2024 CRBL Scheduled Released

The Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) has revealed the 2024 season schedule. Five teams will compete in the North Division and six teams will compete in the South Division. The 110-game season will see each CRBL team play a 20-game schedule starting Sunday, April 28th. The 2024 season will mark the 96th season of league play.

Notable Schedule Dates

  • Sunday, April 28th – Opening Day
  • Sunday, July 7th – CRBL All-Star Game hosted by the Jim Falls Sturgeons at Grudem Field, 2 pm (Hall of Fame Classes of 2024 to be honored)
  • Wednesday, July 31st – Wildcard Wednesday
  • Saturday, August 3rd – Championship Saturday

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

Each team individual 2024 schedule can be found at their team page:

NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change

CRBL Mascots Make Volume One List

The Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) has had over 90 teams in the nearly 100 year league history with various towns and mascots. Team names from the “Saints” to “Needles” and “Sluggers” to Slammers”, the league has had it’s share of unique Mascots.

A local publication, Volume One, recently put together an article of the top five “Awesome” mascots in Western Wisconsin. Well three CRBL teams made the cut!

  • Bloomer Fightin Woodticks (Since 1993) – #1
  • Jim Falls Sturgeons (Since 1965) – #2
  • Beef River Bullfrogs (Since 1996) – #4

Read full article here.

2023 Team & Individual Stat Leaders

CRBL Hitting Leaders

PlayerTeamHABAVG
Tanner HalversonTilden Tigers2546.543
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers2652.500
Gabe RichardsonOsseo Merchants3470.486
Bobby SoranJim Falls Sturgeons3064.469
Blake JohnsonEau Claire Bears2659.441
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants2864.438
Jack BoweChippewa Falls LumberJacks2456.429
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks2561.410
AJ SchemenauerJim Falls Sturgeons2665.400
Joe HallingEau Claire Bears2359.390
PlayerTeamAt-Bats
Caden EricksonEau Claire Cavaliers85
Lance LettnerEau Claire Rivermen73
Gabe RichardsonOsseo Merchants70
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers67
Chad KronCadott Red Sox67
PlayerTeamHits
Gabe RichardsonOsseo Merchants34
Bobby SoranJim Falls Sturgeons30
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants28
Blake JohnsonEau Claire Bears26
AJ SchemenauerJim Falls Sturgeons26
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers26
PlayerTeamDoubles
Caden EricksonEau Claire Cavaliers10
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks10
Gabe RichardsonOsseo Merchants10
Tanner HalversonTilden Tigers9
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants7
AJ SchemenauerJim Falls Sturgeons7
Blake LoegeringEau Claire Rivermen7
PlayerTeamHome Runs
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants8
Tanner HalversonTilden Tigers5
Gabe RichardsonOsseo Merchants5
Ely JohnsonCadott Red Sox4
Jaxon KostkaOsseo Merchants3
Bobby SoranJim Falls Sturgeons3
PlayerTeamRBI’s
Gabe RichardsonOsseo Merchants34
Tanner HalversonTilden Tigers32
Jaxon KostkaOsseo Merchants26
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers21
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants20
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers20
PlayerTeamRuns
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants33
Todd WienkesOsseo Merchants24
Tanner HalversonTilden Tigers22
Tristan HableJim Falls Sturgeons21
Lucas SteinmetzTilden Tigers21
PlayerTeamSB’s
Lance LettnerEau Claire Rivermen13
Chad KronCadott Red Sox9
Nate KentEau Claire Bears8
Gabe O’BrienEau Claire Cavaliers7
Josh GarciaEau Claire Cavaliers7
PlayerTeamBB’s
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks22
Lucas SteinmetzTilden Tigers21
Gabe O’BrienEau Claire Cavaliers17
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants15
Jake VarshoChippewa Falls LumberJacks15
Todd WienkesOsseo Merchants15
TeamHitsAt-BatsAVG
Tilden Tigers214624.343
Osseo Merchants198589.336
Jim Falls Sturgeons174568.306
Chippewa Falls LumberJacks177587.302
Eau Claire Bears172576.299
Cadott Red Sox168595.282
Eau Claire Rivermen171633.270
Eau Claire Cavaliers162619.262
Augusta Athletics143597.240
Bloomer Fighting Woodticks126539.234
Beef River Bullfrogs130576.226

