Category: 2021 Season

CRBL Season Wrap-Up

Final 2021 CRBL Standings

North Division


South Division


2021 Noteworthy Performances & Milestones


  • There were ten .400+ hitters this year in league play.
  • In his 20th season, the Eau Claire Bears’ Todd Lasher had 12 hits, 3 doubles and notched 15 total bases, moving into 3rd place all time in total bases (733), 6th place all-time in doubles (82), and 7th place all-time in hits (430).
  • Nathan Kent, the unanimous All-CRBL 2nd baseman of the Eau Claire Bears, led the circuit in hitting with a robust .558 average (29/52) as well as in steals with 13 swipes. The last person to lead the CRBL in both those categories in the same season was current league officer and Eau Claire Rivemen Chad Zutter. “Zut” accomplished the feat back in 2001 when he was with the Hallie Eagles, hitting .467 (21/45) with 10 stolen bases.
  • In his 29th season, Eau Claire Rivermen’s Andy Niese became the CRBL’s all-time leader in games played with 522, breaking the previous record of 506 held by Jim Falls legend Keith Pitsch.
  • Niese made his 21st CRBL All-Star game appearance, breaking the all-time mark of 20 All-Star games, held by Bloomer legend and CRBL Hall of Famer Scott Stuckert.
  • Niese also became the first player to cross the 600-hit barrier. With 16 hits this year, the CRBL’s all-time hit leader now has 607 for his career.
  • The league wide batting average dropped from .311 in 2019 to .285 in 2021, a decrease of 8.4%.


  • Osseo’s Luke Eide became the first pitcher since 2002 to capture the pitching triple crown, leading the CRBL in wins (10), strikeouts (99) and ERA (0.95).
  • Eide’s strikeout total is the highest since 2012 when Jim Falls’ Cody Bunkelman struck out 107 CRBL batters.
  • Luke’s 10 wins are the most since Tyler Gray had 10 victories while pitching for the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks in 2010.
  • The last pitcher to win the pitching triple crown was CRBL Hall of Famer Kurt Stellplug, accomplishing his trifecta (7 wins, 81 K’s, 1.36 ERA) in 2002 while also pitching for the Osseo Merchants.
  • Eide also twirled one of this season’s two no-hitters, a 5-inning blitz of Cadott in a 13-0 victory on June 13th. It was the CRBL’s 65th no-hitter in history.
  • Luke’s Osseo teammate, lefty Logan Boettcher went 4 and 0 off the mound, strengthening his grip as the CRBL’s all-time winningest pitcher with an .860 win clip thanks to a sterling career record of 37 and 6.
  • Levi Schaller of the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks threw the CRBL’s lone-no hitter this year, doing so in a 1-0 gem vs. the Tilden Tigers on April 28th. It was the 64 no-hitter in CRBL history.
  • In his 14th CRBL season, Bloomer’s Curtis Dachel led the league with 85.2 innings pitched. Dachel’s herculean total vaulted him in to 11th place all-time in that category with 732. The leader is iron man and CRBL Hall of Famer Russ Nelson with an incredible 1,720.1 innings pitched in CRBL play over his 35 year career.
  • With a 4 and 3 record off the mound in 2021, Eau Claire Bears’ player/manager Chevy Tollefson now has 56 wins in his CRBL career, good for 11th place all-time at the completion of his 13th league season.
  • The Eau Claire Rivermen’s Tyler Gray continues to ascend the CRBL’s all-time pitching rankings. With 2021 marking his 16th CRBL season.
  • Hurling 63.2 innings in 2021, “Tgray” now ranks 3rd all-time in innings pitched with 995.1.
  • Notching 1 shutout, Gray also ranks 3rd all-time with 14 shutouts. The leader is Chippewa Falls great and CRBL Hall of Famer Jim Hoepner with 19.
  • With his 4 wins in 2021, Gray moves in 3rd place in that category as well with 86 career victories. The all-time leader is the aforementioned Jim Hoepner with 109 W’s.
  • The league wide earned run average dropped from 5.13 in 2019 to 5.00 in 2021, a decrease of 2.5%.


  • With 2021 marking his 17th season serving as a player/manager, the Eau Claire Rivermen’s skipper Andy Niese now ranks on the following all-time charts.
  • 2nd all-time in seasons managed – the leader is Scott Stuckert with 27 seasons
  • 2nd all-time in managerial wins with 180. The all-time leader is also Scott Stuckert with 186 victories.

Hitting Statistical Leaders

PlayerTeamHitsAt-BatsAvg. (minimum 40 at-bats)
Nathan KentEau Claire Bears2952.558
Mitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers2553.475
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers2043.465
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers2968.426
Nolan HutzlerChippewa LumberJacks2354.425
Nate HayesChippewa LumberJacks2457.421
Nolan MatsonOsseo Merchants2968.413
Anthony PogodzinskiEau Claire Cavaliers2151.412
Blake JohnsonEau Claire Bears2254.407
Jon SchochTilden Tigers2459.406
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers68
Sawyer SturzEau Claire Rivermen68
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers68
Trent VodrasekWhitehall Wolves67
Scott Hovell Whitehall Wolves 63
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers29
Nathan KentEau Claire Bears29
Nolan MatsonOsseo Merchants26
Nate HayesChippewa Falls LumberJacks24
Corey PoirierBloomer Woodticks24
Jon SchochTilden Tigers24
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers24
Jon SchochTilden Tigers9
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks7
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers7
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen6
Nolan MatsonOsseo Merchants6
Storm StandifordOsseo Merchants6
Josh HallingEau Claire Bears3
Tanner HalversonEau Claire Cavaliers3
Lucas SteinmetzTilden Tigers3
Jesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants2
James DavisEau Claire Rivermen2
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers3
Scott HovellWhitehall Wolves3
Seven players tied with2
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers30
Jon SchochTilden Tigers29
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers24
Mitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers18
Anthony PogodzinskiEau Claire Cavaliers17
PlayerTeamRuns Scored
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers32
Alex RufTilden Tigers25
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants20
Nolan MatsonOsseo Merchants20
Mitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers18
Nathan KentEau Claire Bears18
PlayerTeamStolen Bases
Nathan KentEau Claire Bears13
Dawson MathwigChippewa Falls LumberJacks9
Jimmy SchemenuerChippewa Falls LumberJacks 9
Jaxon VanceEau Claire Cavaliers9
Kole LekvinEau Claire Cavaliers 8
Connor StoikBloomer Woodticks8
Mitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers 8
Jon SchochTilden Tigers19
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers18
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants16
Jesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants14
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks14
Nate PronschinskeWhitehall Wolves14
TeamHitsAt-BatsTeam Avg.
Eau Claire Bears163580.340
Tilden Tigers182543.335
Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks168520.323
Eau Claire Cavaliers176561.314
Osseo Merchants176569.309
Eau Claire Rivermen151539.280
Whitehall Wolves124460.270
Bloomer Woodticks139516.269
Beef River Bullfrogs133523.254
Cadott Red Sox126508.248
Jim Falls Sturgeons129537.240

