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Idaho High School Baseball: Heavy Hitters (Week of 4/10 - 4/15)
These hitters shined brightest during the past week of competition in Idaho
Published: 4/17/2023 2:50:48 PM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster


It’s time for this week’s edition of Heavy Hitters.  Every Monday, we'll recap the nine most scintillating hitting performances from the past week of competition.

Why nine?  Because there's nine batters in the lineup.

I should note that these are single-game performances only.  I don't have the math skills to pull off calculating weekly totals.

If you'd like to nominate an athlete for our Heavy Hitters list, send an email to

With that said, here's our list of Idaho baseball's Heavy Hitters, from the week of April 10th to April 15th.  The performances will be listed in chronological order.

1. Joseph Bendel, Jr, Troy

Troy hasn’t been able to play much so far this year, but Tuesday, April 11th presented a great opportunity against Whitepine League foe Kendrick.  The Trojans picked up a 9-1 win thanks to Bendel’s exploits at the plate.  Bendel went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.

2. Henry Downey, So, Skyview

Downey swung a big bat in the Hawks’ 14-4 victory over Caldwell in Southern Idaho Conference action on Tuesday, April 11th.  The sophomore went 2-for-2 with two doubles, six RBIs and three runs scored.  Downey drew two walks in his other two plate appearances, and he also stole a base.

3. Laken Wilson, So, Vision Charter

Don’t look know, but the Eagles are 6-1 in their first season of 1A baseball.  And this speedy sophomore is a big reason why.  In a 19-3 Western Idaho Conference victory over Wilder on Tuesday, April 11th, Wilson only went 1-for 4, but boy, did he make the most of it.  Wilson also reached on an error, which led to an overall day of two RBIs and two runs scored. But the main reason Wilson made our list this week is the fact that he finished with four stolen bases.

4. Brock Spencer, Jr, Weiser

Spencer left the yard twice in the Wolverines’ 14-4 win over McCall-Donnelly in Snake River Valley Conference play on Wednesday, April 12th.  Spencer finished 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored.  He also reached base on a Vandals fielding error.

5. Cade Page, Jr, Gooding

The Senators enjoyed a 26-5 dismantling of Wells (Nevada) on Thursday, April 13th at the Glenns Ferry Wood Bat Tournament.  Page went 3-for-4 in the win, with seven RBIs and four runs scored.  Page was also hit by a pitch, and stole a base in the victory.

6. Robert Orloski, Sr, Middleton

Orloski served as the perfect table-setter during the Vikings’ 13-4 win over Borah in Southern Idaho Conference play on Friday, April 14th.  Orloski went 4-for-4 with four runs scored.  He also stole three bags in the win.

7. Bryce Mahlke, Jr, Twin Falls

Mahlke had quite the day on Friday, April 14th, as Twin Falls defeated crosstown rival Canyon Ridge 19-0.  Mahlke was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish, with a home run, a double, seven RBIs and three runs scored.  He added a stolen base for good measure.

8. Carson Schilling, So, Clearwater Valley

The Rams shut out Whitepine League rival Lapwai 20-0 on Friday, April 14th.  In the win, Schilling went 1-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs scored.  How could Schilling score twice if he only had one hit?  Because he drew two walks and stole two bases.

9. Blake Rice, Sr, Bonners Ferry

What a week the Bonners Ferry Badgers enjoyed.  On Friday, April 14th, Bonners Ferry swept district rival Timberlake by scores of 10-7 and 10-8.  The wins gave the Badgers the regular season Intermountain League title, and Rice hit the first of three home runs on the weekend against the Tigers.  Then on Saturday, April 15th, the Badgers swept a non-conference doubleheader with St. Maries by scores of 11-1 and 14-2.  In the second game of the twinbill, Rice was a perfect 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, seven RBIs and three runs scored.

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