CRBL Pitching Leaders

PitcherTeam ERIPERA (Min 20 IP)
Laidel TorresOsseo Merchants0270.00
Tanner HalversonTilden Tigers0200.00
Luke EideOsseo Merchants7631.00
Lucas CostleyEau Claire Cavaliers853.21.35
Quintin GonzalezEau Claire Bears10571.58
Henry WilkinsonCadott Red Sox11561.77
Joel ZachowEau Claire Bears626.22.03
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants1039.22.27
Blake TripplerChippewa Falls LumberJacks7222.86
Tim AndersonBeef River Bullfrogs926.13.08
PitcherTeamIP’s
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen73
Luke EideOsseo Merchants63
Jesse UrbanekEau Claire Rivermen62.2
JJ BreakerAugusta Athletics59.2
Curtis DachelBloomer Fighting Woodticks59
PitcherTeamW
Luke EideOsseo Merchants8
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen6
Lucas CostleyEau Claire Cavaliers6
Henry WilkinsonCadott Red Sox6
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants5
Quintin GonzalezEau Claire Bears5
PJ LeQuiaTilden Tigers5
Jesse UrbanekEau Claire Rivermen5
PitcherTeamWin % (Min 5 decisions)
Lucas CostleyEau Claire Cavaliers1.000 (W – 6 L – 0
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants1.000 (W – 5 L – 0)
PJ LeQuiaTilden Tigers1.000 (W – 5 L – 0
Luke EideOsseo Merchants.889 (W – 8 L – 1
Henry WilkinsonCadott Red Sox.857 (W – 6 L – 1)
PitcherTeamK’s
Quintin GonzalezEau Claire Bears91
Luke EideOsseo Merchants82
Andrew MilnerEau Claire Cavaliers65
Henry WilkinsonCadott Red Sox63
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants61
PitcherTeamSaves
Peter ThalerJim Falls Sturgeons2
Tyson WoodcockEau Claire Cavaliers2
PitcherTeamShutouts
Luke EideOsseo Merchants3
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants2
Laidel TorresOsseo Merchants2
PitcherTeamK’s/9 IP (Min 20 IP)
Andrew MilnerEau Claire Cavaliers14.51 (65 K/40.1 IP)
Quintin GonzalezEau Claire Bears14.37 (91 K/57 IP)
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants13.84 (61 K/39.2 IP)
Jalen PascalEau Claire Cavaliers13.70 (35 K/23 IP)
Laidel TorresOsseo Merchants12.00 (36 K/27 IP)
TeamER’sIP’sERA
Osseo Merchants401422.54
Eau Claire Bears431482.62
Eau Claire Rivermen591583.36
Tilden Tigers56149.13.38
Eau Claire Cavaliers75161.24.18
Chippewa Falls LumberJacks701414.47
Cadott Red Sox73146.14.49
Augusta Athletics105148.16.37
Jim Falls Sturgeons101138.16.57
Beef River Bullfrogs112144.16.98
Bloomer Fighting Woodticks139137.29.09

Tilden Tigers win the 2023 WBA Title

Congratulations to the Tilden Tigers for winning the 2023 WBA Title with a 7-1 victory over the Everest Merchants.

  • It’s the third overall WBA Title for the Tilden Tigers
  • They won WBA Titles in 1995 and 2004
  • Mike Roiger Memorial Pitching MVP – Tanner Halvorson – Tilden Tigers
  • Burt Ekern Memorial Offensive MVP – Jordan Steinmetz – Tilden Tigers
  • Dick Leonhard Memorial Defensive MVP – Ben Steinmetz – Tilden Tigers

Tilden’s road to the WBA championship.

