Prep Baseball Report

Idaho Diamond Notes (April 8-13)

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 3B/RHP Taylor Stringfellow, Highland (Uncommitted)
Pitcher of the Week: '24 SS/RHP Dillon Fine, Homedale (Utah commit)


'25 RHP Tre Morse (Mountain Home/Gonzaga): Morse put together potentially the best two-way performance across the State this past week and had a Pitcher of the Week type outing on the mound, if it weren't for Dillon Fine's program record-breaking 18-strikeouts. Morse took the mound on Tuesday for the Tigers and went the distance, working seven innings without surrending a run or hit. The Gonzaga commit also picked up 12 punchouts while walking just three, marking his third straight start with double-digit strikeouts (according to MaxPreps). In that time, Morse has 38 strikeouts to five walks over 18.1 innings. At the dish, Morse went 8-for-15 with a triple, three doubles, seven runs scored, an RBI and a walk. 

'25 1B/RHP Jackson Wendt (Rocky Mountain/Uncommitted): Wendt led the way offensively for the Grizzlies on Thursday as he went 4-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs scored and four RBI in the 9-1 win over Mountain View. Beyond that game, Wendt picked up an additional two hits and a walk in Rocky Mountain's two other games. The Grizzlies went 2-1 on the week with wins over Mountain View and Nampa, as well as a loss against Middleton.

'26 INF Nathan Keith (Owyhee/Uncommitted): Keith was another top candidate for Player of the Week as he was on a tear at the dish with opposing pitchers getting get him out just once across 10 plate appearances. In three games, the underclassman went 8-for-9 with two triples, a double, four runs scored, five RBI and two walks. Keith was an offensive leader as the Storm went 3-0 on the week with wins over Mountain View, Meridian and Nampa, outscoring them 32-5. Owyhee has now reeled off five straight to improve their record to 11-2 (4-1). 

'25 RHP Michael Myers (Boise/Uncommitted): Myers turned in his best performance of the season so far on Tuesday as he went 4.2 innings while surrending just one run (0 ER) on two hits, two walks and five strikeouts in the 10-1 win over Kuna. Just a couple days later, Myers worked two innings against Middleton, allowing just one earned run on two hits with one strikeout. Boise went 2-1 on the week with wins over Kuna and Meridian while dropping one to Middleton 4-2 as the Boise Brave are now 11-4 (4-2) on the season.

'24 OF Jacob Black (Eagle/Uncommitted): Black's week at the dish got started on Tuesday as he came on in a pinch-hit role and immediately went deep for a solo HR as the Mustangs picked up a 13-1 win over Borah. The following game, against Capital, the uncommitted senior picked up another hit and HBP, along with a two runs scored and a RBI. In the two games, Black went 2-for-3 with a HR, three runs scored, two RBI and a HBP. The Eagle Mustangs continued their dominant ways this past week as they extended their winning streak to six, now 13-1 (5-0) on the season with their lone loss coming to an out-of-state program.

'25 RHP Bryce Tam (Owyhee/Uncommitted): Tam turned in a strong start for the Storm on Thursday as he worked five no-hit innings, allowing no runs, one walk and a HBP en route to a 4-1 win over Nampa. The uncommitted right-hander was dominant, picking up eight strikeouts and facing the minimum over five. As noted above, Owyhee went 3-0 on the week are now 11-2 (4-1).

'26 OF/RHP Carson Fine (Homedale/Uncommitted): The young underclassmen had a breakout performance at the dish this past week as he picked up a hit in all three Homedale games. The big game for Fine came against against Payette on Monday as he went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and five RBI. In total throughout the week, the uncommitted 2026 went 5-for-9 with a double, three runs scored, five RBI and a sacrifice. Homedale went 2-1 this past week with wins over Payette and Parma, followed by a loss to Kimberly.

'25 OF Will Chappell (Sugar Salem/BYU): The Sugar Salem outfielder continues to swing a hot bat over the past couple weeks as he racked up six hits in the Diggers three wins this week. Chappell picked up a pair of hits in all three games, going 6-for-9 with a HR, six runs scored, seven RBI and three walks (according to MaxPreps) as Sugar Salem dominated Teton, winning all three by a combined score of 34-0.

'25 SS/RHP Jackson Gardner (Sugar Salem/Uncommitted): The uncommitted two-way talent flashed his ability to get it done on both sides this past week as he put together some of the better statistics across the State on the mound and at the dish. Offensively, Gardner went 7-for-9 with a triple, two runs scored, six RBI and a HBP (according to MaxPreps). On the mound, Gardner dominated over four innings against Teton as he allowed just one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out nine. One of the top uncommitted upperclassmen in Idaho.

'24 RHP/SS Connor Capps (Canyon Ridge/Uncommitted): Capps was another player this week who showed well on both sides of the ball. The Canyon Ridge two-way went 4-for-9 at the dish with a double, two runs scored, four RBI and a walk. On the mound, the right-hander worked 6.1 innings against Twin Falls allowing seven hits, three runs (1 ER), two walks and struck out eight.

'24 RHP Dax Whitney (Blackfoot/Oregon State): Whitney is one of the top senior pitching prospect in the State but it was his work with the bat that grabbed the headlines this week as racked up seven hits in Blackfoot's four games. The Oregon State commit blasted home runs in back-to-back games to start the week and throughout the week he went 7-for-13 with two home runs, two doubles, six runs scored, five RBI, a walk and a HBP. The Broncos took two of three against Skyline this past week while also dropping one to Highland as they're now 11-5 (7-2) on the season.

'25 LHP/OF Lincoln Mathis (Rocky Mountain/Southern Idaho): The College of Southern Idaho commit continue to impress recently as pitched a seven-inning complete game in Rocky Mountain's 9-1 win over Mountain View. In the seven innings, Mathis allowed just five hits, one run, no walks and struck out seven.

'24 RHP/OF Luke Scott (Eagle/The Master's): Scott got the ball in Eagle's Friday night matchup against Centennial and worked five shutout innings, leading the Mustangs to a 7-0 win. Over the five innings, The Master's University commit allowed just two hits, no runs and three walks while striking out seven. Eagle High School's baseball program continues to roll along this year as they're still undefeated (5-0) in 5A Southern Idaho action.

'25 OF/RHP Dawson McInelly (Sugar Salem/Utah Tech): McInelly has been known for his capabilities on the positional side but has flashed plenty of upside on the mound this spring and he turned in another dominant performance for Sugar Salem on Thursday against Teton. The Utah Tech commit pitched a complete-game, seven-inning shutout, allowing no runs on four hits, no walks and collected 11 strikeouts. McInelly also swung the bat well in the three games as he went 3-for-9 with a home run, triple, double, five runs scored, three RBI, two walks and a HBP. 


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Idaho State Games (Invite Only) ID 06/04 College of Southern Idaho - Twin Falls, ID
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