Pitching Statistical Leaders

PlayerTeamERIPERA (Minimum 20 IP)
Luke EideOsseo Merchants766.10.95
Logan BoettcherOsseo Merchants 3221.27
Levi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks 943.11.87
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers 10461.96
PJ LeQuiaTilden Tigers9342.38
Carter HesselmanEau Claire Cavaliers 827.22.60
Zack ThiesseEau Claire Bears14423.00
Carl KrumenauerTilden Tigers7213.00
Scott HovellWhitehall Woilves15393.46
Chevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears16413.51
Curtis Dachel Bloomer Woodticks 85.2
Luke Eide Osseo Merchants 66.1
Tyler Gray Eau Claire Rivermen 63.2
James Davis Eau Claire Rivermen 52.2
Paul Petit Eau Claire Cavaliers46
Luke Eide Osseo Merchants 10
Curtis Dachel Bloomer Woodticks 9
Scott Hovell Whitehall Wolves6
Paul Petit Eau Claire Cavaliers 6
Levi Schaller Chippewa Falls LumberJacks 5
Zack Thiesse Eau Claire Bears5
PlayerTeam Win % (Minimum 5 decisions)
Luke Eide Osseo Merchants .909 (10-1)
Paul Petit Eau Claire Cavaliers .857 (6-1)
Scott Hovell Whitehall Wolves .750 (6-2)
Levi Schaller Chippewa Falls LumberJacks .714 (5-2)
Zack Thiesse Eau Claire Bears .714 (5-2)
PlayerTeam Strikeouts
Luke EideOsseo Merchants 99
Levi Schaller Chippewa Falls LumberJacks 83
Curtis Dachel Bloomer Woodticks 78
Tyler Gray Eau Claire Rivermen 66
Paul Petit Eau Claire Cavaliers 59
PlayerTeam Saves
Chase Bredl Eau Claire Cavaliers 2
Todd Lasher Eau Claire Bears 2
Ryan Krumenauer Jim Falls Sturgeons 2
Joel Zachow Eau Claire Bears 2
Luke Eide Osseo Merchants 4
Paul Petit Eau Claire Cavaliers 4
PlayerTeam K’s/9 IP (Minimum 20 innings pitched)
Blake Thiesse Eau Claire Bears 18.15 (41K / 20.1 IP)
Levi Schaller Chippewa Falls LumberJacks 17.24 (83 K / 43.1 IP)
Luke Eide Osseo Merchants 13.43 (99 K / 66.1 IP)
Logan Boettcher Osseo Merchants 12.27 (30 K / 22 IP)
Scott Hovell Whitehall Wolves 12.23 (53 K / 39 IP)
Beef River Bullfrogs TeamEarned RunsInnings PitchedTeam ERA
Osseo Merchants30139.21.93
Eau Claire Cavaliers 37141.12.36
Tilden Tigers371242.69
Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks51125.13.66
Eau Claire Bears59135.13.92
Whitehall Wolves73129.25.07
Eau Claire Rivermen 831385.41
Bloomer Woodticks88135.15.85
Jim Falls Sturgeons 102131.26.97
Cadott Red Sox114121.18.46
Beef River Bullfrogs 118125.18.47

CRBL All-League Awards

The CRBL managers have voted and selected the 2021 CRBL All-League awards. The Osseo Merchants were awarded the most All-League selections with five.

PitcherLevi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks
PitcherCurtis DachelBloomer Woodticks
PitcherLuke Eide*Osseo Merchants
CatcherNolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks
1st BaseNate HayesChippewa Falls LumberJacks
2nd BaseNathan Kent*Eau Claire Bears
3rd BaseNolan Baier*Tilden Tigers
ShortstopJesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants
OutfieldJon SchochTilden Tigers
OutfieldJordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers
OutfieldMitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers
UtilityTyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen
DHNolan Matson*Osseo Merchants
MVPLuke EideOsseo Merchants
ROYMitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers
Sportmanship AwardCadott Red Sox
Manager of the YearLuke AndersonOsseo Merchants
*Unanimous Selection
  • Within the thirteen individuals selected for 2021 All-CRBL awards, there were eight first year winners, three repeat winners from 2019, and five individuals who had previously won an All-CRBL award.
  • With his 6th All-CRBL award, the Eau Claire Rivermen’s Tyler Gray is now tied for 15th all-time in that category.
  • The all-time leader in All-CRBL selections is the Eau Claire Rivermen’s Andy Niese with 12.

Honorable Mention All-CRBL

Beef River BullfrogsBrandon JaenkePitcher
Bloomer WoodticksConnor StoikShortstop
Cadott Red SoxZac MerrittShortstop
Chippewa Falls LumberJacksChip BlairDH
Eau Claire BearsBlake JohnsonDH
Eau Claire CavaliersAnthony Pogodzinski1st Base
Eau Claire RivermenJames DavisUtility
Jim Falls SturgeonsRyan KrumenauerUtility
Osseo MerchantsJoe Zawacki1st Base
Tilden TigersCole ZwiefelhoferUtility
Whitehall WolvesJordan HauserCatcher

  • Of the eleven individuals recognized with an Honorable Mention All-CRBL award, eight were first time winners and three were previous winners.
  • Tyler Gray’s six Honorable Mention Awards are a CRBL record.

