Week 11 Diamond Notes

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout

Each week, IHSA coaches around the state submit to us their nominations for the PBR Illinois Player of the Week and PBR Illinois Pitcher of the Week honors. Being in the middle of the IHSA State Playoffs, submissions were limited this week with many teams being knocked out. We collected some of the top performances from last week to compile into this week's PBR Illinois Diamond Notes. 

The PBR Illinois staff would like to thank all of the coaches and players for their submissions throughout the spring.


Josh Katz RHP / RHP / Lane Tech, IL / 2023

Pennsylvania commit. Katz had an all-around impressive performance for Lane Tech last week throwing 8 ⅓ innings, earning two wins, striking out 12, walking none, allowing one hit and no runs. He also went 6-for-9 (.667) at the plate with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases. In their Regional Championship against Glenbrook South, Katz threw a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts and one hit allowed on 77 pitches. 

Nathan Montalto RHP / SS / Reavis, IL / 2023

St. Xavier commit. Montalto had an impressive week in helping Reavis win both their Regional Semifinal and Regional Championship games. In their 2-1 semifinal win over OPRF, Montalto threw a complete game on the mound with nine strikeouts, one run and four hits allowed. In their championship win over No. 17 Kenwood, he went 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs. 

Cooper Thompson SS / 3B / Marion , IL / 2023

Kaskaskia JC commit. Thompson helped lead Marion to a 2-0 win over Mattoon in their Regional Semifinal win. Thompson threw a complete-game shutout on the mound, struck out eight, walked four, allowed no runs and five hits. At the plate he walked twice and scored one run.