Badger State Games Quick Hits: Day 3

By: Wisconsin Staff

Each year, the PBR Wisconsin staff hosts the Badger State Battle at the Woodside Complex sites in Mauston and the Dells as a way to celebrate the roots baseball has grown in the state of Wisconsin. The field is limited to programs that call our state home, pitting the top Wisconsin natives against one another. Following each gameday, we’ll go through the day’s highlights inside these Quick Hits posts.

Continue on below to view the day three’s biggest takeaways.



RHP Carter Gunderson (Eleva-Strum, 2024) is 6-foot, 138-pounds long levered with projection to the frame. Dynamic quick mover in delivery with intent through release.  FB 79-81 MPH to areas in zone and a big breaking CB 64-65 for strikes and swing and miss.  


UTIL Tyler Craig (Madison Memorial, 2025) has a sturdy build at 5-foot-10, 205-pounds. Played the role of an offensive catalyst against ISA-White, tallying four hits in a big win for Edge.


C Alex Sartor (Whitehall Memorial, 2025) stands at 5-foot-11, 155-pounds with a lean and athletic frame. The right handed hitting catcher batted second in the lineup and 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Sartor works from a slightly opened stance and uses a smooth load to keep a level bat path through the zone. Defensively, he receives the ball well and displayed ability to frame pitches from behind the plate.


RHP Sawyer Conradt (Hortonville, 2025) is an athletic 5-foot-9, 150-pounds right handed pitcher with quick arm from high three-quarter slot, features a FB 79-81 mph and a breaking ball 66-68. Has pedigree and more room to fill for future velo gains; recently a winner from our Underclass Open event. 

OF Trevor Vande Hey (Wrightstown, 2025) is an athletic 6-foot, 180-pound right handed hitter with present strength and quickness in hands.  A twitchy athlete, Trevors shows barrel control with direct handsy swing, can drive balls to all fields.  Showed instincts to play outfield making a rangy play hit into right center field gap.  


1B Jackson Beschta (Hortonville, 2025) hosts a physically imposing build with projection at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. Showed off his LH power potential with a long pull-side HR against Edge over the high walls in Sauk City.

C Nick Hawker (Bay Port, 2025) 5-foot-9, 175-pound backstop with athleticism in his frame. Generated much of the offense for ISA-White on Saturday in Sauk City, finding the barrel for a long three-run HR over the high wall in LF.


UTIL Nathan Schopf (Oak Creek, 2025) is an athletic 6-foot, 185-pounds with projectable strength. Stood out at our Milwaukee Preseason ID, posting an impressive max EV (99 mph) and peak bat speed (79.5 mph). Knocked hits in both of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a loud two-run double and another base hit up the middle.

RHP Ben Hefter (Franklin, 2025) has a physical and sturdy build at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds. Arm strength is present. Loose arm action with quick speed from a high ¾ window. Fastball sat 78-80 mph, T82 mph; plays heavy through the zone. Mixed in a breaking ball to help miss barrels. Curveball sat 66-68 mph, plays on 11/5 plane with occasional depth. 


RHP Brody Shulte (Westosha Central, 2025) made for an intriguing look yesterday at the Woodside Complex. Listed at a ultra-projectable 6-foot-4, 160-pounds Shulte has plenty of room to add. Despite his long limbed frame, Shulte showed the ability to sync up his easy delivery and pounded the zone with a fastball in the high 70’s and also showed feel to land a 11/5 breaking ball for strikes. This past winter, Shulte also caught our attention at the Kenosha Preseason ID event and will certainly be a name to keep an eye on as his body develops over his high school career. 

C Bradley Filippis (Indian Trail, 2025) is listed at athletic 6-foot, 160-pounds and recently impressed at our Underclass Open where he showcased his advanced defensive skillset behind the plate. At Woodside, we got the chance to see how his skills translated into gameplay. Behind the plate, Filippis’ actions were something that set him apart from his peers, showcasing the ability to receive and block. While at the plate, Filippis works from a slightly wide and open stance, paired with strong hands, to drive a deep XBH over the left fielders head. With his defensive abilities along with his knack for the barrel, Filippis is a name to monitor throughout his high school career.


OF Cruz Palubicki (Crandon, 2026) stands out among kids a full year older than him. Playing up a level with the 15U group, Palubicki is still a physical presence and displayed a simple/strong swing to pair. On the barrel multiple times throughout the day, Palubicki stays through the zone with a flat path while looking to put the ball on a line. 