CRBL Gold Glove Awards

For the first time in CRBL history, the league officers and managers have selected Gold Gloves. This represents each teams best defensive player, regardless of position.

Beef River BullfrogsTaylor Rathke2nd Base
Bloomer WoodticksJake MalinowskiCenter Field
Cadott Red SoxShawn SedlacekLeft Field
Chippewa Falls LumberJacksJake VarshoShortstop
Eau Claire BearsAlex JenkinsCatcher
Eau Claire CavaliersJaxon VanceShortstop
Eau Claire RivermenSawyer SturzShortstop
Jim Falls SturgeonsTristin HableCenter Field
Osseo MerchantsTodd WienkesCatcher
Tilden TigersJordan SteinmetzCenter Field
Whitehall WolvesJordan HauserCatcher

2021 Season Highlights

  • May 2nd – Levi Schaller (Chippewa Falls LumberJacks) tossed a 7-inning no-hitter in 1-0 victory over the Tilden Tigers. (Last Time it Happened – Alex Byom in 2019 versus the Cadott Red Sox in a 10-0, five inning win)
  • May 16th – Levi Schaller (Chippewa Falls LumberJacks) strikes out 18 in 3-2 win over Bloomer Woodticks
  • May 19th – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Casper Park for the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce for the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks in a non-league game against Sparta.
  • June 6th – Carter Hesselman (Eau Claire Cavaliers) tossed a 7-inning one-hitter in a 10-0 win over Beef River Bullfrogs.
  • June 6th – Levi Schaller (Chippewa Falls LumberJacks) threw a 7-inning one-hitter and struck out 21 in a 3-0 win over Jim Falls Sturgeons.
  • June 13th – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) tossed a complete game, shutout in 4-0 win over Chippewa Falls LumbjerJacks.
  • June 13th – Luke Eide (Osseo Merchants) threw a 5-inning no-hitter in 13-0 win over Cadott Red Sox.
  • June 20th – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) tossed a one-hitter and struck out 15 in against Jim Falls Sturgeons.

CRBL League Championship Set

The 2021 CRBL League Championship is set to start with Wildcard Wednesday, August 4th. The #1 seed Eau Claire Cavaliers will play #4 seed Chippewa Falls LumberJacks at Casper Park, while the #2 seed Osseo Merchants will host #3 Tilden Tigers. Both games first pitch is set for 7 pm.

The winners of Wildcard Wednesday will play on Saturday, August 7th at 12:30 pm with the higher seed hosting.

2021 CRBL Championship Game Facts

  • It is the first time these storied franchises have faced each other in the CRBL title bout.
  • The wildcard format was instituted into the CRBL in 2014. Coincidently, this is the first time since 2014 that two wildcard teams will meet in the championship game.
  • Osseo was trying to become the first team since the 1969-73 Tilden Tigers to win five CRBL titles in a row.
  • Osseo has won five division titles in a row (2016-2019, 2021). The Tilden Tigers hold the longest such streak, winning 9 division titles in row from 1974 to 1982.
  • Tilden holds the CRBL record for most league titles with 17 as well as most league championship game appearances with 37.
  • The Lumberjacks are second all-time in league titles with 7 as well as league championship appearances with 11.
  • The Eau Claire Bears have claimed the most wildcard spots with a current total of 6.
  • The first league championship “game” was actually a best out-of-three series that took place in 1928, the second year the CRBL functioned after an unexplained18-year hiatus (there was league play in 1908 and 1909 and then it was absent until 1927). In the 1928 series, the Eagleton Eageltons swept Eau Claire Union, 2 games to 0 games.
  • In the most recent CRBL championship, Osseo prevailed over Tilden, 12 to 6 at Osseo in 2019. Catcher Todd Wienkes of Osseo was named game MVP.
  • The last time the Lumberjacks’ franchise was in the CRBL championship was in 2013 when they lost 1-0 to the Whitehall Wolves at Casper Park.

2021 All-Star Game Recap



Date Time League Season
July 3, 2021 12:30 pm Chippewa River Baseball League 2021


Stuckert Field
1601 4th Ave, Bloomer, WI 54724, USA

Game: 64th Annual All-Star Game

Date: Saturday, July 3rd, 12:30 pm

Location: Stuckert Field in Bloomer

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E

South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 3

North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 10 2

Pitching Summary IP H R ER BB K

(WP) Chevy Tollefson 2 2 1 1 1 2

(LP) Paul Petit 3 1 2 0 1 4

Leading Hitters

(South) Ryan Freitag 1-2, Jim Thill 1-2, Sawyer Sturz 1-2, Josh Halling 1-2

(North) Connor Stoik 2-3, Cole Zwiefelhofer 1-2 (2B), Nate Hayes 1-1, Tristan Hable 2-4 (2B, RBI)

Game Notes

  • In the top of the 10th innings, Jordan Hauser of the Whitehall Wolves scored the go-ahead run from 3rd base on a wild pitch with 2 outs to give the South a 2-1 lead. Implementing MLB extra-inning rules for the first time in CRBL history, each division started the 10th inning with a runner on second base.
  • Hauser started the top of the 10th inning on second base and moved to 3rd base on a sacrifice bunt by the Eau Claire Bear’s Josh Hallings.
  • Right-handed pitcher Tyler Gray of the Eau Claire Rivermen was named game MVP. Gray pitched two scoreless innings of relief (2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HA, 1 BB, 4 K) in the 7th and 8th, working out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the 8th.
  • This was only the third All-Star game in CRBL history to go into extra-innings. The first was in 1951 when the League All-Stars beat the Hamilton Chevrolets 9-8 in 11 innings at the Marshall Playground n Chippewa Falls. The second was in 1967 when the South beat the North 15-13 at Tilden in 10 innings.
  • The 2-1 result was the lowest scoring all-star game since 1909, when the Eau Claire Giants beat the League All-Stars 1-0 at Driving Park in Eau Claire in the first all-star game played in CRBL history.