  • 8/12 – Tilden Tigers 12 / Elmwood Expos 3 (7 innings)
  • 8/13 – Tilden Tigers 13 / Marshfield Chaparrals 0 (7 innings)
  • 8/18 – Tilden Tigers 10 / Hudson River Rats 0 (7 innings)
  • 8/19 – Tilden Tigers 8 / Spooner Cardinals 7 (11 innings)
  • 8/20 – Tilden Tigers 12 / Osseo Merchants 2 (7 innings)
  • 8/20 – Tilden Tigers 7 / Everest Merchants 1

2023 Season Highlights & Milestones

  • Tilden rookie Brady Christianson threw the league’s 67th no-hitter on June 4th in a 5-inning, 14-0 victory over the Beef River Bullfrogs.
  • Alex Byom twirled the 68th no-hitter in CRBL history in Osseo’s 11-0, 5-inning win vs. Bloomer on June 11th. It was Byom’s league record 4th no-hitter.
  • Tyler Gray of the Eau Claire Rivermen spun the 15th shutout of his career on July 23rd in a 7-0 win vs. the Jim Falls Sturgeons. Gray currently ranks 3rd all-time in that category, tied with the Eau Claire Bears’ Chevy Tollefson. The all-time leader in CRBL shutouts is Jim Hoepner with 19.
  • Additionally, with 73 innings, 6 wins, and 9 decisions this season, Gray is now 2nd all-time in wins with 98, 2nd all-time in innings pitched with 1,146.2, as well as 2nd all-time with 157 decisions. The all-time leader in wins is CRBL Hall of Famer Jim Hoepner with 109 while fellow CRBL Hall of Famer Russ Nelson has the most decisions with 219 and the most innings pitched with 1,770.1.
  • With 59 frames this season, Bloomer’s Curtis Dachel moved into 6th place all-time in career innings pitched with 851.1.
  • Osseo’s Laidel Torres did not give up an earned run in 27 innings of work. The single-season ERA record is held by another Osseo pitcher – Jake Peterson – who had an ERA of 0.00 in 29 innings during the 2018 league season.
  • With 8 more long balls this year, Osseo’s Ryan Freitag now has 62 home runs in his outstanding CRBL career. The all-time leader in taters is Tilden legend Randy Baier with 83.
  • In the “rate’ stats area, Freitag is the all-time leader in on base percentage (.551), 2nd all-time in slugging percentage (.737), and 2nd all-time in OPS. (1.288). The all-time leader in slugging percentage is former Augusta Athletic masher Jeremiah Paulson with an .835 mark. Paulson is also the all-time leader in OPS., checking in with a 1.365 total.
  • The Eau Claire Bears’ Todd Lasher had 12 RBI’s this season, giving him 360 over his standout 22-season CRBL career, good for 2nd place all-time. The all-time leader in RBI’s is Bloomer icon Scott Stuckert with 365.
  • Moreover, with 3 doubles in 2023, Lasher also moved into 3rd place all-time in doubles with 90 two-baggers. The clubhouse leader is Niese with 111. (And) with 18 hits and 61 at-bats this season, the Bears’ outfielder is now 4th all-time in both categories, with 474 hits and 1,369 at-bats. The all-time leader in each is the Eau Claire Rivermen’s Andy Niese, who currently has 642 hits and 1,878 at-bats.
  • Longtime Eau Claire Bear Jim Thill had 10 hits this season, putting his career total at 403 and becoming just the 9th hitter in CRBL history to go over the 400-hit barrier.
  • By walking 14 times this season, Niese moved into 2nd place all-time in free passes with 359. The all-time leader is Tilden great Mitch Steinmetz with 374.
  • Eau Claire Rivermen player/manager Andy Niese became the first manager in CRBL history to record 200 managerial wins, with the milestone coming in a 6-2 victory vs. the Jim Falls Sturgeons in the second game of a doubleheader sweep on July 23rd.
  • Niese also has now managed 350 games over his 19 seasons as a player/manager, good for 2nd place all-time. CRBL Hall of Famer Scott Stuckert is the undisputed leader with an incredible 486 game managed over his venerable 27-seasons leading Bloomer.

