Week 8 Diamond Notes

By: Josh Fields
Wisconsin Staff

Each week, WIAA coaches around the state submit to us their nominations for the PBR Wisconsin Player of the Week honors. On Wednesday, we awarded the second 'Players of the Week' awards of the year, representing Week 8, to C Hunter Carlson (Hudson, 2024), who went 10-for-12 on the week with four doubles, a triple and a home run collecting eight RBI’s on the week, earning this week’s ‘Player of the Week’ honors, as a result. RHP Nathan Vela (Hortonville, 2023; Winona State commit) earned ‘Pitcher of the Week’ honors after he twirled a no-hitter against Appleton North, one of the top teams in the Fox Valley Association in 2023.

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.


Edison Alonso CF / 1B / Reedsburg Area , WI / 2023

Madison JC commit. Alonso had a knack for hard contact this past week as he went 4-for-8 with three home runs and collected seven RBI’s, also scoring three runs, walking twice and stealing three bases. Alonso continued the hot streak that he started the previous week on Friday where he went 2-5 with a walk-off home run against Madison Edgewood.

Tyler Andrews LHP / 1B / Whitefish Bay , WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Andrews was a big part of the Blue Dukes success during their conference slate. Last week during their game against Slinger Andrews got the start and tossed 6.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits and walked three batters while striking out six helping Whitefish Bay win 2-0. Andrews finished the conference slate pitching 20.2 innings of scoreless baseball with starts against Hartford and Port Washington.

Ethan Bauerschmidt SS / RHP / Tremper, WI / 2025

Uncommitted. Bauerschmidt helped the Trojans go 4-0 on the week where he had big moments both at the plate and on the mound. At the plate Bauerschmidt went 5-for-14 including two triples. On the mound Bauerschmidt came on in relief in three games throughout the week tossing 4.2 innings striking out nine batters and recording two saves, one against Kenosha Bradford, the other against Burlington. 

Cole Bensen RHP / Bay Port, WI / 2023

Wisconsin-River Falls football commit. Was a two-way contributor for Bay Port during their 3-0 week. At the plate Benson went 4-for-8 with a home run and four RBI’s three runs and two walks for the week. Benson was a big part in Bay Port’s win over Kewaunee going 3-for-4 with a 3-run inside-the-park homerun. On the mound against Sheboygan North Benson tossed a complete game shutout allowing four hits and walking one while striking out six batters.

Ryan Berghauer OF / RHP / Brookfield East, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Berghauer was an offensive performer for the Spartans this past week. Going 9-for-14 over the week with three triples, five runs, three RBI’s and drew two walks. Berghauer was a big part of the Spartans win over Menomonee Falls going 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and picked up the save in the seventh inning.

Brady Carpenter OF / RHP / Arrowhead, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Carpenter tossed a complete game shutout this past week against Waukesha South. In that game Carpenter allowed one hit and issued two walks throughout the game while striking out five batters overall.

Michael Cesarz 1B / OF / Marquette, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. The Hilltoppers went 4-1 over the week and helped Marquette earn the #1 seed in their sectional. In five games this week Cesarz hit .533 in 15 at-bats with four doubles and got on base at a .632 clip. Cesarz collected six RBI’s on the week with three runs and also drew three walks as well.

Christian Collins SS / OF / Notre Dame Academy, WI / 2025

Uncommitted. Collins helped Notre Dame Academy to a 3-1 week where he went 8-15 with a home run and four RBI’s and four runs. Collins had a two RBI day against Wausau East where he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. 

Zach Denneau OF / RHP / Pius XI , WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Denneau helped Pius XI to a 4-0 week in the midst of the 7 game winning streak. Over the four games Denneau went 9-for-12 with two triples on the week, good for a .750 batting average and a 1.083 slugging percentage. Batting cleanup for Pius XI Denneau also collected three RBI’s and three runs on the week only striking out one time. 

William Hess 3B / RHP / Arrowhead , WI / 2023

St. Cloud State commit. Arrowhead went 3-1 on the week with help from a good week from Hess. At the plate Hess went 5-for-11 with a double and four RBI’s on the week, with a big two RBI game in a close Kettle Moraine game that Arrowhead was able to win. 

Ethan Hindle SS / 2B / Arrowhead, WI / 2023

Kentucky commit. Hindle went 5-for-11 with two home runs and a double for Arrowhead during their 3-1 week. Hindle also drove in five runs throughout the week with a big 3 RBI game against Waukesha South where Hindle also went 3-for-3 with a walk.

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

Uncommitted. Jirschele helped Mosinee go 5-0 on the week and helped secure a conference championship. At the plate he raked up 12 hits across his 23 at-bats including six extra base hits, three doubles, two triples and a home run. On the mound in the conference championship clinching win over Antigo he tossed five innings allowing three runs on four hits issuing two walks and striking out four batters. 

Craig Kabat RHP / Bay Port, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Kabat was a big part of Bay Port’s win over Kewaunee. Kabat got the start on the mound and tossed four scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out seven batters. Kabat got through four innings on 50 pitches, 33 of those being strikes, good for a 66% strike rate.

Camden Kuhnke SS / RHP / Hortonville, WI / 2023

Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit. Kuhnke turned in a big week at the plate going 7-11 in three games this week, good for a .636 average on the week. Kuhnke was a standout performer in Hortonville’s win against Antigo where he went 4-4 hitting for the cycle while driving in two RBI’s and scoring three runs.

Connor LaBar 3B / 2B / Bay Port, WI / 2023

St. Norbert College commit. LaBar was a contributor at the plate for Bay Port during their 3-0 week. Over the three game week LaBar went 5-for-10, with a big performance against Sheboygan North where he went 2-for3 with two RBI’s and a run on the day. 

Landen Lozier 2B / 2B / Notre Dame Academy, WI / 2023

Michigan State commit. Notre Dame Academy went 3-1 on the week, Lozier was a large part of that. At the plate Lozier went 9-for-18 with two doubles and a triple with six RBI’s and three runs on the week. Against Wausau East Lozier went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks on the day. 

Parker Meifert RHP / 2B / Greenfield, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Meifert was a two-way contributor for Greenfield during the past week. At the plate he went 4-for-8 scoring one run. On the mound Meifert tossed seven innings allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 16 batters against Cudahy. 

Charlie Olson OF / 1B / Greenfield, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Olson was an offensive contributor for Greenfield as he went 6-for-8 with three doubles and six RBI’s and three runs this past week.

Ethan Plog LHP / OF / Bay Port, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Plog was a key piece in Bay Port’s 3-1 win over Manitowoc Lincoln. On the mound Plog tossed a complete game allowing one unearned run and a hit while striking out 10 batters.

Brayden Ramus RHP / RHP / Arrowhead , WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Just like his teammate Carpenter, Ramus also tossed a complete game shutout against Waukesha South. In Ramus’ start he allowed two hits and issued a walk throughout the game and struck out two batters. Ramus was ultra-efficient throughout his start, tossing five innings in 56 pitches, 40 of those going for strikes good for a 71.4% strike rate.

Zander Rockow OF / LHP / Regis, WI / 2023

Minnesota Football commit. Rockow had a big day at the Cumberland Invitational last Saturday. On the day Rockow went 7-for-8 with a double, triple and a home run while driving in eight RBI’s and six runs with three stolen bases. In game one out of the leadoff spot Rockow went 4-for-4 going for the cycle with his at-bat going for an inside-the-park grand slam. Game two Rockow went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and two stolen bases.

Jaden Valdez / Greenfield, WI / 2025

Uncommitted. Valdez went 5-for-8 on the week for Greenfield driving in two runs and scoring five runs over the course of the week.