Category: 2022 Season

CRBL Season Review

Final 2022 CRBL Standings

CRBL League Standings

PosTeamWLPctGBRSRADiffHomeRoadL10Strk
11620.889013839998-0-08-2-010-0-0W11
21530.833112123988-2-07-1-08-2-0L1
31350.722311172397-3-06-2-06-4-0W2
41260.667410358450-0-012-6-08-2-0W3
51080.556612982476-4-04-4-06-4-0L1
6990.500770109-397-9-02-0-04-6-0L1
78100.44481019837-10-01-0-04-6-0W1
83150.1671351130-792-5-01-10-02-8-0L4
83150.1671350180-1303-7-00-8-02-8-0L5
101170.0561544127-830-2-01-15-00-10-0L17
*For the 2022 season, divisions were eliminated*

2022 CRBL Championship

Jordan Steinmetz was named game MVP, becoming the 5th Tilden player to win the award since it was instituted in 1998.


2022 Noteworthy Performances & Milestones

Hitting

  • Jim Thill of the Eau Claire Bears became the CRBL’s all-time leader in triples. For the 2022 season, he hit 2 triples, giving him 15 for over his 22-year career. The all-time triples leaders had been Hall of Famer Roger Bergeron and long-time Bear, Brian Menard.
  • Matt Miller of the Eau Claire Bears became the CRBL’s all-time leader in steals with 147. His 3 stolen bases on the year broke a tie of 144 with former Whitehall great Tyler Manley.
  • With 16 RBI’s in 2022, Todd Lasher of the Eau Claire Bears moved into second place all-time with 348. The all-time RBI leader is Hall of Famer Scott Stuckert with 365.
  • With 8 runs scored, Andy Niese of the Eau Claire Rivermen moved into second place all-time with 422. The all-time leader in runs scored is future Hall of Famer Chuck Hall with 448.
  • On Sunday, July 24th at Cadott, Osseo’s Brandt and Ryan Freitag each hit two home runs in the Merchant’s 14-1 victory over the Cadott Red Sox. In doing so, they became the first father-son combo to hit multiple home runs in the same CRBL game.

Pitching

  • The Eau Claire Rivermen’s Tyler Gray hurled 78.1 innings this season, leading the CRBL and becoming the third pitcher in league history to go over 1,000 innings for a career. Tyler now has 1,073.2 innings over his outstanding 17-year reign. The all-time leader is Hall of Fame Iron Man Russ Nelson, who logged 1,770.1 innings over his 35-seasons of play.
  • Additionally, Tyler led the CRBL with 81 strikeouts while also becoming the third pitcher in CRBL history to over 1,000 punch-outs. Over his career, Tyler now has 1,057 K’s. The all-time leader is the aforementioned Russ Nelson with 1,163.
  • Osseo’s Luke Eide notched a no-hitter on July 24th during the Merchants 7-inning, 14-1 victory over the Cadott Red Sox at Cadott. It was the 66th no-hitter in CRBL history and 2nd of Eide’s 8-season career.

Managerial

  • Eau Claire Rivermen player/manager Andy Niese became the CRBL’s all-time leader in managerial wins with 187, breaking the former mark of 186 held by Hall of Fame and Augusta legend Jan Krueger. With the Rivermen’s 8 wins in 2022, Niese now has 188 on his CRBL career.
  • Niese also has now managed 330 games over is 18 seasons as a player/manager, good for 2nd place all-time. CRBL Hall of Famer Scott Stuckert is the clubhouse leader with an incredible 486 game managed over his venerable 27-seasons leading Bloomer.