CRBL Managers Select All-League Players

The Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) managers have voted and selected the 2023 all-league awards.

PositionPlayerTeam
OFTanner Halvorson*Tilden Tigers
OFJaxon KostkaOsseo Merchants
OFJack BoweChippewa Falls LumberJacks
3rd BaseGabe Richardson*Osseo Merchants
ShortstopNolan Hutzler*Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
2nd BaseCaden EricksonEau Claire Cavaliers
1st BaseBlake JohnsonEau Claire Bears
CatcherBobby SoranJim Falls Sturgeons
UtilityPJ LequiaTilden Tigers
DHRyan Freitag*Osseo Merchants
PitcherQuintin GonzalezEau Claire Bears
PitcherLuke Eide*Osseo Merchants
PitcherLucas CostleyEau Claire Cavaliers
*Unanimous Selection
  • Five unaimous selections – Luke Eide, Gabe Richardson, Nolan Hutzler, Tanner Halvorson and Ryan Freitag
  • Among the thirteen individuals selected for 2023 All-CRBL awards, there were nine first time award winners.
  • Two individuals were repeat winners from 2023.
  • The all-time leader in All-CRBL awards is the Eau Claire Rivermen’s Andy Niese with 13.

AwardPlayerTeam
Rookie of the YearHenry WilkinsonCadott Red Sox
MVPTanner HalvorsonTilden Tigers
Jim Hoepner – Pitcher of the Year*Luke EideOsseo Merchants
Jan Krueger – Manager of the YearRick DanielsonCadott Red Sox
Sportsmanship AwardBloomer Woodticks
*Inaugural Year
  • The Jim Falls Sturgeons and Bloomer Fighting Woodticks have the most CRBL Sportsmanship Awards of any team/organization with 10 each.

Honorable Mention All-CRBL

TeamPlayerPosition
Augusta AthleticsJJ BreakerUtility
Beef River BullfrogsWill ThibideauCatcher
Bloomer WoodticksConnor Hicks1st Base
Cadott Red SoxCole BakkumOF
Chippewa Falls LumberJacksJake Varsho2nd Base
Eau Claire BearsJoe HallingCatcher
Eau Claire CavaliersCooper Kapanke1st Base
Eau Claire RivermenBlake Loegering1st Base
Jim Falls SturgeonsAJ SchemenauerUtility
Osseo MerchantsAlex ByomPitcher
Tilden TigersCole ZwiefelhoferDH
  • Of the eleven individuals recognized with an Honorable Mention All-CRBL award, nine were first time selections
  • Tyler Gray’s seven Honorable Mention Awards are the CRBL record.

Gold Glove Awards

TeamPlayerPosition
Augusta AthleticsRyan StunkelCatcher
Beef River BullfrogsTaylor Rathke2nd Base
Bloomer WoodticksTyler PlitnzerCatcher
Cadott Red SoxZach Merritt3rd Base
Chippewa Falls LumberJacksTrevor FranzOF
Eau Claire BearsJoe HallingCatcher
Eau Claire CavaliersXavier BembnisterCF
Eau Claire RivermenLance LettnerCF
Jim Falls SturgeonsTristan HableCF
Osseo MerchantsTodd WienkesCatcher
Tilden TigersDrew SteinmetzSS
  • This is the third season for the CRBL’s Gold Glove Awards.
  • Of the eleven gold glove recipients, seven were first time winners and three were repeat winners.

Nine CRBL Teams Qualify for WBA Tournament

Nine Chippewa River Baseball League teams have qualified for the Wisconsin Baseball Association (WBA) Tournament that begins Aug 11th at five host sites.

  • Bloomer Woodticks
  • Cadott Red Sox
  • Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
  • Eau Claire Bears
  • Eau Claire Cavaliers
  • Eau Claire Rivermen
  • Jim Falls Sturgeons
  • Osseo Merchants
  • Tilden Tigers

See locations and pairings below. Follow score updates at the WBA Facebook Page or WBA website.