League All-Star’s Selected

The Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) 2021 all-star’s have been selected by the 11 team managers. The CRBL all-star game will be hosted by the Bloomer Woodticks on July 3rd at Stuckert Field in Bloomer with a 12:30 pm start time.

North All-Star’s

Position Player Team
C Nolan Hutzler Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
1B Nate Hayes Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
2B Kole Lekvin Eau Claire Cavaliers
3B Matt Martineau Chippeaw Falls LumberJacks
SS Connor Stoik Bloomer Woodticks
OF/P Lucas Steinmetz Tilden Tigers
OF Mitch Voller Eau Claire Cavaliers
C Jordan Steinmetz Tilden Tigers
C Noah Lane Bloomer Woodticks
2B Alex Ruf Tilden Tigers
2B Cory Poirer Bloomer Woodticks
OF Jon Schoch Tilden Tigers
OF Cole Zwiefelhofer Tilden Tigers
OF Tristan Hable Jim Falls Sturgeons
DH Tyler Herman Eau Claire Cavaliers
DH Chip Blair Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
DH/P Pete Thaler Jim Falls Sturgeons
P Levi Schaller Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
P Curtis Dachel Bloomer Woodticks
P Paul Petit Eau Claire Cavaliers
P Carter Hesselman Eau Claire Cavaliers
P Karl Kremenauer Tilden Tigers
SS Zac Merritt Cadott Red Sox

The CRBL North team will be coached by Ryan Baier of the Tilden Tigers. Starting line-up to be determined at game time.

South All-Star’s

Position Player Team
C Alex Jenkins Eau Claire Bears
1B Joe Zawacki Osseo Merchants
2B Taylor Rathke Beef River Bullfrogs
3B Scott Hovell Whitehall Wolves
SS Jim Thill Eau Claire Bears
OF Ryan Freitag Osseo Merchants
OF Nolan Matson Osseo Merchants
OF Josh Halling Eau Claire Bears
DH Blake Johnson Eau Claire Bears
EH Max Ferguson Whitehall Wolves
1B Will Petroski Eau Claire Rivermen
2B Matt Miller Eau Claire Bears
SS Sawyer Sturz Eau Claire Rivermen
OF James Davis Eau Claire Rivermen
OF Brady Burzinski Eau Claire Bears
OF Scott Lindenberger Eau Claire Bears
DH Ryan Gray Beef River Bullfrogs
C Andy Niese Eau Claire Rivermen
P Tyler Gray Eau Claire Rivermen
P Blake Theisse Whitehall Wolves
P Luke Eide Osseo Merchants
P Zach Theisse Eau Claire Bears
P Chevy Tollefson Eau Claire Bears
C Jordan Hauser Whitehall Wolves
C Todd Wienkes Osseo Merchants
UT Aaron Hagberg Osseo Merchants

The CRBL South team will be coached by Luke Anderson of the Osseo Merchants. His assistant coaches will be Dave Strauch of the Eau Claire Bears and Andy Niese of the Eau Claire Rivermen.  Starting line-up to be determined at game time.

NOTE: Rosters Subject to Change


  • 64th All-Star game in CRBL History
  • 48th Match-up within the North vs. South format.
  • The South leads the series 31 to 16
  • The North won the last matchup, 6-5 on July 7th in Cadott
  • The last time Bloomer hosted an All-Star game was in 2010 when the South beat the North 6-5.  

CRBL League Apparel Available

The Chipppewa River Baseball League (CRBL) unvieled a new logo in 2019 and has expanded into offering apparel for the 2021 season. Along with SquadLocker, the CRBL offers clothing options in both mens and womens in a variety of styles.

Visit the storefront and pick out some gear to help your support the CRBL.

5% of all sales go directly to the CRBL to help cover annual league costs such as trophies, administrative costs and more.

2021 Team Previews / Rosters

Within all the craziness of 2020, one thing that stuck around was CRBL baseball, and what a good thing it was for the Beef River Bullfrogs.

In Jesse VenRooy’s first year of management, he focused on bringing in guys that would boost an already strong team chemistry. While we are a young team, we made vast improvements at the plate, in the field, and our pitching took a big step forward. The future looks bright in Beef River.

While 2020 was essentially pickup games, 2021 is looking to go back to normal.

In 2021 we are welcoming a majority of our players back with a couple new faces. Our pitching rotation is built of Viterbo Commit Brandon Jaenke, Tim Prince, Ethan Bartels, Zach Berg, and so many up and coming studs.

Beef River will also feature some quality hitters as well including 2B Austin Zimmerman (.423 OBP, 16 H), and DH Ryan Gray (.415 OBP, 10 RBI) and vet backstop Taylor Rathke (12 H, 8 RBI) who caught runners stealing 12 times on 15 attempts over 40 innings behind the dish.

Led by Head Coach Jesse VenRooy and Team Captain Taylor Rathke, both offensively and defensively, this year’s squad looks to give every team it faces a good fight.

Come on out to the beautiful Spangeberg Field in Strum and be a part of the great Beef River Bullfrogs culture and witness a group of guys that love to play the game! GO FROGS!

The 2021 Bloomer Fightin’ Woodticks are looking to continue to improve off a fun and successful non league summer. The ‘Ticks continue to build around their core and add young players from Bloomer hungry to contribute. Come on out to Stuckert Field and support the Bloomer Fightin’ Woodticks!

We also would like to again thank our sponsors who have contributed so much to our team. These local businesses and companies are the reason we are able to play year in and year out. Thanks for the generosity!

