Month: January 2020

2020 CRBL Schedule Released

The 2020 season marks the 92nd season of play in the Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL). With the Augusta Athletics and Stanley Slammers folding after the 2019 season and the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks re-entering into the league, an odd number (11) of teams will occupy the standings. Six teams will compete for the North Division and five teams will compete in the South Division.

Each league team will play 20 games throughout their 2020 schedule for a total of 110 games.

Noteable Schedule Dates

  • Season Opener – Saturday, April 25th, Jim Falls Sturgeons at Bloomer Woodticks
  • Billy Noss Memorial Day Game – (Non-League Game) – Monday, May 25th – Eau Claire Bears vs. Eau Claire Cavaliers
  • Jon Soiney Memorial Field Tripleheader (Osseo, WI) – Saturday, July 11th
    • Eau Claire Rivermen vs. Whitehall Wolves – 1pm
    • Beef River Bullfrogs vs. Osseo Merchants – 4pm
    • Eau Claire Cavaliers vs. Eau Claire Bears – 7 pm
  • All-Star Game – Sunday, July 5th hosted by the Eau Claire Cavaliers at Cinder City Park in Altoona.
  • Wildcard Wednesday – July 29th hosted at the winner of the North and South Divisions
  • Championship Saturday – August 1st hosted by the highest remaining seed

All weekday games begin at 7 pm (unless otherwise noted). All weekend games begin at 12:30 pm (unless otherwise noted). Follow all season long for scores, standings and schedule changes.

Each teams individual schedule can be found at their team page:

Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Rejoin the CRBL

The Chipppewa Falls Lumbjerjacks have rejoined the Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) and will participate in the North Division for the 2020 season.

We are very excited to bring back the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks to the CRBL and the opportunity to offer additional options for players and fans to participate and support local baseball.  We are honored to be included in an amateur baseball league with such great tradition and our players are looking forward to competing against the high level of competition that the CRBL offers. 

Wayne Franz – Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Organizer and Manager

Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Logo from

The Chippewa Falls LumberJacks competed in the CRBL from 1983 to 2016.  During that 34 year run, they became one of the most successful and respected amateur baseball teams in the CRBL and across northwest Wisconsin.  As someone who played for Chippewa Falls from 1998 through 2016 and filled the responsibility of player/manager from 2006 through 2016, I’m very glad to see the organization return.  

Andy Niese – Former LumberJack Manager and current Manager of the Eau Claire Rivermen

Chippewa Falls was home to the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks from 1983 to 2016. The LumberJacks team was shifted to Eau Claire and became the Eau Claire Rivermen in 2017.

Wayne Franz has invested legitimate time and resources in to making this happen, and he should be commended for starting a new chapter in the proud history of the LumberJacks as well as that of the CRBL.

Andy Niese – Former LumberJack Manager and current Manager of the Eau Claire Rivermen

Chippewa Falls LumberJacks New Logo for the 2020 Season.

For our fans and supporters they can expect competitive  baseball and many fun events and promotions during the 2020 season so come on out to the ballpark to cheer on the LumberJacks!

Wayne Franz – Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Organizer and Manager

LumberJacks Mission Statement: To promote and support an amateur men’s baseball team in Chippewa Falls, WI and to offer the local community a chance to enjoy amateur baseball close to home.

Stanley Slammers Fold

The Stanley Slammers have folded and will not compete in the Chipppewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) for the 2020 season. The Slammers entered the CRBL in 2012 season under the direction of manager Brandon Geist. During his tenure the slammers were 59-117 and qualified for the Wisconsin Baseball Association (WBA) tournament three times.

Randy Gustafson was the first person I approached when attempting to bring baseball back to Stanley.

Brandon Geist managed the Stanley Slammers for their entirety

The Slammers most successful season came in 2015 when they finished 11-11 and qualifed for the WBA.

Brian Smasal is the number one guy I want to thank. He did a lot for the team and was essentially Mr. Slammer. We did fundraisers to help operate our team and had a lot of support from sponsors and fans. Hopefully it’s not the end for Stanley.

Brandon Geist managed the Stanley Slammers for their entirety

Slammers existed from 2012-2019

A former Stanley team, the Stanley Loggers, occupied the CRBL standings from 1999-2004.

Keith Smasals two grand slams against Cadott in Stanley on fan appreciation night, Randy Gustafson beating Tilden on a game ending triple play and Jeff Trunkel’s walkoff hit against Jim Falls are some of my most memorable moments as Manager of the Slammers.

Brandy Geist managed the Stanley Slammers for their entirety