63-66 mph. A tall-and-fall delivery with a big knee kick works directionally in line with home. Verges comes at the hitter with a short, deceptive arm action and a 3/4 slot.


3B Davis Halbleib (Sun Prairie, 2025) Athletic, left-handed hitting third-baseman. Hitting third in the lineup for the GRB Rays White 15U, displayed a quick bat with speed out of the box, made solid contact with the ball in multiple at-bats. Stood out defensively with his athletic and smooth infield actions. Throughout the game Halbleib made a diving play to his glove side off a hard line drive and made a tough play on the run, displaying a strong and accurate arm.


RHP Ethan Arnold (Fond Du Lac, 2025) 5-foot-11, 155-pound athletic build on a projectable frame. Worked strictly from the stretch on Thursday night. Short & whippy arm action with quick arm speed from a high ¾ window. Mixed speeds well, keeping hitters off-balanced and taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Fastball plays heavy in the zone with downward tilt, sat 78-80 mph and T81 early on before settling in at 76-78 mph. Maintains arm speed while throwing his off-speed, mixing in a breaking ball at 67-69 mph with depth and a changeup at 70 mph.


RHP Owen Dobberstein (Pewaukee, 2025) 5-foot-11, 165 lb. athletic frame threw the ball well for STIKS in their game vs GRB Rays Yellow. His fastball sat 78-80 mph, and touched 82 a couple times with sink. Was able to consistently get swings & misses with the fastball. He also spun in a developing curveball that sat 64-68 mph. 

C Benjamin Doherty (Pius XI, 2023) 5-foot-10 175-pound frame showed well on both sides of the ball today for STIKS Academy-Hybrid. At the plate from the right side, he put together a solid day at the plate as he collected a pair of extra-base hits. While he is behind the plate Doherty receives the ball well and was able to keep it in front of him, making it easy for his pitchers.



1B Aidan Perdreau (Mukwonago, 2024) 6-foot-2 210-pound frame showed strength for BSBA today. Flashed pop from the right side for BSBA today. Blasted a home run to deep left center in their game vs Rhino Baseball and should be a close follow for the rest of the tournament.

LHP Chase Baker (Mukwonago, 2024) 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame that oozes projection. Showed well today on the mound vs Rhino Baseball. Fastball sat 77-81 with arm-side run and got swings andmisses. His breaking ball sat 67-68 with sweeping action. A follow going forward in the 2024 class and we might see him later on in this tournament. 


OF/RHP Marshall Loch (Union Grove, 2024) Long limbed, athletic frame at 6-foot-2 180-pounds. Loch is a toolsy player using his speed to help him roam around the outfield and make tough plays. Also showcasing the ability to pitch with a lively arm from a high effort delivery, fastball up to 83 mph with a developing breaking ball that flashed sweep.


RHP Jake Lueptow (Elkhorn, 2024) is built at a compact 5-foot-10, 170-pounds and was impressive for GTS in their only game of the day. Leuptow got the start and across his four innings of work he struck out six and allowed just one earned run. Throughout his outing, Leuptow consistently sat in the low 80’s with his fastball and also showed major confidence in sharp biting, horizontal type breaking ball that produced a ton of swings-and-misses. 


C Joshua Gilroy (Arrowhead, 2024) is an imposing bat for this Rays MKE squad. Standing at a thick 6-foot-1, 210-pounds Gilroy’s power potential is real and he showed it off in game, smacking a ground rule double to the deepest part of the field. Earlier this year, Gilroy was a stand-out performer from our Madison Preseason ID event and has continued to impress each time he is in front of our staff. 

ISA Black 2024

UTL Carson Glosny (Notre Dame Academy, 2024) 6-foot-2 195-pounds proportional frame with strength throughout. Narrow set-up with a short stride, loads with both his hands and legs. Stays short and compact to contact, while keeping his head down. Showed bat-to-ball skills and raw power to the pullside with a two-run HR. 

ISA Royal 2024

RHP Easton Arendt (DePere, 2024) Athletic frame with room to grow. Showcased feel to pitch, consistently throwing strikes, with a fluid low-effort delivery and a fast arm. Three-pitch mix including a fastball 81-84 mph that maintained velo late in game, and a breaking ball 71-73 mph with sharp 11/5 movement, also a changeup 75-76 mph.


INF Jack Lutz (Whitnall, 2025) Playing up a year, Lutz is a projectable wiry framed athlete at 6-foot 125-pounds. Offensively, he displays a short direct handsy swing, viewed a couple hard contact balls showing barrel control. Reliable hands and accurate arm from 3/4 slot at shortstop. Made a rangy play in the six-hole, gloving a ball to the backhand making a strong throw to first base.

C Kayden Berenz (New Berlin Eisenhower, 2024) Catcher folds comfortably, soft hands and ability to lead pitcher through game. Displays quick transfer and strong arm with carry on steal attempt. Short quick direct bat path. Hit a double with an RBI in three at bats at the plate. 

