WIAA Diamond Notes: Week 2


Diego Solares
By 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 2 Player of the Week honor to RHP/OF Tyler Gall (Oak Creek, 2021). 

Gall starred on both sides of the ball for Oak Creek, the No. 2-ranked team in the state. Most notably, Gall has not allowed a hit in either of his starts this spring, having recorded back-to-back no-hitters, the most recent of which came on May 7 against Bradford. No pitcher in Oak Creek’s storied history has ever thrown two no-hitters in the same season, and Gall recorded his two in consecutive outings. 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.

And Gall’s production for the Knights did not stop there, as he recorded eight hits, including a double and triple, that generated four RBIs and four runs scored, with the help of five stolen bases.

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 3 POTW award (statistics counted from May 10 through 16), 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 2

+ Tommy Meyer, Wauwatosa East, 2021: Earning his second nomination in as many weeks, Meyer continues to put up numbers in bunches for the Red Raiders. Committed to Northern Illinois, Meyer went 7-for-15 with a home run, two doubles, and he drove in six runs as well. His lone start was a dominant one; a 6.1 scoreless outing against conference rival Menomonee Falls in which he struck out eight batters.

+ Tim Freking, Lake Country Lutheran, 2022: Freking threw eight innings last week for the Lightning, striking out eight batters and he was also a part of a combined perfect game. Offensively, Freking went 5-for-12 at the plate with four doubles, two swipes, and drove in six.

+ Carson Klaus, Adams Friendship, 2022: Klaus appeared twice in relief for Adams Friendship, securing a victory in one and shutting down the door for a save in the other. He totaled 5.2 scoreless innings on the week, striking out 11 batters and allowing just one hit.

+ Caleb Guden, Medford, 2022: Guden continues to put up numbers for Medford and he came close to winning the Player of the Week award for the second straight time. Guden made two starts this past week, striking out 15 batters and giving up just one run over 10.2 innings pitched. He continues to mash at the plate as well, crushing two home runs, two doubles, and driving in four runs in 18 at-bats.

+ Bailey Lemke, Martin Luther, 2021: Lemke did it all for the Spartans last week, tallying five hits over four games at the plate. Two of those went for extra bases and he also drove in six runs, while swiping four bags. Where he really shined was on the mound, however, as Lemke struck out 14 batters and allowed just one earned run in a complete game against Lake Country Lutheran.

+ Jared Lessman, St. Croix Falls, 2021: Lessman continues to carve opponents up for the Saints, making two starts this week and striking out 25 batters over nine innings. He swung a hot bat all week as well, tallying six hits and six RBIs as St. Croix Falls remains undefeated.

+ Caleb DeJong, Merrill, 2021: In three games and two victories last week for Merrill, DeJong tallied eight hits, including a home run and three doubles.

+ Blaine Guthrie, Baldwin, 2021: Guthrie went 7-for-13 last week and drove in 10 runs while scoring six times of his own. He was walked six times, three of which were intentional, and he also threw out two would-be base stealers from behind the plate. His contributions aided Baldwin in going 4-1 on the week.

+ Logan Schulfer, Stevens Point, 2021: One of the top arms in the state, regardless of class, Schulfer shoved for Stevens Point in their 1-0 victory over Wausau West earlier last week. The Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out 15 batters - an infield single being his only blemish. 

+ Joe Ricchio, Kenosha Tremper, 2021: The Trojans’ won three games last week and their offense greatly benefits from the contributions they got out of Ricchio. Committed to Fort Scott CC, Ricchio went 6-for-11 at the plate with four extra-base hits, including a home run. He also drove in six runs, scored three times, and didn’t strike out once last week.

+ Luke Hessenauer, Milton, 2021: Milton had a strong week two, sweeping Edgewood and defeating ranked Arrowhead 2-1. Hessenauer went 4-for-8 at the plate, driving in seven and scoring two while walking twice. He doubled and homered, the latter being a grand slam to take the lead against Edgewood in one of their victories.

+ Aaron Jungers, Madison Memorial, 2022: Jungers threw five scoreless innings in his lone start for Memorial, scattering four hits and striking out six. He also went 4-for-7 at the plate, doubling twice and driving in five.

+ Tanner Johnson, Kenosha Indian Trail, 2022: Johnson was dominant in all areas for Indian Trail last week, striking out 16 batters and giving up just three earned runs in two starts. He had seven total hits, including three doubles and a home run.

+ Matt Felber, Kenosha Indian Trail, 2021: Like his teammate above, Felber helped pace Indian Trail to a strong offensive week. The uncommitted senior doubled four times and tripled as well.

+ Nick Doubek, Pewaukee, 2022: Doubek started his week off with a complete game victory against Wisconsin Lutheran and finished it off by going 9-for-14 at the plate, driving in eight runs on two extra-base hits. Doubek has pitched well this year for Pewaukee and continues to build a quality statistical resume.

+ Carson Hansen, Pewaukee, 2022: Another strong offensive performance for Pewaukee this week, Hansen clobbered two home runs and doubled twice, driving in eight total runs. He wreaked havoc on the bases as well, swiping four bags and coming across to score seven runs as well. 

+ Matt Miller, Ozaukee, 2022: It’s the second straight Player of the Week nomination for Miller, who went 4-for-6 on the week with three extra-base hits and five RBIs, helping lead Ozaukee to their 3-0 start.

+ Brayden Marks, Elkhorn, 2022: A recent Bradley commit, Marks has been a frontline type arm for Elkhorn all season and he continues to build off his strong start to the spring by tossing a no-hitter last week. Marks struck out 11 batters on just 81 pitches, walking just one.

+ Evan Iwinski, Franklin, 2022: Iwniski bounced back on the mound in an impressive way, striking out 14 batters over six innings last Tuesday against Racine Park and helped lead Franklin to victory.

+ Max Semancik, Franklin, 2022: The left-handed hitting Semancik continues to produce out of the leadoff spot for the Sabers, going 10-for-17 last week and walking three times. He was the spark plug all week in what turned out to be a strong offensive performance for Franklin, scoring 10 runs total.

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