WIAA Diamond Notes: Week 1


By Diego Solares
Staff Writer/Area Scout

Each week, WIAA coaches around the state submit to us their nominations for our weekly PBR WIAA Player of the Week honor. On Wednesday, we awarded the Week 1 Player of the Week honor (April 27 through May 2) to RHP/SS Grant Ross (Pewaukee, 2021), who led the Pirates to a 5-0 week. He made two starts for the Pirates, was credited with a win for both, and he struck out 22 batters across 11.1 innings. Additionally, Ross went 10-for-17 with six extra-base hits, including five doubles and a home run that generated seven RBIs and eight runs scored.

There were a number of other impressive performances that were in the mix for the award and deserve recognition. Here’s a look at some of the most notable.

COACHES NOTE: If you are interested in submitting a player for our Week 2 POTW award (statistics counted from May 3 through 9), please nominate a player by emailing [email protected] or reply to our 'reminder' email distributed Sunday afternoon; please include relevant statistics to accompany your nomination. We can only accept nominations on behalf of WIAA coaches, thank you.

DIAMOND NOTES: Week 1

+ Tommy Meyer, Wauwatosa East, 2021: The Northern Illinois senior recruit had a strong all-around performance in week one for the Red Raiders. He batted .300 with a 1.064 OPS, including a three-run home run that helped pace Wauwatosa East’s offense to three victories last week. Meyer started the Red Raiders’ contest against Brookfield Central and dominated, allowing just one hit over five innings pitched while striking out nine. 

+ Boston Halloran, Franklin, 2023: Halloran kicked off his varsity career on a high note, slashing .667/.727/.1.616 over three games last week for the Sabers. He had six hits total, including two doubles, and drove in a run while scoring three of his own. 

+ Tegan Werner, Crivitz, 2024: The Crivitz’ freshman had nine hits in 15 at-bats last week - eight singles and one double. He drove in three runs, stole two bases, and walked once as well. 

+ Colin Kinas, Greenlake/Princeton, 2023: In three games for Greenlake/Princeton last week, Kinas slashed .636/.733/.1.545 and had six extra-base hits, including four triples. He drove in 13 runs, scored eight of his own, and drew four walks. 

+ Walker Retz, Boyceville, 2021: Committed to the University of St. Thomas, Retz had about as impressive of a week as anyone as the D-4 favorite Bulldogs remain undefeated. He went 9-for-10 at the plate with four doubles, a triple, and two home runs, all while driving in 14 runs. Retz made one start last week and dominated, scattering three hits over six scoreless innings while striking out 14.

+ Aaron Jungers, Madison Memorial, 2022: Jungers slashed .500/.625/1.167 this week for Madison Memorial, including a home run in the season opener against Janesville Craig. He also doubled, drove in two runs, and walked twice. Jungers made one start on the mound where he allowed two runs over four innings, while striking out three. 

+ Tyler Soule, Oregon, 2021: Soule had seven hits in 10 at-bats for Oregon this week with a .571 OBP and 1.769 OPS. He drove in three runs on three doubles and scored five runs of his own, too. 

+ Jared Pelishek, Wrightstown, 2021: In 12 at-bats for Wrightstown, Pelishek slashed .417/.588/.833 with three doubles and six RBIs. He helped produce offense for his squad by walking five times and crossing home four times, too. 

+ Charlie Bogue, Mt. Horeb, 2021: Bogue had an explosive week one, batting .667 in four games for Mt. Horeb last week and driving in nine runs. He tallied eight hits total, including two doubles, a triple, and home run; a 1.917 total OPS of the week. 

+ Caleb Guden, Medford, 2022: Guden had quite the week for Medford, as the uncommitted junior slashed .636/.714/1.000 with 14 hits total. He homered twice, doubled five times, and also scored five runs. Guden hopped on the mound last week and threw a five inning no-hitter against Northland Pines, striking out eight. 

+ Logan Dobberstein, Pewaukee, 2022: The Kansas State commit threw a perfect game on just 54 pitches last week, throwing 41 of those for strikes while retiring nine via the K. He also went 7-for-16 at the plate, walked five times, and scored seven runs. 

+ Emiliano Ramos, Arrowhead, 2022: The Warhawks only played two games last week, winning both, and Ramos had a strong offensive showing in that double-header. Ramos had five hits in six at-bats, driving in two runs on two doubles. 

+ Matthew Miller, Ozaukee, 2022: Miller went 3-for-3 in Ozaukee’s only game last week, driving in six runs total and doubled twice. Miller also started that game on the mound for Ozaukee, allowing an earned run over six strong innings of work, while striking out seven. 

+ Mitchell Lukasik, St. Mary Catholic: Lukasik went 6-for-10 at the plate with three doubles, but was still far more impressive on the mound for St. Mary Catholic. He made two starts last week, one of which was a 15 strikeout no-hitter. 

+ Owen Washburn, Webster, 2021: The South Carolina commit continues to tear up the Wisconsin prep scene and started his senior season off on a hot note. He went 5-for-6 in the Tigers’ two wins, homering twice and driving in nine runs total across the two contests. Washburn also threw a complete game shutout, striking out 16 batters and allowing just three hits. 

+ Jared Hansen, Waukesha West, 2021: The Waukesha West senior went 6-for-10 at the plate this week with four doubles and he also drove in six runs. Hansen also made two starts for the Wolverines, scattering seven hits over nine innings total and striking out 15 batters, allowing two earned runs. 

+ Liam Stumpf, Mineral Point, 2021: Stumpf made three appearances on the mound last week, failing to allow a hit and striking out 17 batters total. He took care of business on offense too, going 9-for-15 with three extra-base hits, four stolen bases, and 10 total RBIs. 

+ Nick LaVigne, Appleton West, 2021: LaVigne produced a large chunk of Appleton West’s offense in three games last week, going 6-for-8 with four home runs, including a double off the wall that just missed going over the fence. LaVigne also doubled and walked twice. 

+ Gabe Wohlt, New London, 2021: New London won two games last week and Wohlt played a key role on offense in those victories, serving as a spark for their offense. He went 5-for-9 at the plate last week and walked three times, but what he did on the basepaths was most impressive. Wohlt swiped nine bags total and scored four runs - really setting the tone for New London’s offense. 

+ Gabe Zielinski, Pius XI Catholic, 2021: Zielinski swung a hot bat all week for the Popes, homering twice in three games and was a single away from hitting for the cycle in one of those games. Zielinski batted .667 on the week and reached base at an absurd .833 clip. He made one start on the week too and struck out 11 batters. 

+ Jack Severin, Kewaunee, 2021: Severin slashed .500/.500/.700 for Kewaunee last week and doubled twice, driving in six runs total. 

+ Caden Capomaccio, Notre Dame Academy, 2022: A top-ranked arm in the state’s junior class, Capomaccio turned in an impressive performance on the mound in Notre Dame’s victory over Oshkosh North last week. He allowed just one hit over 6.2 innings pitched, striking out 13 batters and only walked two. 

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