ROSTER: Corey Poirier, Sean Hurt, Brent Sarauer, Curtis Dachel, Erik Abrahamson, Tanner Linsmeyer, Matt Schley, Jake Malinowski, Judd Plummer, Leif Iverson, Connor Stoik, Cole Schwab, Ethan Rothbauer, Jackson Simmons, Jack Strand, Jay Ryder, Avery Macik

2020…what a year. The Cadott Red Sox season was thrown for a loop with Covid-19 and the global pandemic. The CRBL season was cancelled and Cadott was forced to play a shortened non league schedule. The Red Sox were able to cram fifteen games into a month and a half time frame. On top of Covid-19 the Red Sox experienced another hurdle in July when a tornado touched down in the middle of Cadott causing damage to the town and baseball field. The backstop, dugouts, batting cage, and surrounding trees were demolished by the tornado.

This forced the team to play the rest of their season on the road at neighboring CRBL fields. The field has been rebuilt and is ready to go in 2021! The Red Sox are anxious to get back to normal and start playing meaningful games again!

Cadott’s roster should look similar to years past with many returning veterans. These veterans include Jake Arneson, Tony Riley, Mike Danielson, Ben Poppe, Eric Bourget, Austin Goettl, Casey Schara, Shawn Sedlacek and Bennett Bowe. One good thing about the 2020 non league season was that it gave some young guys valuable experience playing ball at the CRBL level. Dylan Davis, Nelson Wahl, AJ Schemenauer, and Kaden Thurmond will all return for the Sox this year and should play prominent roles. The quartet pitched more than half of Cadott’s innings last year and did a great job.
The Red Sox would like to thank all of their fans and their outstanding sponsors. Take a second and scroll through our sponsors below. Without you guys the Red Sox would not exist! So let’s get back to normal and play some ball!

Roster: Jake Arneson, Eric Bourget, Bennett Bowe, Brett Bowe, Dusty Burish, Zach Butera, Mike Danielson, Dylan Davis, Ryan Davis, Austin Goettl, Quentin Goettl, Andrew Gunderson, Zac Merritt, Austin Najbrt, Harley Oemig, Teig Pearlberg, Ben Poppe, Tony Riley, Casey Schara, AJ Schemenauer, Shawn Sedlacek, Ethan Tegels, Kaden Thurmond, Nelson Wahl

Manager: Rick Danielson

The 2021 version of the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks will be looking to build on a very successful inaugural 2020 season with most of the team coming back along with some talented new additions. The Jack’s went 12-6 last year in what was a good test as those 18 games were played at a fast and furious pace due to the abbreviated scheduling that was required last Summer.

With-in those games the Jack’s showed a penchant for spectacular defense, solid pitching, and timely hitting. The Jack’s found themselves behind in numerous games and displayed a “never say die” attitude that resulted in numerous late inning victories with some being of the walk-off variety. Highlights included a sound mid-season victory over the 2020 WBA Champions in the River Falls Fighting Fish and a berth in the Semi-Final Game against the Osseo Merchants with a chance to go on to the WBA State Tournament.

With the upcoming season upon us and now that we have “gotten our spike’s wet” our expectations are high but no matter what the outcomes will be the 2021 version of the LumberJack’s will continue to bring along the grit and determination needed to compete at a high level. We have 35 plus games planned in a highly anticipated action-packed schedule and look forward to seeing our supporters coming out to cheer us on. With a full slate of game day promotions and activities planned we know that Casper Park will be the place to be this summer!!

Finally, we could not do all of this without our fine sponsors and we truly appreciate their support and that of the community.

ROSTER: Nolan Hutlzer, Chandler Blair, Luke Franz, Trevor Franz, Dawson Mathwig, Jimmy Schemenauer, Jake Sabaska, Matt Martineau, Dawson Rice, Blake Trippler, Levi Schaller, Sawyer Lubs, Nate Hayes, Riley Fried, Nate Custer, Jake Varsho, Blayde Bowe, Griffin Spindler, Jordan Merrel, Leo Burmeister, Jack Falkner, Terry Shaurette
Manager: Wayne Franz
Player/Coach: Dustin Franz

Amidst a pandemic the bears were able to pull together another successful season in 2020. Although it was all for none during the year the bears saw some meaningful games at the end of the year facing off against some of the teams who remained in a scarce crbl field of teams with many teams forfeiting their chances at a wba state tournament run. The Bears though we’re able to make a 3rd consecutive State Tournament appearance.

Bears fell to two great teams in tough battled games one being the eventual state champions. Bears return their valuable veteran core and with some new additions. The Bears have full expectation of making another title run this year and adding to a long history of success.

ROSTER: Chevy Tollefson, Tom Mewhorter, Alex Jinkins, Blake Johnson, Brady Burzyinski, Corey Fischer, J.R. Lukes, Matt Miller, Zack Theisse, Todd Lasher, Jim Thill, JD Prescher, Joel Zachow, Nathan Dawson, Josh Halling, Scott Lindenberg, Nathan Kent, Ty Fadness, Tyler Oestreich, Jeremy Nicolai, Sam Janni, William Mallett-Brown, Ryan Venne, Kaleb Theisse

Coach: Dave Stauch
Manager: Chevy Tollefson

The Eau Claire Cavaliers is an amateur baseball organization that started in in 1971. The Eau Claire Cavaliers will be celebrating their 50th season at historical Carson Park. The Cavaliers are looking to get back in playing baseball in the Chippewa River Baseball League after not playing in 2020.

The Cavaliers would like to wish all of the teams of the Chippewa River Baseball League the best of luck in the league in 2021. We invite all baseball fans to come to Carson Park for baseball action at its best this summer.

Field Manager Ryan Page enters his first season and will lead the Cavaliers into competition in the Chippewa River Baseball League in 2021.

ROSTER: Cooper Kapanke, Cole Tyman, Ethan Kjellberg
Logan Irvine, Jaelen Williams, Kole Lekvin, Tyler Herman, Cody Cline, Lukas Gobrecht, Elijah Johnson, Tanner Halverson, Carter Hesselman, Anthony Pogodzinski, Mitch Voller, Ryan Page, Gabe O’Brien, Chase Yeager, Jaxon Vance, Kendren Goullo

MANAGER: Ryan Page

During the “Lost Season of 2020”, the Eau Claire Rivermen managed to play 21 non-league games, finishing with a respectable record of 11 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie.