Hitting Statistical Leaders

PlayerTeamHABAVG. (min 44 AB’s)
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers2746.587
Cooper KapankeEau Claire Cavaliers2146.457
Todd LasherEau Claire Bears2657.456
Drew SteinmetzTilden Tigers1944.432
Andy NieseEau Claire Rivermen2149.429
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants2359.390
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks2359.390
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks2361.377
Lance LettnerEau Claire Rivermen2157.368
Matt MillerEau Claire Bears1952.365
PlayerTeamAt-Bats
Jim ThillEau Claire Bears62
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers61
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks61
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants59
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks59
Corey PoirerBloomer Woodticks58
PlayerTeamHits
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers27
Todd LasherEau Claire Bears26
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants23
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks23
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks23
Cooper KapankeEau Claire Cavaliers21
Andy NieseEau Claire Rivermen21
Lance LettnerEau Claire Rivermen21
PlayerTeamDoubles
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants6
Noah HansonTilden Tigers6
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks6
Todd LasherEau Claire Bears5
Nolan MatsonOsseo Merchants5
Brendan McCabeBeef River Bullfrogs5
Jon SchochTilden Tigers5
Jack ShirpkeEau Claire Bears5
PlayerTeamTriples
Lucas SteinmetzTilden Tigers2
Jim ThillEau Claire Bears2
PlayerTeamHome Runs
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants3
Brandt FreitagOsseo Merchants2
Nate HayesEau Claire Bears2
Alec JohnsonEau Claire Rivermen2
Austin LeMayTilden Tigers2
Jon SchochTilden Tigers2
Carson WindeshausenEau Claire Rivermen2
PlayerTeamRBI’s
Jon SchochTilden Tigers22
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants17
Todd LasherEau Claire Bears16
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers15
Ben SteinmetzTilden Tigers14
Carson WindeshausenEau Claire Rivermen14
PlayerTeamRuns Scored
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers21
Ben SteinmetzTilden Tigers20
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers18
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants16
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks16
Drew SteinmetzTilden Tigers16
PlayerTeamStolen Bases
Tristan HableJim Falls Sturgeons15
Nate KentEau Claire Bears13
Lance LettnerEau Claire Rivermen9
Chad KronCadott Red Sox8
Caden EricksonEau Claire Cavaliers7
Conor O’ReillyEau Claire Cavaliers6
PlayerTeamWalks
Todd WienkesOsseo Merchants17
Nate KentEau Claire Bears14
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks14
Andy NieseEau Claire Rivermen14
Nate HayesChippewa Falls LumberJacks13

2022 CRBL Team Hitting Statistics

TeamHitsAt-BatsTeam Avg
Tilden Tigers176540.326
Eau Claire Bears181581.312
Eau Claire Cavaliers171551.310
Eau Claire Rivermen158542.292
Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks158551.287
Osseo Merchants150543.276
Cadott Red Sox115481.239
Jim Falls Sturgeons121511.237
Beef River Bullfrogs112499.224
Bloomer Woodticks107500.214
League Totals1,4495,299.273

Pitching Statistical Leaders

PlayerTeamERIPERA (min 18 IP’s)
Luke EideOsseo Merchants2500.36
Zach ThiesseOsseo Merchants229.10.61
PJ LeQuiaTilden Tigers446.10.78
Lucas CostleyEau Claire Cavaliers5381.18
Joel ZachowEau Claire Bears843.11.66
Chevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears1149.12.01
Noah HansonTilden Tigers728.22.20
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants1144.12.23
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen2378.12.64
Will JacobsonJim Falls Sturgeons1752.12.92
PlayerTeamIP
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen78.1
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks63.2
Alex SchmidtCadott Red Sox56
Will JacobsonJim Falls Sturgeons52.1
Luke EideOsseo Merchants50.0
PlayerTeamWins
PJ LeQuiaTilden Tigers7
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen6
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants5
Luke EideOsseo Merchants5
Zach ThiesseOsseo Merchants5
Chevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears5
Dylan WatersChippewa Falls Lumberjacks5
PlayerTeamWin % (mim 5 decisions)
PJ LeQuiaTilden Tigers1.000 (W- 7 L- 0)
Zach ThiesseOsseo Merchants1.000 (W- 5 L- 0)
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants.833 (W- 5 L- 1
Dylan WatersChippewa Falls Lumberjacks.833 (W- 5 L- 1
Luke EideOsseo Merchants.714 (W- 5 L- 2)
Chevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears.714 (W- 5 L- 2)
PlayerTeamStrikeouts
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen81
Luke EideOsseo Merchants74
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants58
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks57
Joel ZachowEau Claire Bears46
PlayerTeamSaves
Jesse UrbanekEau Claire Rivermen2
Ten pitchers tied with1
PlayerTeamShutouts
Luke EideOsseo Merchants3
Chevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears2
Dylan WatersChippewa Falls Lumberjacks2
Joel ZachowEau Claire Bears2
PlayerTeamK’s/9 IP (min 18 IP’s)
Luke EideOsseo Merchants13.32 (74 K/50 IP)
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants11.78 (58 K/44.1 IP)
Jesse UrbanekEau Claire Rivermen11.17 (24 K/19.1 IP)
Lucas CostleyEau Claire Cavaliers9.71 (41 K/38 IP)
Joel ZachowEau Claire Bears9.55 (46 K/43.1 IP)
TeamEarned RunsInnings PitchedTeam ERA
Osseo Merchants161361.06
Tilden Tigers301312.06
Eau Claire Bears391392.53
Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks47134.23.14
Eau Claire Cavaliers52127.23.67
Jim Falls Sturgeons661304.57
Eau Claire Rivermen73136.24.81
Bloomer Woodticks81134.15.43
Beef River Bullfrogs89126.26.32
Cadott Red Sox118120.18.83
League Totals6111,313.14.18

