Category: 2022 Season

2022 Season Highlights

  • May 22nd – PJ Lequia tossed a 9-inning shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks.
  • June 5th – Jim Thill (Eau Claire Bears) breaks CRBL career triple record with his 15th.
  • June 5th – Chevy Tollefson (Eau Claire Bears) records his 14th career shutout in a 11-0 win over the Bloomer Woodticks. It’s good for third all-time, tied with Tyler Gray.
  • June 5th – Tyler Gray (Eau Claire Rivermen) records his 1,000th career strikeout. He becomes only the third pitcher in CRBL history to reach this milestone along with Russ Nelson and Ron Cronin.
  • June 5th – Todd Wienkes (Osseo Merchants) records a 4-hit game in an 11-0 win over the Tilden Tigers.
  • June 16th – Chevy Tollefson (Eau Claire Bears) records his 15th career shutout in 2-0 win over the Beef River Bullfrogs.
  • July 1st – CRBL All-Star game is hosted by Eau Claire Cavaliers at Carson Park. South division beats North division 4-3 and Ryan Freitag is named game MVP. The last time the CRBL all-star game was played in Eau Claire was 1909 when the Eau Claire Giants beat the Chippewa Valley League All-Stars 1 to 0 at Driving Park.
  • July 10th – Matt Miller records two stolen bases to set the all-time CRBL record. He passes Tyler Manley who recorded 144 over his career.
  • July 17th – Jordan Steinmetz records a 4-hit game versus the Eau Claire Bears.
  • July 17h – PJ Lequia records a 7-inning shutout in a double-header sweep of the Eau Claire Bears.
  • July 20th – Jordan Steinmetz finished the season on a 9 game hit-streak.
  • July 24th – Luke Eide (Osseo Merchants) throws a 7 inning no-hitter in a 14-1 win over the Cadott Red Sox. Ryan & Brandt Freitag, a father-son duo, each hit two home runs in same victory.
  • PJ Lequia finished the season with a perfect 7-0 record on the mound.

CRBL Season Review

Final 2022 CRBL Standings

CRBL League Standings

*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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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
Jim ThillEau Claire Bears62
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers61
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks61
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants59
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks59
Corey PoirerBloomer Woodticks58
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
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
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
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
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
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen78.1
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks63.2
Alex SchmidtCadott Red Sox56
Will JacobsonJim Falls Sturgeons52.1
Luke EideOsseo Merchants50.0
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)
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen81
Luke EideOsseo Merchants74
Alex ByomOsseo Merchants58
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks57
Joel ZachowEau Claire Bears46
Jesse UrbanekEau Claire Rivermen2
Ten pitchers tied with1
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.

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

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

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 of the most CRBL championship game MVPs with six.

All-Star Game Recap




Date Time
July 1, 2022 7:00 pm


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

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

Position Player Team
C Tyler Plitzner Bloomer Fightin’ Woodticks
1B Cooper Kapanke Eau Claire Cavaliers
2B Matt Martineau Chippewa Fall LumberJacks
3B Caden Erickson Eau Claire Cavaliers
SS Drew Steinmetz Tilden Tigers
OF Jordan Steinmetz Tilden Tigers
OF Ben Steinmentz Tilden Tigers
OF Connor O’Reilly Eau Claire Cavaliers
DH Jon Schoch Tilden Tigers
EH Bob Mauer Jim Falls Sturgeons
P PJ Lequia Tilden Tigers
P Ethan Kjelberg Eau Claire Cavaliers
P Leo Burmeister Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
P Will Jacobson Jim Falls Sturgeons
P Michael Maurer Jim Falls Sturgeons
P Curtis Dachel Bloomer Woodticks
P/EH Noah Hanson Tilden Tigers
P Lucas Costley Eau Claire Cavaliers
C Caleb Gardow Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
IF Nolan Hutzler Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
OF Campbell Kapaenke Eau Claire Cavaliers
1B Justin Toman Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
OF Dawson Mattwig Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
OF Tristan Hable Jim Falls Sturgeons
IF Nolan Baier Tilden Tigers
IF/OF Jimmy Schemenauer Chippewa Falls LumberJacks

