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CRBL Season Wrap-Up

Final 2021 CRBL Standings

North Division

PosTeamWLPctGBRSRADiffHomeRoadL10Strk
11820.9000141499212-0-06-2-08-2-0L1
21550.7503162501129-2-06-3-07-3-0W3
31460.700411372414-0-010-6-06-4-0W4
49110.450980128-480-4-09-7-06-4-0L1
55150.2501366138-725-13-00-2-04-6-0W3
61190.0501761175-1141-10-00-9-00-10-0L18

South Division

PosTeamWLPctGBRSRADiffHomeRoadL10Strk
11730.850013246867-1-010-2-08-2-0W3
21190.5506125101248-4-03-5-05-5-0L2
310100.500711199123-3-07-7-04-6-0W1
47130.3501076118-427-9-00-4-01-9-0L3
53170.1501457148-911-7-02-10-02-8-0L2

2021 Noteworthy Performances & Milestones

Hitting

  • 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%.

Pitching

  • 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%.

Managerial

  • 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
PlayerTeamAt-Bats
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers68
Sawyer SturzEau Claire Rivermen68
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers68
Trent VodrasekWhitehall Wolves67
Scott Hovell Whitehall Wolves63
PlayerTeamHits
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers29
Nathan KentEau Claire Bears29
Nolan MatsonOsseo Merchants26
Nate HayesChippewa Falls LumberJacks24
Corey PoirierBloomer Woodticks24
Jon SchochTilden Tigers24
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers24
PlayerTeamDoubles
Jon SchochTilden Tigers9
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks7
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers7
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen6
Nolan MatsonOsseo Merchants6
Storm StandifordOsseo Merchants6
PlayerTeamTriples
Josh HallingEau Claire Bears3
Tanner HalversonEau Claire Cavaliers3
Lucas SteinmetzTilden Tigers3
Jesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants2
James DavisEau Claire Rivermen2
PlayerTeamHomeruns
Nolan BaierTilden Tigers3
Scott HovellWhitehall Wolves3
Seven players tied with2
PlayerTeamRBI’s
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 LumberJacks9
Jaxon VanceEau Claire Cavaliers9
Kole LekvinEau Claire Cavaliers8
Connor StoikBloomer Woodticks8
Mitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers8
PlayerTeamWalks
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 Merchants3221.27
Levi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks943.11.87
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers10461.96
PJ LeQuiaTilden Tigers9342.38
Carter HesselmanEau Claire Cavaliers827.22.60
Zack ThiesseEau Claire Bears14423.00
Carl KrumenauerTilden Tigers7213.00
Scott HovellWhitehall Woilves15393.46
Chevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears16413.51
PlayerTeamIP
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks85.2
Luke EideOsseo Merchants66.1
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen63.2
James DavisEau Claire Rivermen52.2
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers46
PlayerTeamW
Luke EideOsseo Merchants10
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks9
Scott HovellWhitehall Wolves6
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers6
Levi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks5
Zack ThiesseEau Claire Bears5
PlayerTeam Win % (Minimum 5 decisions)
Luke EideOsseo Merchants .909 (10-1)
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers .857 (6-1)
Scott HovellWhitehall Wolves .750 (6-2)
Levi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks .714 (5-2)
Zack ThiesseEau Claire Bears .714 (5-2)
PlayerTeam Strikeouts
Luke EideOsseo Merchants99
Levi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks83
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks78
Tyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen66
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers59
PlayerTeam Saves
Chase BredlEau Claire Cavaliers2
Todd LasherEau Claire Bears2
Ryan KrumenauerJim Falls Sturgeons2
Joel ZachowEau Claire Bears2
PlayerTeamShutouts
Luke EideOsseo Merchants4
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers4
PlayerTeam K’s/9 IP (Minimum 20 innings pitched)
Blake ThiesseEau Claire Bears 18.15 (41K / 20.1 IP)
Levi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks 17.24 (83 K / 43.1 IP)
Luke EideOsseo Merchants 13.43 (99 K / 66.1 IP)
Logan BoettcherOsseo Merchants 12.27 (30 K / 22 IP)
Scott HovellWhitehall Wolves 12.23 (53 K / 39 IP)
Beef River Bullfrogs TeamEarned RunsInnings PitchedTeam ERA
Osseo Merchants30139.21.93
Eau Claire Cavaliers37141.12.36
Tilden Tigers371242.69
Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks51125.13.66
Eau Claire Bears59135.13.92
Whitehall Wolves73129.25.07
Eau Claire Rivermen831385.41
Bloomer Woodticks88135.15.85
Jim Falls Sturgeons102131.26.97
Cadott Red Sox114121.18.46
Beef River Bullfrogs118125.18.47

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.