Looking to the 2021 season, the Rivermen will be playing their home CRBL games at Fairfax Field, a nice venue located on the south side of Eau Claire with spacious and ample seating, as well convenient parking.

With the never ending, meandering quest to find dedicated, reliable and mentally stable players, the ‘Men will continue to rely on a good blend of familiar veterans, emerging veterans, and intriguing prospects.

In whatever form the Navy Blue and Grey take in 2021, the Rivermen organization sincerely looks forward to getting back on the diamond to play meaning and competitive baseball games in the storied Chippewa River Baseball League.

Let’s play ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roster: Jake Becker, Michael Beckfield, Ben Boda, Shane Boettcher, Josh Briggs, James Davis, Joel Effertz, Tyler Gray, Dayton Gutsch, Brett Jensen, Alec Johnson, Terry McCann, Andy Niese, Riley Parks, Zach Parr, Will Petrosky, Dave Roubal, Jordan Ruppelt, Micah Sackett, Keith Smasal, Carson Soukup, Hans Soukup, Sawyer Sturz, Jesse Urbanek, Tim Wilson, Chad Zutter

Manager: Andy Niese

After a promising finish to the 2019 campaign, Jim Falls embarked on 2020 with hopes of…a season. Unfortunately, that season could only be enjoyed by the likes of the great auk, the passenger pigeon, the wooly mammoth, and the dodo bird. While the pandemic continues to keep things uncertain, the team and the entire CRBL anticipate a more lively go of things in 2021.

There will be changes. Foremost, in order to minimize dates, the Sturgeons will play all their league games as doubleheaders, giving them five home dates. We will be asking our fans to observe all county protocols and to observe signage at Sturgeon Stadium for the safety of all. We do plan to safely reopen our world famous (It’s a small world.) concession stand for those games, and we will have some special events along with the customary fabulous prizes for our more fortunate fans.

Peter Thaler may consider last year as a managerial internship after taking over from Nick Pitsch who was promoted to the Kuwait Sturgeons in 2020. Nick will be back to support Pete as the latter pilots Jim Falls through a real schedule.

With no official statistics from a 2020 set of exhibition games, we will point out some unofficial ones. Leading hitters among expected returners included Kole Smith at .379, Ryan Krumenauer (.370), Tristin Hable (.300), and Jake Eslinger (.294). On the mound, Isaac Lindstrom impressed with a 1.80 ERA, while Thaler chipped in at 4.07 and Hable recorded 4.50. Meanwhile, Beau Sweitzer fanned 14 batters in. 11.1 innings.

Looking back at numbers for returnees from 2019, we find Hable leading the way at the plate at .400 followed by veteran Bob Maurer averaging .345. Sweitzer’s 30 Ks in 26.1 innings top returning pitcher’s stats.

Grudem field will boast beautiful new dugouts thanks to to Eagle Scout project of Joe Luther, along with the help of a platoon of volunteers representing Troop 120 and financed by donations in the memories of CRBL Hall-of-Famers Roger “Duke” Bergeron and Dave Hepfler. The entire Sturgeon family cannot say Thank You enough for the contributions and efforts of all.

Finally, in the words of The Who in the rock opera Tommy, we’ve “got a feeling ’21 is gonna be a good year.” We invite you to join us in it.

ROSTER: Tyrel Bates, Cole Bowe, Jake Eslinger, Eli Hable, Tristin Hable, Mitch Howard, Will Jacobson, Ravin Keyeski, Wyatt Keyeski, Anthony Koslowski, Ryan Krumenauer, Isaac Lindstrom, Hunter Martell, Bob Maurer. Nick Pitsch, Hunter Sillman, Kole Smith, Beau Sweitzer, Austin Sykora, Peter Thaler, Justin Toman, Barron Tucci

Peter Thaler (Manager)

The 2021 season brings excitement and optimism to Osseo and the entire league. The 4-time reigning CRBL champs are ready to defend our title. There aren’t many changes to a veteran roster led by a core of players that have been together for roughly 10 seasons. In order to have a regular season, teams and fans alike are going to have to be mindful of some guidelines at the ballfield. Social distancing, hand sanitizing, masks, and just plain common sense will increase the chance of an uninterrupted season. The Merchants would like to extend gratitude to all the businesses in the area who have made our team and park possible. See you at the field.

ROSTER: Reese Vold, Matt Vold, Ryan Freitag, Aaron Hagberg, Jaxon Kostka, Todd Wienkes, Logan Matson, Jimi Zawacki, Joe Jawacki, Logan Boettcher, Andrew Christopherson, Jesse Brockman, Dakota Clouse, Neal Matson, Luke Eide, Brandt Freitag, Preston Gamroth, Jackson Johnson, Storm Standiford, Nolan Matson, Sawyer Bee, Jake Peterson, Joey Kinderman, Cal Freitag

Manager: Luke Anderson
Coaches: Brad (Hardbody) Hong, Corey (Dale) Hestekin

2020 was a such a disappointment for the entire CRBL. With the uncertainty of the world wide pandemic and the dangers Covid-19 brought, the Tilden Tigers decided to tread lightly on how they approached the unsanctioned season. With all of the pain and agony that 2020 brought the world, we are excited to be in the year 2021. We are primed and ready to compete in the CRBL this upcoming summer.

The veteran roster will look very familiar from years past with a few new faces making their debuts. We want to thank the CRBL and the league officers who have worked so hard. Without the thankless hours put in, we would not be able to have a season for as second year in a row. We are looking forward to seeing all of our fans out at Casper Park. The smell of spring and summer is in the air and we cannot wait any longer. Go Tigers!

Roster: Nolan Baier, Austin Lemay, Cole Zwiefelhofer, Alex Ruf, Ben King, Dane Weiland, Drew Steinmetz, Jordan Steinmetz, Lucas Steinmetz, Justin Ignarski, PJ Lequia, Carl Krumenauer, Jon Schoch, Sam Sorenson, Kevin Christorf, Jeremy Bremness, Couper Fosvick, Justin Martell, Mitch LaVelle

Manager: Ryan Baier

After taking the 2020 season off due to covid concerns, the Whitehall Wolves are anxious to play baseball once again.