South All-Stars

Position Player Team
C Todd Wienkes Osseo Merchants
1B Joe Zawacki Osseo Merchants
2B Taylor Rathke Beef River Bullfrogs
3B Zac Merritt Cadott Red Sox
SS Chad Kron Cadott Red Sox
OF James Davis Eau Claire Rivermen
OF Alex St John Eau Claire Rivermen
OF Logan Burzynski Cadott Red Sox
DH Andy Niese Eau Claire Rivermen
EH Ryan Gray Beef River Bullfrogs
P Tyler Gray Eau Claire Rivermen
P Luke Eide Osseo Merchants
P Zach Thiesse Osseo Merchants
P Alex Byom Osseo Merchants
P Wes Boyarwski Beef River Bullfrogs
P Ethan Bartels Beef River Bullfrogs
P Joel Zacho Eau Claire Bears
P Chevy Tollefson Eau Claire Bears
P Tim Prince Beef River Bullfrogs
1B Austin LeMay Eau Claire Bears
2B Matt Miller Eau Claire Bears
SS Jesse Brockman Osseo Merchants
3B Jim Thill Eau Claire Bears
C Brendon McCabe Beef River Bullfrogs
OF Shawn Sedlacek Cadott Red Sox
OF Ryan Freitag Osseo Merchants
OF Todd Lasher Eau Claire Bears
EH Blake Johnson Eau Claire Bears
OF Lance Letter Eau 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 Team Previews / Rosters

The Beef River Bullfrogs look to bounce back from a disappointing 2021 season under the guidance of new coach and Bullfrogs legend Taylor Rathke.

The Bullfrogs will be sporting a young lineup that shows a lot of promise and potential. We have an offense led by Taylor Rathke, Wesley Boyarski, Kyle Maug, and Ryan Grey; and the pitching staff led by Ethan Bartles and Tim Prince as well as many new and returning players.

The Bullfrogs would like to thank Jesse VenRooy for his hard work and for creating a great atmosphere for baseball in Strum! He has handed over head coaching duties but will still be an active member of the team.

There is a good foundation for an improved season by the Frogs! We can’t wait to see you at Spangberg Field to cheer on your hometown Bullfrogs!

The 2021 season was a typical season for the Fightin’ Woodticks. A grueling schedule in the always challenging CRBL where, for us, wins and losses are sprinkled together. Every team has a chance to win every weekend and this season, we finished league play at 9-11. Along with our regular season league action, Stuckert Field (home of the Ticks) saw the CRBL’s best gather for the league All-Star game where we got to honor Tick legend Scott Stuckert by inducting him into the league Hall-of-Fame.

In 2022, we are sad to report this will be the final season at historic Stuckert Field. Come up to Bloomer and celebrate with us as we remember all of the wins and losses on the field and our undefeated record of having a great time after the game. Whether the Liar’s Dice box comes out, the second beer run happens, or Scrub finally gets to the bottom of the fish fry pan Stucket Field has been the place to be.

As actual ticks come out of the woodwork, that is how the Woodtick roster will be this year as we invite some old and new faces to suit up this year.

Thank you to our major sponsors: Brian Simmons, Catalytic Combustion, The Badger Hole, Billy’s Grill, and Shadick’s Price Rite. We would also like to thank many other local sponsors and Bloomer community members with special mention for the Trixie and Ann Lane family for all of their help and support. Thank you to our families and fans for your support. The season is not done yet! Go Ticks!

The Red Sox are excited to be back for another year of CRBL baseball in 2022! The Red Sox roster will have many familiar faces as well as some new faces this season. Former all star Jake Arneson has decided to retire after being the team’s primary catcher for the last ten seasons. His veteran leadership and consistent play will be missed. 2021 all star Zac Merritt will be returning for his 2nd season with the Sox. Last season he brought some much needed stability to the shortstop position while batting .328 and leading the Red Sox in runs scored and stolen bases.

Other returning veterans include Mike Danielson, Tony Riley, Ben Poppe, Austin Goettl, Bennett Bowe, Casey Schara, Nate Stone, and CRBL Gold Glover Shawn Sedlacek. 2021 high school graduates Dylan Davis, Carter Vait, and Kaden Thurmond bring some young talent to the team as do offseason pickups Ely Johnson and Parker Lemanski.

