Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 14 Janesville Craig

By: Diego Solares
Associate Scout, Staff Writer

The Wisconsin high school baseball season kicks off on March 29, opening day for regular season action under WIAA regulations. Over the next week, leading up to opening day, we’ll be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2022 spring season, touching on programs spanning all state classifications, counting down through the official PBR Wisconsin Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Perennially, we’ve submitted a Preseason Questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state. Their responses have been flooding in and we’re using the detailed insight they’ve provided in our team-by-team preseason analysis.

Our 2022 preseason coverage continues today.

Team: Janesville Craig
Preseason Rank: 14
2021 Record: 16-9
Conference: Big Eight
WIAA Division: 1
Head Coach: Victor Herbst


Name Class Pos Commitment
Jack Ryan
2022 OF/RHP
Patrick Schork
2022 OF/RHP
Brent Klukas
2022 RHP
Carson Herbst
2022 INF
Aiden Schenk
2022 1B/LHP
Jake Schaffner
2023 MIF
Jackson Adams
2023 OF
Devin Gudenschwager
2023 OF
Joe Stried 2023 INF -


+ 1B/LHP Aiden Schenk (2023): Schenk’s been on the rise for us since the fall, where he impressed our scouts at The Rock and carried that momentum throughout the winter into the South Milwaukee Preseason ID a few weeks back. Built at a strong 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, Schenk wields an impact-type left-handed stroke, peppering balls off the barrel both at our event and during our in-game looks. He has the offensive skill-set to be a middle-of-the-order type bat for this team, but Schenk’s physical talents transfer to the mound as well. He was up to 85 mph with his fastball from the left side in a quick ‘pen, sitting at 82-84 mph. Last season, Schenk pitched to a 5-2 record for the Cougars and earned all-conference first team honors for his efforts on both sides of the ball. Schenk returns as an all-around anchor for this team and him building off last year’s performance will greatly benefit the Cougars.


75%: The amount of innings and returning starters Janesville Craig brings into the 2022 season. They’re group last year was widely inexperienced and still proved to be successful, and now things are on an upward trajectory for the Cougars as that budding core is back in 2022. 


The Cougars had plenty of success in 2021, making it to their sectional final before losing to eventual state champion and conference foe Sun Prairie. They’re even more excited for what’s to come this spring, especially because all but two regular starters last season were underclassmen and that entire group returns in 2022.

We’ll actually start by looking at this junior class, which featured a multitude of everyday contributors last season that compliment this team’s seniors rather nicely. Mentioned above as this team’s ‘X-Factor’, Schenk headlines a group that includes INF Jake Schaffner (2023), OF Jackson Adams (2023), OF Devin Gudenschwager (2023), and INF Joe Stried (2023).

Schaffner is a highly athletic left-handed hitter that represented Team Wisconsin at the PBR Future Games this summer and should slot right back at the top of this lineup while handling shortstop duties as well. How much he improved over the off-season, particularly in the power department, could be a main factor into the potency of this Janesville Craig offense, with their junior standout looking to repeat as a first team all-conference selection. Adams, as things stand right now, is a top-60 prospect on our 2023 rankings and impressed us this past fall with a twitchy, athletic left-handed stroke that’s performed in game. Another pesky left-handed hitter on this team is Gudenschwager, who emerged a winner from the Milwaukee Preseason ID a few weeks ago. He’s an advanced athlete for his age (6.81 60-yard dash) with high bat-to-ball skills and a competitive approach in the box. He’ll comfortably roam this outfield as well and may even contribute innings on the mound as the spring rolls on. Stried is a dual-sport athlete, he’s on the Cougars’ basketball team as well, that adds another dynamic to this infield with returning experience to pair.

Jake Schaffner (7/28/21)

Moving to the senior class, Craig returns a formidable bunch of players headed into their final season at the prep level. RHP/OF Jack Ryan (2022; Wisconsin-Whitewater) and OF/RHP Patrick Schork (2022) are both key returners on both sides of the ball for this team, though their impact is most likely to be felt on the mound. Along with Schenk, this duo accounts for a large chunk of the Cougars’ returning innings bulk and ensures that an experienced face will be on the rubber on a game-to-game basis. They’re no slouches offensively either, giving Janesville Craig a necessary all-around boost. RHP Brent Klukas (2022) and INF Carson Herbst (2022) are two more names-to-know in this senior class.

Jack Ryan (8/16/21)


With an entire group of experienced returners, the Cougars have a real shot at the Big Eight conference title this spring. It won’t be easy, with Sun Prairie, Verona, Madison Memorial, and Middleton all in the mix, but the upside that Janesville Craig has on both sides of the ball could have them playing fairly deep into the WIAA playoffs.

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Find more information on the 2022 Cougars below:

+ Team Website
+ Team Schedule
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