Prep Baseball Report

Idaho Diamond Notes (April 1-6)

Cam Black-Araujo
Idaho Operations

Each week, the Prep Baseball Idaho staff asks High School coaches across the State to fill out our Player/Pitcher of the Week questionnaire which helps us in our selection process of honoring the top performances. With all of the talent throughout Idaho, it can be difficult to just pinpoint one pitcher and positional player each week so our 'Diamond Notes' articles will serve the purpose of highlighting some of the top performances that were submitted by coaches.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts throughout the week as each Saturday we will send out the link to the questionnaire with all submissions due at 11:59PM on Sunday.

Below, we'll take a look at some of the top performances across the State over the past week.

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Player of the Week: '24 SS/RHP Dillon Fine, Homedale (Utah commit)
Pitcher of the Week: '25 RHP Jackson Gardner, Sugar Salem (Uncommitted)


Dawson McInelly OF / Sugar Salem, ID / 2025

It was a strong week for Sugar Salem's baseball program as they collected three wins in as many games and saw Jackson Gardner claim Pitcher of the Week honors. The Utah Tech commit, Dawson McInelly, led the way offensively 5-for-9 with four extra-base hits, highlighted by a grand slam in the Diggers 23-3 win over Snake River. He filled out the box score all week long with a full stat line of five hits, a home run, three doubles, six runs scored, ten RBI and four walks, while striking out just once. The West Coast Games alum continues to put together an impressive spring season as he's batting .448 with a .617 on-base percentage.

Joseph Madsen LHP / 1B / Rigby, ID / 2026

The Uncommitted 2026 left-hander took the mound for Rigby this past week and worked 2.2 innings while striking out six. In total this year, Madsen has punched out 15 hitters during his eight innings of work.


Payton Fine RHP / 2B / Homedale, ID / 2024

The uncommitted senior right-hander continues to dominate on the mound this spring and was nearly perfect over four innings this past week as Homedale knocked off McCall-Donnelly 14-0. In the four innings, Fine allowed just one hit, no walks and no runs while striking out seven. In total on the week, Fine pitched seven innings, allowing just one run (0 ER) on three hits, one walk and he struck out ten.


Idaho Rising Stars ID ID 05/05 Middleton High School
Kalispell Summer ID ID 06/01 Glacier Bank Park - Kalispell, MT
Bozeman Summer ID ID 06/02 Heroes Park at Legion Field - Bozeman, MT
Idaho State Games (Invite Only) ID 06/04 College of Southern Idaho - Twin Falls, ID
Spokane Summer ID ID 06/26 Whitworth University - Spokane, WA
Future Games (Class of 2026/27) NATIONAL 07/24 LakePoint Sports
Junior Future Games (Class of 2028/29) NATIONAL 07/24 LakePoint Sports
Senior Future Games (Class of 2025) NATIONAL 07/24 LakePoint Sports