The team would like to thank all of their fans and their outstanding sponsors. (Take a second and scroll through our sponsors below). Without you guys we wouldn’t exist! Lets play ball!

The Chippewa Falls LumberJacks (latest version established in 2020) are now entering their third year of play and the second official season in the CRBL.  Our home games are played at beautiful Gannon Field/Casper Park and the Jack’s proudly field a roster of mostly homegrown players from the Chippewa Falls area who showed in their first full year in the storied CRBL that they can compete at a very high level.

The Jack’s made the 2021 CRBL playoffs and promptly beat the Eau Claire Cavaliers 3-2 in an instant classic at Casper Park and a game that will be talked about around town by the “old boys” for a long time.  We then lost 10-3 to Tilden in the CRBL Championship game which again was held at Casper Park and was the 12th overall such appearance for the Jack’s which is 2nd all-time in the history of the CRBL.

Also, the Jack’s also made the prestigious WBA (Wisconsin Baseball Association) playoffs at the end of the regular season which was the second year in a row that we accomplished this feat.  Our 24 wins in 2021 rank highly in the history of the Jack’s and it is a fact that we are very proud of.

Of note five LumberJack players received CRBL Awards recognition and they include: Nolan Hutzler (All-CRBL Catcher) Nate Hayes (All-CRBL 1st Baseman) Levi Schaller (All-CRBL Pitcher) Chip Blair (Honorable Mention Designated Hitter) Jake Varsho (CRBL Golden Glove Award)

We would like to thank our 2021-22 sponsors, fans, and support staff and hope that the excitement around our team will continue to grow and others in the community will find their way to Gannon Field this season to cheer on the Jack’s and enjoy the fun activities and events on game day!

The Eau Claire Bears look to continue their success in 2022 following 4 straight state finals appearances. Bears are looking to reley on their long list of veterans this year that will carry their normal success with addition to exciting additions of Austin Lemay, Dane Helnore, Jack Shirpke, Levi Wilson, Vinnie Fonti and many others. Bears are hoping to take a leap from state finalists to 4 time state champions this year. Hope to see you all out there to support your EC Bears this season!

ROSTER: Chevy Tollefson, Todd Lasher, Jim Thill, Blake Johnson, Sam Janni, Ty Fadness, Matt Miller, Alex Jinkins, J.R. Lukes, Nathan Kent, Logan Berg, J.D. Preacher, Jeremy Nicolai, Austin Lemay, Tyler Oestrich, Joel Zachow, Will Mallett-Brown, Levi Wilson, Jack Shirpke, Vinnie Fonti, Joe Halling, Dane Helnore, Zach Lasher

The Eau Claire Cavalier amateur baseball organization returns to the diamond for their 52nd year in the Chippewa Valley. Playing out of beautiful Carson Park, this year’s squad is thrilled to welcome Field Manager Pete Bartingale. With years of experience and a strong base in the Chippewa Valley, Bartingale will be the 10th skipper in the Cavs storied history.

The 2021 edition of the Cavaliers returned to the Chippewa River Baseball League and finished with an 18-2 league record bringing home hardware as the North Division Champions. After competing in their 3rd Wisconsin Baseball Association State Finals, this year’s squad looks to build upon that success and go even further in 2022.

Along with many promotional nights and double headers this season the Cavaliers have the honor of hosting the CRBL All Star Game on Friday, July 1st. This along with a variety of home games will lead to an incredibly exciting year, one that you will not want to miss! We welcome everyone to come enjoy historic Carson Park and watch some of the most family friendly, best quality baseball in the Chippewa Valley this season.

2021 marked the fifth season of play for the Eau Claire Rivermen, a noteworthy milestone for any fledgling amateur baseball franchise. Unfortunately, 2021 also marked the least successful (worst) effort on the diamond for the ‘Men, as the Crew in Navy Blue and Grey staggered to a 7 and 13 record in the CRBL within a dismal 13 and 24 overall showing. At one point of ineptitude, the Rivermen gang lost 12 games in a row and 19 out of 21………yikes.