The Wolves will once again rely on pitching and defense as their strength. The pitching staff will once again be led by the strong arms of our veterans Alex Byom, Scott Hovell, Troy Sharp, and Zak Pronschinske. Young pitchers Blake Theisse, Jon Cieminski, and Isaac Marley look to give the Wolves quality innings this year.

The defense behind these pitchers is led by our veterans Scott Hovell, Nate Pronschinske, and Kyle Servais. Brett Lettner will be our shortstop once again this year. Newcomers Parker Windjue and Trace Bjorge will be looking to give us some depth in the infield as well. The Wolves speedy outfield is led by centerfielder Trent Vondrasek, left fielder Alex Byom, and right fielder Sam Schweisthal. Carter Halverson, Isaac Marley, and newcomer Brock Haines will give us needed depth in the outfield this year. Jordan Hauser, rookie of the year in the CRBL two seasons ago, and veteran Max Ferguson will handle the catching duties. They are a big part of holding down an opposing team’s running game.

You need to score runs to win titles. In the offensive department, the Wolves are led by Nate Pronschinske, Jordan Hauser, Scott Hovell, Trent Vondrasek, Kyle Servais, Max Ferguson, Alex Byom, Sam Schweisthal, Sam Hirschbaeck, and Zak Pronschinske. The Wolves will be playing a tough 25 game schedule this year so all players on the roster will have opportunities to contribute.

The Whitehall Wolves would like to thank our sponsor Dave Pientok of Tri-City Sanitation and the entire Whitehall community for their support of Wolves baseball. We would also like to thank Tom & Connie from Newcomb Valley Inn for hosting and supporting our annual fundraiser each year. Finally, we would like to thank Mary Little and Butch Halama for their tremendous coverage of Wolves’ baseball. These guys cover nearly every Wolves’ game no matter where we play. We hope to see you at the park this summer for some exciting Chippewa River Baseball League games.

ROSTER: Troy Sharpe, Trent Vondrasek, Alex Byom, Blake Thiesse, Nate Pronschinske, Brock Haines, Kyle Servais, Scott Hovell, Sam Schweisthal, Zak Pronschinske, Max Ferguson, Jordan Hauser, Parker Windjue, Sam Hirschbaeck, Nate Breska, Tim Rohn, Jon Cieminski, Isaac Marley, Brett Lettner

MANAGER: Louie Ferguson

2021 CRBL Season Preview

Amidst the historical COVID-19 pandemic, the CRBL did not have a league season for the first time since 1945. Opening day was slated for April 25 and then pushed back to June 7. With concerns over COVID at the forefront, early June arrived, only to see opening day postponed once again, this time to July 8. Within that postponement, the Eau Claire Cavaliers and Whitehall Wolves announced they would not be participating in the 2020 season. On the night of July 7, due to a positive infection of one player and multiple exposures, the painful decision was made to cancel or “to not sanction” league play for 2020. Further contributing to the decision was the CRBL’s inability to formulate a coordinated, cooperative and informed organizational plan with considerations for social guidelines and field usage stipulations. Moreover, on July 10, there was yet another confirmed case of COVID-19 on a second CRBL team.

With nine of the CRBL’s eleven teams choosing to play non-league games throughout June and July, the WBA tournament loomed on the August horizon. Due to the pandemic, the WBA earlier had announced a modified 12 team state tournament, one that would involve pool play formulated by two representatives from each of the WBA’s six affiliated leagues.

With no sanctioned league season, it was decided by the CRBL managers to hold a “WBA Qualifying Tournament” in order to determine the CRBL’s two state qualifying teams. Hesitant to oversee the event stemming from the disjointed approach to handling the pandemic, league officers decided to not organize the event. Additionally, the Cadott Red Sox and Eau Claire Rivemen opted out, meaning seven teams were left to play: the Beef River Bullfrogs, Bloomer Fighting Woodticks, Chippewa Falls LumberJacks, Eau Claire Bears, Jim Falls Sturgeons, Osseo Merchants, and Tilden Tigers.

After the tournament format was set, Tilden announced they would not be able to participate, resulting in a forfeit win for their first round opponent, the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks. With Tilden and four other league teams now not playing in the WBA Qualifying Tournament, the Eau Claire Bears opportunistically added available players from the Eau Claire Cavaliers, Eau Claire Rivermen and Tilden Tigers. In addition to the Cadott Red Sox and Whitehall Wolves, players from those five “opting out” teams technically had not played in the WBA Qualifying tournament, which was not sanctioned by the CRBL. Therefore, players from those five organizations were viewed as free agents, available for any team to grab. Sound convoluted and confusing? Yep, indeed it was.

The results from the WBA Qualifying Tournament, held on August 8th and 9th, 2020 were as follows:


Beef River Bullfrogs 2, Bloomer Fighting Woodticks 1 at Bloomer

Eau Claire Bears 11, Jim Falls Sturgeons 1 (7 innings) at Jim Falls

Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks over Tilden Tigers by forfeit

Osseo Merchants received a bye


Eau Claire Bears 11, Beef River 1 (8 innings) at Bloomer

Osseo Merchants 11, Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks 2 at Osseo

With the Bears and the Merchants emerging from the fracas, the WBA subsequently ruled that all Tilden players who had played for the Bears in the CRBL’s non-sanctioned WBA Qualifying Tournament would not be eligible to play in the upcoming WBA tournament, which was admirably hosted by the Spooner Cardinals on August 14th-16th. Stemming from that decision, what predictably ensued over the next several days was an embarrassing display of unproductive finger pointing, bickering and short-sighted posturing between the involved CRBL managers and WBA officials, all of it taking place in the public’s eye across the forums of social media, print media, and broadcast media. The end result was that the WBA did not reverse their decision, the Tilden players were unable to suite up for the WBA tournament, and the long-cultivated image of the CRBL as a respected and well-run amateur baseball league was unnecessarily damaged.