LHP Robert Barrera (Union Grove, 2024) is listed at an athletic 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Showed well for Forceout 16U in their game against GTS with his ability to pound the zone with a FB/CB mix. On the bump, the southpaw displayed a repeatable delivery with quick, over the top arm action to get through his four innings of work. FB sat 80-84 with arm-side run. CB sat 65-70 with downer action and showed out-pitch potential. 


INF William Hess (Arrowhead, 2024) is a 6-foot-0, 190-pound athletic player who has made a large impact for his team all weekend. Compact swing with a higher leg kick, shows ability to drive the ball. He continued to stay hot at the plate on Saturday, as he went 2-for-2 with a double. Hess is currently 7-for-10 at the tournament, and has led the GRB MKE Green 16U team to a 3-0 record. 


1B Graham Kasten (University School of Milwaukee, 2024) showcased his pull side power against the 16U Silver Sluggers White on Saturday. 6-foot-0, 190-pound frame with room to grow as a to-be junior. With a closed stance, as we saw at the Underclass Open a couple of weeks ago, shows the ability to keep the barrel in the zone for a long period of time. Went 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBIs. A prospect to look out for after a strong spring season for University School. 



MIF Marco Falletti (Wilmot, 2023) is a name who has performed well in front of our staff multiple times. At Woodside he continued this trend has he had yet another solid performance offensively. Falletti is an aggressive swinger and defintely does not get cheated on any of his swings. In Brew State’s matchup with Silver Sluggers, Faletti collected a deep triple to the center-field fence. This has become a common trend for this uncommitted, incoming senior as we have seen him consistently drive the ball hard to all parts of the field. 


LHP Carson Dupuis (Edgerton, 2023) is listed at a thick 5-foot-9, 195-pounds and made for interesting look on Saturday. On the mound, the southpaw reached highs of 85 mph with his fastball from an over the top arm slot that seems tough to pick up. As for his offspeeds, he flashed feel for a hard thrown, tight spinning breaking ball and a changeup with depth. 


MIF Jax Hisle (Homestead; Parkland commit) is a quick twitch athlete. 6-foot-2, 190-pounds and still with room to fill out. Tall stance with high hands, short leg lift to generate separation. Quiet, efficient swing mechanics with a fluid path. Showcased his bat speed by getting his hands inside the ball, hugging the line to drive in a run.

RHP Austin Kutz (Hartford Union 2023; Canisius commit) lean and lanky frame at 6’6”, 200-pounds that has projectable strength. FB sat in the low 80s, T84 mph with life through the zone; scored an 86 Hop+ this past preseason. Mixes in a pair of breaking balls, with both the CB and SL playing with sweeping action. CB sat 69-71 mph; registered Sweep+ score of 113 at an event this spring. SL sat 71-73 mph. Confident in his breaking balls.

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RHP Austin Grube (Chilton, 2023) XL frame with mass and strength, more size and strength coming. Smoothness to movements through delivery with 3/4 arm slot. Displayed a repitoire with a FB 80-85 mph with arm side run, curveball at 74-75 with big two plane tilt and 10/4 shape, flashed feel for a change up with some late depth. Calm demeanor slow heartbeat type presence. 


INF Keegan Fleischman (Lodi, 2023) is an athletic 5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitting infielder. Consistently found the barrel today for the Silver Sluggers going 3-for-3 collecting two singles, and a deep double to the left field wall that missed home run by a matter of feet. Looked comfortable in high-leverage situations. Defensively, he looks the part of a up-the-middle defender and paired it with smooth infield actions, coupled with a strong arm. 


OF Bryce Bollant (Highland, 2023) Athletic, 5-foot-9, 145-pound frame. Showcased his speed in center field while also showing ability to read and react to both gaps and straight away. Right-handed hitter with a simple, line drive approach at the plate.


RHP Camden Kuhnke (Hortonville, 2023) has shown well at the plate all tournament but on Saturday, he was equally impressive while on the bump. Working quickly, Kuhnke reached highs of 88 mph and sat anywhere from 84-87 with a fastball that had major life through the zone. In his outing he was fastball dominant but he also showed feel for a tightly spun breaking ball that he was able to throw for strikes and also outside of the zone. Throughout his complete game efforts, Kuhnke allowed just three hits and punched out 10, he remains one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state.