All-League Selections

The Tilden Tigers led the 2022 Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) all-league selections with four all-league selections.

PositionPlayerTeam
OFJordan Steinmetz*Tilden Tigers
OFTodd LasherEau Claire Bears
OFLance LetterEau Claire Rivermen
3rd BaseZach MerritCadott Red Sox
ShortstopDrew SteinmetzTilden Tigers
2nd BaseMatt Martineau*Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
1st BaseCooper KapankeEau Claire Cavaliers
CatcherTodd WienkesOsseo Merchants
UtilityNoah HansonTilden Tigers
DHAndy NieseEau Claire Rivermen
PitcherLuke EideOsseo Merchants
PitcherPJ LeQuia*Tilden Tigers
PitcherJoel ZachowEau Claire Bears
*Unanimous Selection
  • Within the thirteen individuals selected for 2022 All-CRBL awards, there were eight first time award winners.
  • There were three unanimous selections – PJ LeQuia, Matt Martineau and Jordan Steinmetz.
  • Two individuals were repeat winners from 2021 – Luke Eide and Jordan Steinmetz.
  • With nine selections, Todd Lasher is now third all-time in All-CRBL awards.
  • The all-time leader in All-CRBL awards is the Eau Claire Rivermen’s Andy Niese with 13

Honorable Mention All-CRBL

TeamPlayerPosition
Beef River BullfrogsBrendan McCabeCatcher
Bloomer WoodticksTyler PlitznerCatcher
Cadott Red SoxChad KronShortstop
Chippewa Falls LumberJacksNolan HutzlerShortstop
Eau Claire BearsChevy TollefsonPitcher
Eau Claire CavaliersBen BodaShortstop
Eau Claire RivermenTyler GrayPitcher
Jim Falls SturgeonsTristan HableOutfield
Osseo MerchantsNolan MatsonOutfield
Tilden TigersLucas SteinmetzOutfield
  • Of the ten individuals recognized with an Honorable Mention All-CRBL award, eight were first time selections.
  • Tyler Gray’s seven Honorable Mention Awards are a CRBL record

Gold Glove Awards

TeamPlayerPosition
Beef River BullfrogsTaylor Rathke2nd Base
Bloomer WoodticksJake MalinowskiUtility
Cadott Red SoxSean SedlacekOutfield
Chippewa Falls LumberJacksCaleb GardowCatcher
Eau Claire BearsJoe HallingCatcher/Outfield
Eau Claire CavaliersCaden Erickson2nd Base
Eau Claire RivermenLance LettnerOutfield
Jim Falls SturgeonsRyan Krumenauer2nd Base
Osseo MerchantsJoe Zawacki1st Base
Tilden TigersChristian Hall1st Base
  • This is the second year for the CRBL’s Gold Glove Awards.
  • Of the ten gold glove recipients, seven were first time winners and three were repeat winners

CRBL League Playoffs Set

The 2022 Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) playoffs have been set. The #1 seed Tilden Tigers will host the #4 seed Chippewa Falls LumberJacks at Casper Park, while the #2 seed Osseo Merchants will host the #3 seed Eau Claire Bears at Jon Soiney Memorial Field. Both games are set for Wednesday, August 3rd at 7 pm.

The winners of Wildcard Wednesday will play on Championship Saturday, August 6th at 12:30 pm with the higher seed hosting.

