PBR Oregon Diamond Notes: Week 5


By: Diego Solares

Each week, the Prep Baseball Report Oregon staff will highlight some of the top performers across the OSAA landscape in this ‘Diamond Notes’ article. Players mentioned below had impressive performances across the board in a given week.

Read up on the players mentioned in our first week’s edition, HERE.

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For now, here are the players that popped from the second week of OSAA action, spanning from April 11h to April 17th.

DIAMOND NOTES

+ Continuing his case for the state’s ‘Player of the Year’ award, INF/RHP Ky Hoskinson (2022; Cal State Bakersfield) had back-to-back dominant outings for McMinnville. Hoskinson threw a perfect game in his first outing, striking out 16 of 21 batters on just 78 pitches in total. He followed that up with a no-hitter, striking out 15 and erasing the only runner that reached base via pickoff. Hoskinson’s proven to be the best player on one of Oregon’s top teams this spring.

+ One of the top prospects in the state’s senior class, OF/RHP Canon Reeder (Summit, 2022; Oregon State) has been on quite the tear this spring. Reeder homered twice last week against South Salem and he’s been the lifeblood of Summit’s offense all season, slashing .533/.574/1.000 with four home runs on the year.

+ Pitching was the key for the Jesuit Crusaders last week, as they didn’t allow a single run in all three of their games against Southridge. The three-game set started on a high note for Jesuit, as LHP Nelson Keljo (2022; Oregon State) struck out 14 batters and walked just two in a complete game no-hitter. RHP Ty Alleman (2023) and SS/RHP Ryan Cooney (2023; Oregon) took the mound the next game, pitching Jesuit to a 4-0 victory. Alleman started and struck out six across six scoreless innings, scattering four hits, and Cooney closed things out in the seventh. Jesuit then turned to RHP Noble Meyer (2023; Oregon) on Thursday and he dominated, punching out 11 batters on 58 pitches in his four innings of work. Senior RHP Ansel Balmer (2022) pitched a clean final inning to put the finishing touches on Jesuit’s impressive week.

+ LHP Ian Umlandt (2022; Oregon) and RHP Nolan Umlandt (2024) each strung together dominant starts for Sherwood. The former allowed one hit in a complete game effort, striking out 13 batters on 74 pitches, allowing just one hit. The latter followed that up with seven more brilliant innings, punching out 12 while scattering four hits.

+ In three games, MIF Cole Hubka (Wilsonville, 2022; Utah commit) had quite the week for the Wildcats. He went a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate, doubling twice and tripling, driving four runs in and scoring seven times himself. Hubka was a menace on the basepaths as well, swiping nine bases on the week.

+ RHP Drew Talavs (West Linn, 2023; Oregon State) continued the trend of elite Pacific Northwest arms we’ve seen this spring. The Oregon State commit pumped his fastball up to 90 mph, pitching in the high-80s with an aptitude to land both his slider and changeup around the zone when we recently saw him. Talavs helped pitch West Linn to a victory over rival Tualatin, as the top-ranked team on our Oregon Power 12 Rankings firmly held their ground.

+ OF/LHP Hank Kern (McDaniel, 2022) continued his strong season with an all-around quality line last week. Kern threw a complete game against Lincoln on Saturday, scattering five hits and striking out nine, allowing just two earned runs. His nine strikeouts bring his total to 46 through 26 innings of work this season. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate from the lead off spot with a single, double and was intentionally walked. He led the team to a 7-3 win.

+ For Roseburg, Nathan Wayman went 5-for-7 with a two-run blast, triple, two doubles, and a single in a double header against South Medford last week.

+ Henley freshman Mark Carpenter (2025) handed the Hidden Valley Mustangs their first loss of the season after twirling a complete game gem. Carpenter helped lead his squad to a 6-2 victory, holding the potential Hidden Valley offense to two runs on three hits.

+ MIF Vinny Salvione (Rex Putnam, 2022; Portland) played a key role in Rex Putnam taking the series over Scappoose. In three games Salvione slashed .636/.692/1.545 with seven total hits, including two home runs, two doubles, and a triple. He drove in four and scored seven runs, too.

+ A common name on these Diamond Notes thanks to an impressive season thus far for Tualatin is RHP Logan Larrance (2023). The 6-foot-1, 190-pound uncommitted junior hurled five innings last week, striking out four and failing to allow an earned run in a win.

+ RHP/INF Carson Waples (Silverton, 2023) held Corvallis at bay last week, stringing together a complete game effort with nine strikeouts. Waples didn’t allow an earned run in his start and held his opposition to two hits in the 2-1 win.

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