  • The first WBA tournament was held in 1949, making 2023 the 75th WBA tournament on record.
  • There were 48 teams associated with the WBA in 2023, all of which are located primarily in the northwestern part of Wisconsin.
  • 9 of the 11 teams in the CRBL made the tournament, a single-season record.
  • There have been nine WBA champions from the CRBL: Thorp Cardinals (1953), Augusta Atheltics (1994), Tilden Tigers (1995 & 2004), Eau Claire Bears (2005, 2008, 2009), Osseo Merchants (2018), and Eau Claire Cavaliers (2009).
  • Six regionals will be held on August 11-13 at the following locations: Augusta, Ellsworth, Hayward, River Falls, and Wisconsin Rapids.
  • Osseo and Tilden will be in Augusta. Chippewa Falls and Jim Falls will be in Hayward. Cadott and the Bears will be in River Falls. The Rivermen and Bloomer will be in Wisconsin Rapids. The Cavs will be in Ellsworth.
  • The finals will be held on August 18-20 at Merchant Park in Osseo and Carson Park in Eau Claire.

CRBL Playoffs Finalized

It took until the last day of regular season, but the Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) playoffs are finalized. The Eau Claire Bears defeated the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks 7-2 in the final game of their season to secure the #4 playoff spot. For the second straight year, the Tilden Tigers garnered the #1 seed and the Osseo Merchants got the #2 seed. The Eau Claire Cavaliers round out the playoff field as the #3 seed.

See playoff bracket below for pairings, dates, times and locations.

  •  This will be Tilden’s league record 39th appearance in the CRBL championship game.
  • Osseo will be making its 7th showing in the title bout.
  • Tilden has won a league record 19 league championships, including the last two. That marked the first time Tilden has won back-to-back CRBL titles since winning three in a row in 1977, 1978, and 1979.
  • In 2022, the Tigers beat Osseo, 12 to 5 at Casper Park in Chippewa Falls. In 2021, Tilden beat the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks 10 to 3, also at Casper Park.
  • The next closest franchise is the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks with 7 CRBL crowns.
  • Osseo has won four CRBL crowns, doing so consecutively in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • Jordan Steinmetz of Tilden was named MVP of last year’s contest.
  • CRBL Hall of Famer Shane Dutton is the only player to win multiple championship game MVP awards, doing so for Augusta in 1998 and 1999. The award has been given annually since 1998.
  • The first championship contest was actually a series, taking place in 1928 when the Eagleton Eagletons beat Eau Claire Union 2 games to 0.
  • Including 2023, this is the 95th season of play in CRBL history. Within that time frame, there have been 11 championship series. This Saturday marks the 60th championship game.
  • The title was Osseo’s 5th overall and first since 2019 when they beat Tilden 12-6 at Osseo.
  • Osseo’s Luke Eide was named game MVP. Luke was the starting and winning pitcher: 7.1 ip, 5 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 5 k.

2023 All-Star Game Recap

Winning Pitcher: Ethan Bartles (1.0, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 ER)
Leading Hitters South: Gabe Richardson (1-2, HR, 2 RBI), Xavier Bembnister (2-2, RBI), Jesse Brockman (1-1, 2B, 3 RBI, R) North: Nolan Hutzler (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Tanner Halvorson (1-2, 3B, R), Nolan Baier (2-3, 2 2B, RBI), Matt Martineau (2-2, R)
Game Notes
  • Jesse Brockman (Osseo Merchants) was named game MVP.
  • This was the 66th CRBL All-Star game. The first was played in 1909 when the Eau Claire Giants beat the Chippewa Valley League All-Stars 1 to 0 at Driving Park in Eau Claire.
  • The South now leads the series 34-16 over the North.

Local media coverage and interviews of Hall of Famers.
– WQOW All-Star Game Recap – Link
– WQOW Hall of Fame Interviews – Link

Results

Team123456789ROutcome
CRBL North All-Stars0210010004Loss
CRBL South All-Stars0002004006Win

Video

Details

DateTime
June 30, 20237:00 pm

Field

Casper Park
1025 W Canal St, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729