At Spooner, the Bears lost their two games in pool play (5-3 to River Falls and 3-2 to Everest), while Osseo split their two contests (beating Glidden 4-2 and losing to Hayward 4-0). Neither CRBL squad advanced to the Final 8.

Thus, the unforgettable season that many wish they could completely forget was concluded. Hopefully, history will illustrate that all involved with the CRBL throughout this five-month dumpster fire were successfully able to move forward and intelligently set aside their own self-interests and disorganization in order to functionally get the CRBL back on the diamond.

2021 Hall of Fame Class Selected

Four players have been selected to enter the Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) Hall of Fame from 30 active candidates. As in the past, the formal introduction and ceremony will take place during the CRBL all-star game on July 3rd at Stuckert Field in Bloomer.

After the 2021 induction, the CRBL will have 81 members of their Hall of Fame.

John Huth

During a highly accomplished amateur baseball career that encompassed over 30 seasons across five decades, Jon Huth spent nine of those seasons with the Eau Claire Bears, securing his place as one of the truly elite power pitchers in CRBL history. A former professional pitcher, Huth was a 31st round draft pick of the Texas Rangers, spending a season in rookie ball with the Rangers in his draft year of 1988 and then a season at the mid-A level with the Kansas City Royals in 1989.
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Paul Pehler

A hustling, high energy ball player during his nine seasons in the CBRL, Paul Pehler was also a dedicated manager and relentless advocate for the Wolves of Whitehall. Under his guidance, Whitehall was transformed from an organization struggling to survive into one of the most vaunted and highly successful amateur teams in the CRBL and across northwest Wisconsin.
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Eddie Atkinson

Over a career of service that touched four decades and exceeded 30 years, Eddie Atkinson became an iconic and recognizable figure for the Sturgeons of Jim Falls. Despite never having played one inning for the Big Fish, Eddie rose to CRBL prominence through his dedicated and sincere work as the scorekeeper for the Sturgeons.
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Scott Stuckert

Throughout his 35 seasons in the CRBL, Scott Stuckert approached the game of baseball with an observably high level of dedication, respect and enjoyment. His likable and personable nature often overshadowed the fact that “Stuck” was an awesome baseball player, definitively one of the best to ever take the diamond in CRBL history.
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2021 Candidates

John Bjork – Outfielder

Augusta Athletics 1989-95

Hank Ash – Pitcher

Cornell Mill Gang 1935-36; Cornell Hawks 1952-53; Lake Hallie Lakers 1954

Eddie Atkinson – Scorekeeper

Jim Falls Sturgeons 1980-2014

Todd Bohl – Pitcher

Bloomer Merchants 1983-88

Tom Drehmel – Outfielder

Fall Creek Mets 1967, 73; Lafayette Lakers 1968-73; Cadott Red Sox 1974-80

Reggie Franz – Pitcher, Utility

Cooks Valley Hayshakers 1981-82; Tilden Tigers 1983-88, 91-93; Hallie Eagles 1989; Beef River Bullfrogs 1996, 1999

Terry Hartman – Shortstop, 3rd Baseman

Jim Falls Sturgeons 1969-77

Jon Huth – Pitcher

Eau Claire Bears 2005-13

Brian Jacobson – Catcher

Lafayette Indians 1987-88; Eau Claire Pioneers 1989; Lafayette Lakers 1990-95

P.J. Johnson – Catcher

Eau Claire Pioneers 1990-91; Augusta Athletics 1992-95; Hallie Eagles 1996-98

Dan Julson – Shortstop

Hallie Eagles 1994-99; Osseo Merchants 2004

George Lee – Pitcher

Northern Colony Colonists 1932-38, 40

Gerald Nelson – Outfielder

Jim Falls Saints 1971-73, 1976-81, 83

Mike Pearson – 3rd Baseman

Eau Claire Pioneers 1986; Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks 1987-92; Tilden Tigers 1998

Paul Pehler – Outfielder / Manager

Whitehall Wolves 2005-12; Manager 2007-12

Ron Poquette – Pitcher

Eau Claire Yard 4 Comets 1963-65; Eau Claire Twin City Sports 1966-68

Jerry Prince – 3rd Baseman, Shortstop

Tilden Tigers 1948-52, 59, 65: Hamilton Chevrolets 1954-57; Chippewa Falls Triangle Sports 1958-59, 61; Tilden Terrors 1960, 62

Tom Reiter – 1st Baseman

Jim Falls Dairymen 1956, 58-60; Nosal ‘66’ (Jim Falls) 1957; Jim Falls Cadets 1961-64; Jim Falls Sturgeons 1965-69

Rich Rosenow – Pitcher

Lafayette Indians 1971-76

Adam Rothenbuhler – Pitcher, Designated Hitter

Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks 2005; Beef River Bullfrogs 2009-11

Gary Rykal – Catcher

Cadott Red Sox 1961, 1965-78

Bernie Seichter – Catcher

Boyd Bees 1953-54; Lake Hallie Lakers 1955-57

Scott Stuckert – Infielder / Player/Manager

Bloomer Merchants 1982-92; Bloomer Fighting Woodticks 1993-2016; Player/Manager – Bloomer Merchants 1990-92; Bloomer Fighting Woodticks 1993-2016

Jim Spaeth – Shortstop

Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks 1983-94

Gene Vavra – Catcher

Lafayette Braves 1956-70

Marty Webster – Pitcher

Cornell Merchants 1950; Cornell Hawks 1956-57, 60

Bob Wolfe – Outfielder, 3rd Baseman

Lafayette Braves 1953-59

Dennis Zech – Infielder

Lafayette Lakers 1981-93

Jeff Zwiefelhofer – 1st Baseman

Cooks Valley Hayshakers 1977; Tilden Tigers 1979-87

Todd Zwiefelhofer – Pitcher, Infielder

Tilden Tigers 1991-97

30 active candidates

The 2020 Hall of Fame class will be honored alongside of the 2021 class.