Week 4 Diamond Notes


By Isaiah Glidden
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

Each week, WIAA coaches around the state submit to us their nominations for the PBR Wisconsin Player of the Week honor. On Wednesday, we awarded the third POTW of the year, representing Week 4, to RHP/INF Brayden Olson (St. Croix Falls, 2023; uncommitted), who K'd 20 batters in nine innings and he also pulled more than his weight offensively, recording seven hits, including a home run.

Inside of this Diamond Notes piece, we acknowledge the performances that fell short of that POTW honor, but are still deserving of some recognition here.

WEEK 4 DIAMOND NOTES

Mason Buss RHP / Arrowhead, WI / 2022

Mason Buss was dominant in his start for Arrowhead. In six innings he recorded 12 strikeouts while scattering three hits and one walk. With his performance he earned the win and helped Arrowhead continue their quality play this season.

Michael Carpenter LHP / Arrowhead, WI / 2023

Carpenter was in complete control during his start for Arrowhead at the PBR at The Rock High School Invitational. Carpenter went six innings of shut-out baseball while tallying 10 strikeouts and allowing just two hits. With this performance, Carpenter helped Arrowhead cruise to a victory over Menomonee Falls, 9-0.

Tyler Deleskiewicz RHP / OF / Lake Geneva Badger, WI / 2022

The Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit put together a solid week on both sides of the ball. On the mound, Deleskiewicz twirled a five inning gem in which he logged 11 strikeouts and only allowed one hit. At the plate, he tallied a single and a home run in his five at-bats.

Jaxson Easterlin RHP / Franklin, WI / 2022

In Franklin’s matchup with Greendale, Oakland commit Jaxson Easterlin twirled an absolute gem. Despite Greendale scoring one run, Easterlin threw a complete game no-hitter that included four strikeouts and allowing just one walk. Easterlin’s efforts led Franklin to a 8-1 win over No. 24 Greendale.

Carson Faust 3B / Grafton, WI / 2023

In three games for Grafton, Faust recorded five hits which included three doubles and a pair of triples. The junior also drew four walks for an OBP of .692. In the three games, Faust drove in five runs and scored three runs as well.

Jacob Granley RHP/ OF / Boyceville, WI / 2022

Granley put together a very solid week on both sides of the ball for Boyceville, in the mix for POTW honors. At the plate, Granley went 4-for-8 and batted in two RBIs. On the mound, Granley went a perfect 2-0, one of those wins included a complete game shutout. In his 12 innings, Granley allowed just one earned run on seven hits and fanned 21 opposing batters.

Gunther Grosenick OF / 3B / Lake Country Lutheran, WI / 2022

Last week, Grosenick had a batting average of .769 (10-for-13) in four games. In these games Grosenick also batted in six runs and tallied three stolen bases. Not only did Grosenick contribute greatly on the offensive side of things, he also played a key role on the mound. Grosenick pitched in two combined no-hitters and logged seven strikeouts in three innings.

Keagen Jirschele SS / 2B / Mosinee, WI / 2024

Mosinee’s Keagen Jirschele had a great week which included his first high school home run. On the week he was 7-for-10 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Jirschele also registered three RBIs, seven runs scored and six stolen bases. His home run turned out to be the difference in the win over Onalaska. Jirschele, just a sophomore, is batting .478 on the season with 11 hits, seven of those extra bases and has pitched 7 innings striking out 9 with a 0.00 era.

Gavin Kilen SS / Milton, WI / 2022

In four games for No. 3 Kilen recorded nine hits which included a triple and a home run in the same game. The Louisville commit also logged seven RBIs as well as scoring 11 runs in these four games.

Andrew Niaves C / OF / Oregon , WI / 2022

In 11 at-bats, Niaves recorded six hits which included a pair of doubles and one triple. The senior finished the week with five RBIs, five walks, and scored five runs as well. On the basepaths Niaves stole seven bases to round out a solid overall week.

Connor Olson INF / Arrowhead, WI / 2023

Connor Olson helped No. 2 Arrowhead continue their dominant start to the season. In 13 at-bats Olson tallied seven hits (.538 batting average). His seven hits included five singles and two doubles to drive in five RBIs throughout the week.

Tyler Soule SS / 2B / Oregon, WI / 2022

Soule put together a very solid week in which he tallied eight hits in 12 at-bats. His eight hits included three doubles and one triple that drove in six RBIs. Another impressive stat from Soule’s week was that he was a perfect 9-for-9 on stolen bases.

Max Steiner SS / RHP / Verona Area, WI / 2022

Steiner’s bat got hot last week, in their first game of the week against Janesville Parker he went 3-for-4 with a double and five RBIs. Our staff got the chance to see Steiner first-hand at the PBR at The Rock High School Invitational. Between two games there, Steiner went 4-for-7 which included a triple and a homerun in the final game of the invitational. Steiner finished that game with another five RBI performance. 


MORE TOP PERFORMERS

+ Kenny Andrekopoulos, RHP, (Crivitz, 2023)In his first career varsity start, junior Andrekopoulos twirled a gem for Crivitz in their game against Niagara. Andrekopoulos failed to allow a hit in his five innings of work while also recording eight strikeouts. It took Andrekopoulos just 70 pitches to get through his five innings in this dominant pitching performance.

+ Camron Duncan, RHP, (Parkview, 2022): Duncan helped Parkview secure their first win of the season with an impressive performance on the mound. In his start he logged 7 ⅔ innings of shut out ball. Duncan scattered just four hits and one walk while punching out nine.

+ Matt Merlo, RHP, (Random Lake, 2023): Merlo has been on fire recently and continued the hot start to the spring in Week 4 action. In Merlo’s first appearance of the week he came on in relief versus Kohler. Merlo pitched the final two innings and logged four strikeouts and earned the save for his efforts. In Merlo’s second appearance of the week he got the start and was dominant. He twirled a complete game gem, tallying 12 strikeouts and allowing just two hits. 

+ Tyler Olson, INF, (St. Croix Falls, 2023)Olson, a junior at St. Croix Falls, recorded seven hits for a .636 batting average. One of his hits being a homer and finished the week with 11 RBIs. Olson helped St. Croix Falls to a 4-0 week and an undefeated start to the season.

+ Evan Sauer, C, (Waupun, 2024)Sauer, a sophomore, put together a solid week in four game for Waupun. Sauer went 9-for-13 which included six singles, two doubles, and a home run, finishing the week with 12 RBIs. Also, Sauer scored eight runs and only struck out once in his 13 at-bats.

+ Eli Schmidt, OF, (Neenah, 2022): In three games for Neenah, Eli Schmidt tallied five hits, which included a pair of doubles, in his eight plate appearances. Schmidt also recorded eight RBIs on his five hits all while no striking out once. We got the chance to see Schmidt at the PBR at The Rock High School Invitational where they took down two talented teams in Franklin and Catholic Memorial. 

+ Kadin Wallin, RHP/INF, (Seneca, 2024): Wallin put together a solid game on both sides of the ball Saturdays matchup against Cashton. At the plate, Wallin went 2-for-4 with a single and double which drove in one run. Wallin also recorded a pair of stolen bases in the matchup as well. He also pitched in the game as well and went 5 ⅓ innings with five strikeouts and allowed just one hit. In the second game on Saturday he one again went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.

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