  • This will be Tilden’s league record 38th appearance in the CRBL championship game.
  • Osseo will be making its 6th showing in the title bout.
  • Tilden has won a league record 38 league championships, with the most recent coming last season when they beat Chippewa Falls, 10-3.
  • Osseo has won four CRBL crowns, doing so consecutively in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • Nolan Baier 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 2022, this is the 94th season of play in CRBL history.  Within that time frame, there have been 11 championship series.  This Saturday marks the 59th championship game.  

Championship Game Facts

  • This marks the first time Tilden has won back-to-back CRBL titles since winning three in a row in 1977, 1978, and 1979.
  • The title was Tilden’s 19th, a CRBL record. The next closest franchise is the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks with 7 CRBL crowns.
  • Jordan Steinmetz was named game MVP, becoming the 5th Tilden player to win the award since it was instituted in 1998.
  • The Eau Claire Bears have the claim to the most CRBL championship game MVPs with 6.

All-Star Game Recap

Video

Details

DateTime
July 1, 20227:00 pm

Field

Carson Park
Cannery District, Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, 54703, United States


Game:
65th Annual All-Star Game

Date: Friday, July 1st, 7:00 pm

Location: Carson Park in Eau Claire


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

South 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 9 0

North 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 2


Pitching Summary IP H R ER BB K

(WP) Chevy Tollefson 1 0 0 0 1 1

(SV) Alex Byom 1 0 0 0 0 1

(LP) Leo Burmeister 1 1 1 0 0 1


Leading Hitters

(South) Ryan Freitag 1-2 (R, HR, RBI), Austin Lemay 1-3 (2B, RBI), Todd Lasher 1-3 (2B, RBI), Jesse Brockman 1-2 (2B), Alex St. John 1-1

(North) Jon Schoch 1-3 (2 R, HR, 2 RBI), Caden Erickson 1-2 (SB), Connor O’Reilly 1-2 (RBI)


Game Notes

  • Ryan Freitag was named game MVP. He hit the first itch of the game for a home run in the top of the first inning. Ryan was also named the All-Star game MVP in 2018.
  • This was the first CRBL All-Star game ever played at Carson Park.
  • This was the 65th 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 33-16 over the North.



Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) All-Stars Selected

The managers of the Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) have selected the 2022 all-star’s. Even with the elimination of the North and South divisions, the All-Star game will be played with the old division format. The CRBL all-star game will be hosted by the Eau Claire Cavaliers on July 1st at Carson Park in Eau Claire with a 7:00 pm start time.


North All-Stars

PositionPlayerTeam
CTyler PlitznerBloomer Fightin’ Woodticks
1BCooper KapankeEau Claire Cavaliers
2BMatt MartineauChippewa Fall LumberJacks
3BCaden EricksonEau Claire Cavaliers
SSDrew SteinmetzTilden Tigers
OFJordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers
OFBen SteinmentzTilden Tigers
OFConnor O’ReillyEau Claire Cavaliers
DHJon SchochTilden Tigers
EHBob MauerJim Falls Sturgeons
PPJ LequiaTilden Tigers
PEthan KjelbergEau Claire Cavaliers
PLeo BurmeisterChippewa Falls LumberJacks
PWill JacobsonJim Falls Sturgeons
PMichael MaurerJim Falls Sturgeons
PCurtis DachelBloomer Woodticks
P/EHNoah HansonTilden Tigers
PLucas CostleyEau Claire Cavaliers
CCaleb GardowChippewa Falls LumberJacks
IFNolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks
OFCampbell KapaenkeEau Claire Cavaliers
1BJustin TomanChippewa Falls LumberJacks
OFDawson MattwigChippewa Falls LumberJacks
OFTristan HableJim Falls Sturgeons
IFNolan BaierTilden Tigers
IF/OFJimmy SchemenauerChippewa Falls LumberJacks