PositionPlayerTeam
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

TeamPlayerPosition
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.

TeamPlayerPosition
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

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

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

PositionPlayerTeam
CNolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks
1BNate HayesChippewa Falls LumberJacks
2BKole LekvinEau Claire Cavaliers
3BMatt MartineauChippeaw Falls LumberJacks
SSConnor StoikBloomer Woodticks
OF/PLucas SteinmetzTilden Tigers
OFMitch VollerEau Claire Cavaliers
CJordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers
CNoah LaneBloomer Woodticks
2BAlex RufTilden Tigers
2BCory PoirerBloomer Woodticks
OFJon SchochTilden Tigers
OFCole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers
OFTristan HableJim Falls Sturgeons
DHTyler HermanEau Claire Cavaliers
DHChip BlairChippewa Falls LumberJacks
DH/PPete ThalerJim Falls Sturgeons
PLevi SchallerChippewa Falls LumberJacks
PCurtis DachelBloomer Woodticks
PPaul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers
PCarter HesselmanEau Claire Cavaliers
PKarl KremenauerTilden Tigers
SSZac MerrittCadott 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

PositionPlayerTeam
CAlex JenkinsEau Claire Bears
1BJoe ZawackiOsseo Merchants
2BTaylor RathkeBeef River Bullfrogs
3BScott HovellWhitehall Wolves
SSJim ThillEau Claire Bears
OFRyan FreitagOsseo Merchants
OFNolan MatsonOsseo Merchants
OFJosh HallingEau Claire Bears
DHBlake JohnsonEau Claire Bears
EHMax FergusonWhitehall Wolves
1BWill PetroskiEau Claire Rivermen
2BMatt MillerEau Claire Bears
SSSawyer SturzEau Claire Rivermen
OFJames DavisEau Claire Rivermen
OFBrady BurzinskiEau Claire Bears
OFScott LindenbergerEau Claire Bears
DHRyan GrayBeef River Bullfrogs
CAndy NieseEau Claire Rivermen
PTyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen
PBlake TheisseWhitehall Wolves
PLuke EideOsseo Merchants
PZach TheisseEau Claire Bears
PChevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears
CJordan HauserWhitehall Wolves
CTodd WienkesOsseo Merchants
UTAaron HagbergOsseo 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

FACT & INFORMATION

  • 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 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:

Semi-Finals

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

Finals

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.

2021 CRBL Schedule Released

With the 2020 Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) season being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league has prepared and released the 2021 season schedule. Due to the on-going pandemic, a large number of doubleheaders will occupy the 2021 CRBL season schedule to limit the number of dates teams gather. The 2021 season will mark the 92nd season of league play.

Each CRBL team will play a 20-game schedule. Six teams will compete for the North Division and five teams will compete in the South Division.

Notable Schedule Dates:

  • Saturday, April 17th – Opening Day
  • Saturday, July 3rd – CRBL All-Star Game hosted by the Bloomer Woodticks at Stuckert Field (Hall of Fame Classes of 2020 & 2021 to be honored)
  • Wednesday, August 4th – Wildcard Wednesday
  • Saturday, August 7th – 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 teams individual 2021 schedule can be found at their team page:

NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change

Sponsorship Booklet Turns Digital

As the year turns to 2021, the Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) will turn it’s longtime sponsorship booklet digital. All sponsorship ads will now be digital and sponsors will have three levels of sponsorship – Gold, Silver or Bronze. Sponsor level information can be viewed here.

As with the CRBL ad booklet, each team will sell ads for their team and sponsors will at least be represented on each individual team page.

Visit the history of the CRBL ad booklet here.

The CRBL league officers, managers, players and sponsors would like to thank Art Zwiefelhofer for his many years of assistance in providing this sponsorship ad booklet to the league.