Week 9 Diamond Notes

By: Maddox Durst & Josh Fields
Wisconsin Staff

Each week, WIAA coaches around the state submit to us their nominations for the PBR Wisconsin Player of the Week honors. On Thursday, we awarded the second 'Players of the Week' awards of the year, representing Week 9, to MIF/RHP Camden Kuhnke (Hortonville, 2023; Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit), who went 7-for-11 with a home run, triple, double and eight RBIs, earning this week’s ‘Player of the Week’ honors, as a result. RHP Dylan Questad (Waterford Union, 2023; Arkansas commit) earned ‘Pitcher of the Week’ honors after he twirled a complete game with 10 punchouts and two hits allowed, leading the Wolverines to their first conference championship since 2015.

Inside of this Diamond Notes piece, we acknowledge the performances that fell short of that POTW honor, but are still deserving of some recognition here.


Joe Herrick LHP / Franklin, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Herrick tossed 5.2 scoreless innings in a 10-0 win against conference foe Kenosha Bradford. Throughout his start Herrick allowed two hits and issued one walk while striking out 14 total batters.

Colin Kinas OF / RHP / Green Lake, WI / 2023

Uncommitted. Kinas went 5-for-8 throughout the week with a double and two home runs while collecting seven RBI’s. Kinas also tossed 10 innings picking up two wins, striking out 12 batters and issuing only two walks. In his time on the mound, Kinas only allowed one run on four hits.

Zander Klaus LHP / Adams-Friendship, WI / 2023

Uncommitted. Klaus had a productive week at the plate for Adams-Friendship, going 2-for-5 with three stolen bases. Klaus had a big performance on the bump during the playoffs, tossing a complete game shutout in 83 pitches, punching out 11 batters. On the year, Klaus has six wins and a 1.24 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

Alex Mierow OF / Franklin, WI / 2023

Uncommitted. Across four games this week, Mierow was a large contributor at the plate for the Franklin offense. The senior was 7-for-14 with four RBIs and scoring five runs while also stealing three bases.

Noah Musolf RHP / 3B / Franklin, WI / 2023

Madison JC commit. Musolf led the way in the Sabers 12-0 win over Kenosha Bradford, earning a win in one of their final regular season games of the year. Musolf tossed a complete game shutout, allowing two hits and issuing two walks while striking out eight batters.

Sam Ostrenga OF / Sun Prairie East, WI / 2024

Uncommitted. Across nine at-bats this past week, Ostrenga tallied seven hits, including a double, while driving in seven runs from the leadoff spot in the lineup. Ostenga was also a threat on the basepaths, stealing five bags across three games, in addition to scoring five runs.

Ian Reno SS / Marquette University, WI / 2023

Uncommitted. Reno was a big part of the Hilltoppers 3-0 week and helped them secure the number one seed in their sectional. Across those three matches, Reno went 6-for-9 with an OBP of .700, collected two RBIs, and scored a run. On the mound, Reno tossed six innings and gave up one run on five hits, issuing two walks and striking out seven batters to earn the win.

Noah Schmitt RHP / Middleton, WI / 2023

Uncommitted. Schmitt was the lone arm in the regular season to earn a win against No. 1 Janesville Craig, as the starting pitcher threw six innings against the then-undefeated Cougars, working out of multiple jams. The Middleton senior held his opponent to one earned run on six hits, striking out two batters in the process.

Hayden Hellenbrand SS / RHP / Middleton, WI / 2023

Edgewood College commit. Hellenbrand got the save for Middleton in their big victory over Janesville Craig, stranding one inherited runner by striking out two batters. Hellenbrand ended it by making a game-saving play on the mound, securing the final out and stranding the bases loaded to end Janesville Craig’s undefeated run.

Grant Gill C / 3B / Bay Port, WI / 2023

Wisconsin-Oshkosh commit. Gill was 3-for-3 at the plate in a win over Pulaski, accumulating a double, home run, and seven RBIs for Bay Port. His quality offensive numbers powered the Pirates to a 17-1 victory that day, as the cleanup hitter was the main run producer for Bay Port.

Thomas Curry C / 3B / Arrowhead, WI / 2023

Missouri commit. Curry was the main catalyst in Arrowhead’s 4-0 week, as the Warhawks won the Classic 8 Conference title. His two home runs, one against Kettle Moraine, and the other coming against Muskego, powered Arrowhead to double digit runs in both wins. The righty finished with seven RBIs and an impressive OPS of 1.865, highlighting a quality week for the Warhawks.

Nolan Buss RHP / Arrowhead, WI / 2024

Kansas State commit. Buss dominated his lone outing of the past week against conference rival, Kettle Moraine. The right-hander twirled a complete game one-hitter in a 10-0 victory, throwing a one-hitter against a strong offense. Buss struck out seven batters on the evening, and only allowed one walk in a nearly flawless performance.