There were, however, several bright spots amidst the 2021 darkness. Specifically, CRBL legend Tyler Gray captured his sixth All-CRBL award, with the nod coming as a utility player for his standout performances as both a pitcher and hitter. Additionally, James Davis was given his first Honorable Mention All-CRBL award for his congruent work as a utility player for the Rivermen. Also of note, Sawyer Sturz was recognized with a CRBL Gold Glove trophy for his play at shortstop in what was the inaugural year of the CRBL recognizing it’s best defenders.

Alas, hope always springs eternal when a new season begins. With the addition of several promising new players to compliment the established core of grizzled veterans, the Men of the River are looking forward to quickly reversing their baseball fortunes in 2022.

Regardless of the final results, the Eau Claire Rivermen are proud to be part of the storied Chippewa River Baseball League. We look forward to seeing you at Fairfax Field, our plush home park with ample seating and convenient parking.

The Jim Falls Sturgeons enter 2022 with an ever-maturing core of young veterans (and a couple of old ones), bolstered by a smattering of fresh hopefuls. The team bases its hope for improving on a 5-15 record on a deep pitching staff and an expected rebound from some hitters who fell off from previous production in ’21.

Ryan Krumenauer certainly did not fall off as he led the way offensively, batting .377 with a .410 slugging percentage, leading the team in hits at 23-61, tying for the lead in Runs and RBI with 8 each, and flashing a web gem worthy infield glove. Tristin Hable cruised to .300 at 12-40 while slugging .425, and Nick Pitsch stroked .333 in limited action. Wyatt Keyeski led the team in On Base Percentage at .444. The Sturgeons also stepped up their long ball action, getting dingers from Hable, Austin Sykora, Bob Maurer, and Jake Eslinger.

On the mound, Manager Pete Thaler led in ERA at 4.46 with 24 Ks in 40.1 innings. Meanwhile, Isaac Lindstrom struck out 30 in 31.2 innings. Each of them picked up 2 wins, with Dylan Waters securing the fifth.

Two highlights of the 2021 season were the dedications of the new dugouts at Grudem Field in honor of erstwhile stars and CRBL Hall-of-Famers Roger Bergeron and Dave Hepfler. The team and everyone involved want to thank Joe Luther who conceived of and oversaw the production of the dugouts as his Eagle Scout project. Look for more heroes from Jim Falls’ past to be recognized this year and in the years to come.

The Sturgeons invite you to partake of the pleasures of the ballpark in ‘22. Their fervent hope is that after the Covid-altering trials of the last two seasons, maybe only catchers and umpires will need to wear masks this time around.

2021 was another successful season for the Merchants. The boys won the CRBL South division, and advanced to the state finals for an unprecedented 6th straight year. Luke Eide was a beast on the mound being named league MVP and winning the pitching triple crown. There is reason to be optimistic with a few new faces joining the squad this season to bolster a veteran roster.

This season also brings a first as Josh Anderson is being inducted into the CRBL hall of fame. It is fitting that Josh is the first from this crew to get the call. I’m sure he won’t be the last. As always, I’d like to thank the businesses and fans in Osseo for their continued support. The best fans in the state. #WWMD

After a deep WBA Playoff and State Tournament run, the Tilden Tigers are set to reload for the 2022 season. The 2021 CRBL Champions are looking to repeat in the newly formatted league and are excited to get back to a more traditional schedule.

The Tigers will retain all of their key veteran players from 2021. The All-Star and All-CRBL outfield combination of Cole Zwiefelhofer, Jon Schoch and Nolan Baier will be returning, fresh off of a combined .405 batting average and league leading 83 RBIs in 2021.

The brotherly quartet of Drew Steinmetz, Jordan Steinmetz, Lucas Steinmetz and Ben Steinmetz will also be returning to elevate several key position groups and serve as the table setters in the Tilden lineup. Their versatility and knowledge of the game will be on full display this year.

Cornerstone infielder Alex Ruf will be returning to round out the lineup. Ruf brings a must needed coaching mentality to the clubhouse, along with his speed and solid defense.

Atop the pitching rotation are perennial All-Stars PJ Lequia and Carl Krumenauer. The starting combo had a sub 3.00 ERA last season. They will be joined by battery mate Dane Weiland, who will call the shots behind home plate.

The Tilden Tigers would like to thank all of our sponsors and forever loyal fan base. We look forward to seeing everyone out at Casper Park this season and being a part of this historic franchise and league.

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 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.