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CRBL Spring Showcase Tournament Team

The first annual CRBL Spring Showcase, hosted by the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks, was cut short to just one day due to weather. However, four teams were able to play a round robin tournament with Chippewa Falls defeating the Jim Falls Sturgeons 5-0 in the Championship game.

Player Team
Kyle MaugBeef River Bullfrogs
Storm StandifordBeef River Bullfrogs
Austin BakerBeef River Bullfrogs
Austin SykoraJim Falls Sturgeons
AJ SchemenauerJim Falls Sturgeons
Ryan KrumenauerJim Falls Sturgeons
Cole SchwabBloomer Woodticks
Matt MartineauChippewa Falls LumberJacks
Nate HayesChippewa Falls LumberJacks
Cole BoweChippewa Falls LumberJacks
Nolan HutzlerChippewa Falls LumberJacks

Tournament Most Valuable Player
Blake Trippler – Chippewa Falls LumberJacks
Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher
Dylan Waters – Chippewa Falls LumberJacks

2023 CRBL Spring Showcase


The Chippewa Fall LumberJacks are excited to annouce the first ever CRBL Spring Showcase Tournament at Casper Park on April 22 and 23. We look forward to an fun and competitive weekend of baseball for our players, fans, and local community.  We are hopeful to offer it as an annual event. 

Each team will play two seven inning games on Saturday. Since Augusta is only committed to play on Saturday, the four remaining teams will be play a third game on Sunday with the possibility of a fourth if they win. 

Entry fee has been set at $80.00 per game that your team plays and three new baseballs per game.  These fees will be used to cover the umps and field rental.  If baseballs are still in good shape or like new yet from a previous game I am ok with using them again in place of new ball out of the box.

The LumberJacks will offer full concessions and various other raffles, giveaways and other activities during the course of the weekend for the fans and players alike. 

You can direct any questions or concerns you have prior to the tournament to Wayne Franz. A special thanks to Teddy Joas for organizing the umpire crew for the weekend.


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


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


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


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


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

CRBL Preview

Baseball greetings to all our fans, followers, alumni, and friends. It is with great sincerity that we would like to welcome you to another year of competitive amateur baseball within the storied Chippewa River Baseball League. Incredibly, 2023 marks the 95th season of play over 115 years, dating back to the CRBL’s first season of existence 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.

2022 saw the CRBL operate without divisional play for the first time since 1972. From the 10-team arrangement, the Tilden Tigers claimed the best regular season record at 16 and 2, followed by the wildcard teams of Osseo (15-3), the Eau Claire Bears (13-5), and Chippewa Falls (12-6). In the August 6th championship tilt at Casper Park in Chippewa Falls, Tilden beat Osseo 12-5 to capture their league record 39th championship.

The following weekend, seven CRBL teams ventured into the WBA Tournament. From the semi-final fracas of pool play, only Tilden and the Eau Claire Cavaliers survived to the subsequent Finals weekend, with Tilden continuing to roll all the way to the WBA championship game. Unfortunately, the Tigers lost a heart breaker in the title bout to the River Falls Fighting Fish, 3 to 2.

Looking ahead to 2023, the CRBL will welcome back the Augusta Athletics, who played in the league from 1989 to 2019. Also returning will be the tradition of divisional play in the following arrangement:

South Division (6 teams): Augusta Athletics, Beef River Bullfrogs, Eau Claire Bears, Eau Claire Cavaliers, Eau Claire Rivermen, and Osseo Merchants.

North Division (5 teams): Bloomer Fighting Woodticks, Cadott Red Sox, Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks, Jim Falls Sturgeons, and Tilden Tigers.

Old Man Winter put the lumber to us (again) this winter. Yet, like they do every year, the sights and sounds of summer return – whirling baseballs, hot summer nights, freshly cut grass, the crack of the bat………………………..LET’S PLAY BALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CRBL 2023 Season Schedule Revealed

The Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) has revealed the 2023 season schedule. With the re-entry the league of the Augusta Athletics, the managers voted to reinstate the North and South divisions. Five teams will compete for the North Division and six teams will compete in the South Division. The 110-game season will see each CRBL team play a 20-game schedule starting April 30th, 2023. The 2023 season will mark the 94rd season of league play.

Notable Schedule Dates

  • Sunday, April 30th – Opening Day
  • Friday, June 30th – CRBL All-Star Game hosted by the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks at Casper Park, 7 pm (Hall of Fame Classes of 2023 to be honored)
  • Wednesday, August 2nd – Wildcard Wednesday
  • Saturday, August 5th – 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 2023 schedule can be found at their team page:

NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change

Augusta Athletics Rejoin CRBL

The Augusta Athletics, who folded in 2019, have rejoined the CRBL for the 2023 season. With Byron King and Duane Ives, and tremendous community involvement, the Athletics are back for the 2023 season. Augusta will play at the newly remodeled Jan Krueger field in downtown Augusta.

After six months of preperation and planning, we are very excited to bring baseball back to Augusta and be part of the CRBL. We are anxious for the snow to melt this spring and take the field.

Duane Ives & Byron King

The Athletics began play in 1989 and have won five CRBL Championships (1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999) and one Wisconsin Baseball Association (WBA) championship in 1994.

Interview with President Rick Danielson

Question: How long have you been associated with the CRBL?

Answer: I have played in the CRBL for 17 seasons for 3 different teams. (Stanley Loggers, Jim Falls Sturgeons, and Cadott Red Sox)

Question: What made you want to become the CRBL President?

Answer: When I started going to league meetings as the manager of the Red Sox I realized I kind enjoyed seeing how the CRBL works. When the position opened up after the 2019 season I figured maybe I could help out since I’ve been around the league for a while.  I enjoy working with the other managers and board members trying to make the league run smoothly.

Question: With your Cadott background, how much about the Cadott Red Sox’s history did you understand or grow up with?

Answer: The Red Sox left Cadott in 1995. I was only 10 years old at that point so I really did not know much about CRBL baseball until I came in the league with the Loggers in 2003. It wasn’t until after we restarted the Red Sox in 2011 that I learned how much the team meant to Cadott. Red Sox fans still talk about the great teams they had in the 70s and 80s.

Question: Have you had family members play or manage in the CRBL?

Answer: My grandpa and a couple of his brothers played CRBL ball back in the late 40s and 50s. My cousin Mike was with the Loggers back when I started playing in 2003. He has also played with us in Cadott the last 6 years as well.

Question: What are some of your fondness memories of playing or coaching in the league?

Answer: Overall it’s just a great time meeting new people throughout the league and making new friendships. Whether its teammates, guys your playing against, or the fans that come watch your games. Enjoying a day at the ballpark is just an all around good thing. 

Question: What are the biggest changes you seen over your tenure as a player, coach and now president of the league?

Answer: The league has always had some outstanding players. If you page through the record book you see just how many great players we have had over 100 plus years. That being said I truly believe the all around talent level of CRBL players and teams is at an all time high. This is great for the league.

Question:How do you see the CRBL functioning in the future? More teams? Less teams? Rule changes? Etc.?

Answer: Over the last couple of seasons we have went from 12 teams down to 10 teams. Ideally we are able to add a team or two in the future.  Like I said before there is so much talent in the area we definitely have enough talent for a couple more teams.  I think it’s important that we continue to try to get younger kids involved. We need them to keep this league going strong. Overall I think the CRBL is in good shape.

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 to the most CRBL championship game MVPs with 6.