South All-Stars

PositionPlayerTeam
CTodd WienkesOsseo Merchants
1BJoe ZawackiOsseo Merchants
2BTaylor RathkeBeef River Bullfrogs
3BZac MerrittCadott Red Sox
SSChad KronCadott Red Sox
OFJames DavisEau Claire Rivermen
OFAlex St JohnEau Claire Rivermen
OFLogan BurzynskiCadott Red Sox
DHAndy NieseEau Claire Rivermen
EHRyan GrayBeef River Bullfrogs
PTyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen
PLuke EideOsseo Merchants
PZach ThiesseOsseo Merchants
PAlex ByomOsseo Merchants
PWes BoyarwskiBeef River Bullfrogs
PEthan BartelsBeef River Bullfrogs
PJoel ZachoEau Claire Bears
PChevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears
PTim PrinceBeef River Bullfrogs
1BAustin LeMayEau Claire Bears
2BMatt MillerEau Claire Bears
SSJesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants
3BJim ThillEau Claire Bears
CBrendon McCabeBeef River Bullfrogs
OFShawn SedlacekCadott Red Sox
OFRyan FreitagOsseo Merchants
OFTodd LasherEau Claire Bears
EHBlake JohnsonEau Claire Bears
OFLance LetterEau Claire Rivermen

The North team will be managed by Pete Thaler and Pete Bartingale. The south team will be managed by Luke Anderson and Rick Danielson. Starting lineups to be determined at game time.

*NOTE: Rosters Subject to Change*


  • 65th All-Star game in CRBL History
  • The South leads the series 32 to 16
  • The South won the last meeting 2-1 on July 3rd, 2001 in Bloomer
  • This is the first CRBL all-star team hosted by the Eau Claire Cavaliers

2022 League Preview

Baseball greetings to all of our fans, followers, alumni, and friends. It is with sincerity that we would like to welcome you to another year of competitive amateur baseball within the storied Chippewa River Baseball League. Incredibly, 2022 marks the 94th season of play over 114 years, dating back to the CRBL’s first season of play in 1908. Very few baseball leagues across the USA – amateur or professional – can substantiate such an existence of length and success. Plainly stated, this is something that anyone associated with the CRBL should take great pride in.

2021 saw the full-fledge return of the Chippewa River Baseball League after the regrettable “Lost Season of 2020”. Playing entirely doubleheaders for the first time since the early 1980s, the CRBL was able to enjoy a full, 20-game slate for all eleven of its member teams.

Emerging from the four-month fracas to be crowned league champion was the Tilden Tigers, as they beat their North Division rival the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks, 10-3 at Casper Park on August 8th. The championship was the league record 18th for Tilden, unequivocally the flagship franchise of the CRBL.

The Tigers continued their hot play the following weekend in the 73rd annual WBA Tournament. Of the seven CRBL squads that qualified for the WBA’s new “pool play” (minimum two game) format, Tilden was the only one to survive to the WBA Finals before losing to the Spooner Cardinals in the semis.

Looking ahead to 2022, the CRBL will be operating without divisions for the first time since 1972. With the departure of the Whitehall Wolves from the league’s landscape as well as the recent losses of Augusta, Hallie and Stanley, the CRBL managers voted to do away with the traditional North and South divisions and instead compete in one division.

2022 CRBL Schedule Released

The Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) has released the 2022 season schedule. With the Whitehall Wolves withdrawing from league play for the 2022 season, the managers voted to eliminate the South & North divisions. The 90-game season will see each CRBL team will play an 18-game schedule starting May 1st, 2022. The 2022 season will mark the 93rd season of league play.

Notable Schedule Dates:

  • Sunday, May 1st – Opening Day
  • Friday, July 1st – CRBL All-Star Game hosted by the Eau Claire Cavaliers at Carson Park, 7 pm (Hall of Fame Classes of 2022 to be honored)
  • Wednesday, August 3rd – Wildcard Wednesday
  • Saturday, August 6th – 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 2022 schedule can be found at their team page:

Whitehall Wolves Withdraw from CRBL

The Whitehall Wolves have withdrawn from the Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) for the 2022 season. Their inaugrual season was 2005 and have played all 17 seasons in the south division of the CRBL.

During their 17 years of play they accomplished the following:

  • South Division Champs – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • CRBL Champions – 2012, 2013
  • WBA Qualifyer – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

The Whitehall Wolves are the fourth team to fold in the CRBL since 2016. The Hallie Eagles folded in 2016 and the Stanley Slammers and Augusta Athletics followed suit in 2019. Just one expansion team has been added since 2016, when Wayne Franz returned the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks into CRBL play in 2021 after they were transitioned to Eau Claire and became the Eau Claire Rivermen in 2017.