RHP Tyler Suttner (Waukesha North, 2024) High upside arm with projectable body and easy, loose, athletic move through the baseball from x-fire landing. Displays a quick arm, quiet head and balanced finish. Fastball 79-83 mph to spots and flash for breaking ball 69-70 for strikes. 


RHP Jason Janczak (Whitefish Bay, 2024) Extra long levered wiry frame with projection, quick arm from high 3/4 slot, indicating there may be more velocity in future, ability to time up mechanics. Throughout his outing Janczak produced fastballs at 75-80 mph all around the zone and showed feel/shape for slurvy-type breaking ball that registered at 67-70 mph.


INF Jordan Bundy (Milton, 2024) brought over a successful WIAA season in which him and his Milton squad won their first-ever State Championship. Since then it seems that Bundy has continued to hit as he found multiple barrels for the Thundercats 16u in their first game of the Badger State Games, which included a deep double to left field wall. While in the right-handed batters box, Bundy works from a wide, open stance and flashed some pull side pop. Bundy isn’t the only prospect on this Thundercat squad that was a part of Milton’s historic season. OF Owen Holcomb (Milton, 2023) and 1B Braylen Vande Berg (Milton, 2024) also played integral roles for the Red Hawks during their championship run. Vande Berg is built at an athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pounds with room to fill out and from the lead off spot he collected a pair of singles and finished with two RBIs in the win. 


LHP Ethan Plog (Bayport, 2024) Projectable arm coming in at 6-foot 160-poounds. Simple, easy drop and drive delivery that has some funk to it. Featuring two pitches that produce swings and misses often, fastball 79-81 mph, and a breaking ball 70-73 mph. Through 5.2 innings he collected 11 strikeouts while only giving up two hits, four walks, and zero earned runs. 



MIF Nathan Huff (Delavan-Darien, 2023) Athletic 5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitter. Batted lead off and played shortstop for GTS Thursday morning. Short swing path that sprays line drives to all fields. In front of our staff, Huff has run a 6.86 60-yard dash and that speed translates well in game, causing chaos on the base paths. In the field, smooth and athletic actions while manning the middle of the infield.

UTIL Ryan Weed (East Troy, 2023) Imposing physicality in the right handed batters box with a 6-foot-4, 215-pound build and plenty of strength. Middle-of-the-order type hitter with quick hands that helps generate easy bat speed. Sets up in a tall stance, toe-tap trigger, hands fall into a smooth load. Uphill barrel path through the baseball. 


RHP Max Mueller (Chilton, 2023) Athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pound RHP with a projectable frame. Dominated on the mound in Sauk City on Thursday evening. Funky arm action with deception to hide the baseball. Fastball sat 79-80 mph, T82 mph with occasional arm side run. Mixed in a breaking ball at 69-70 mph with gradual depth. Final line: CG, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K.


LHP Tayton Herron (West Bend West, 2023) 6-foot 190-pounds, strength in the lower half, simple drop and drive delivery with a little effort, with a quick arm, lands closed towards 1st base. Three-pitch mix featuring a fastball 78-80 mph with armside run, a changeup 72-74 mph, and a breaking ball 67-69 mph. 


RHP Denver Hughes (Janesville Craig, 2023)Lean and lanky 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame with room to fill out. Took the bump Thursday evening vs. ISA Black. Long, loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 79-81 mph, T82 mph a handful of times. Showed durability by maintaining velocity throughout the game. Mixed in a high 60s breaking ball to miss barrels. Worked throughout the zone well, showing control by not allowing a walk. Final line: CG, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.


RHP Maddox Cejka (Prairie du Chein, 2023) Medium framed twitchy athlete with quick arm, that produced fastballs in the 79-84 mph range, topping at 85 and he showed feel to land a breaking ball in the high 60’s for strikes. Two way player with ability see baseball at the plate and uses short direct path to barrel the ball. Also displays feel to play shortstop. High character and high academic kid with raw talent. 


RHP Tristan Arnold (Mukwanago, 2023) Athletic build with room to grow. Displays feel to pitch, has mound presence, loose, repeatable delivery with a whippy arm. Three-pitch mix featuring a fastball 80-86 that plays well up in the zone, a sharp breaking ball 71-74 with some sweep, and a changeup 75-76. Through 6.1 innings of work he collected eight strikeouts while only allowing four hits and one earned run.


RHP Beckett Davidson (Neenah, 2023) hurled a four innings complete game gem in the tournament opener. Well-proportioned 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame working out of a smooth tall-and-fall delivery with a short arm action and a 3/4 slot. Davidson struck out nine batters while allowing one hit and one walk. The fastball played with late and slight arm-side run sitting 80-83 mph. For offspeeds, Davidson used a slider with 10/4 movement holding at 66-67 mph and a changeup at 74-75 mph.