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Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Rejoin the CRBL

The Chipppewa Falls Lumbjerjacks have rejoined the Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) and will participate in the North Division for the 2020 season.

We are very excited to bring back the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks to the CRBL and the opportunity to offer additional options for players and fans to participate and support local baseball.  We are honored to be included in an amateur baseball league with such great tradition and our players are looking forward to competing against the high level of competition that the CRBL offers. 

Wayne Franz – Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Organizer and Manager

Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Logo from
1983-2016

The Chippewa Falls LumberJacks competed in the CRBL from 1983 to 2016.  During that 34 year run, they became one of the most successful and respected amateur baseball teams in the CRBL and across northwest Wisconsin.  As someone who played for Chippewa Falls from 1998 through 2016 and filled the responsibility of player/manager from 2006 through 2016, I’m very glad to see the organization return.  

Andy Niese – Former LumberJack Manager and current Manager of the Eau Claire Rivermen

Chippewa Falls was home to the Chippewa Falls LumberJacks from 1983 to 2016. The LumberJacks team was shifted to Eau Claire and became the Eau Claire Rivermen in 2017.

Wayne Franz has invested legitimate time and resources in to making this happen, and he should be commended for starting a new chapter in the proud history of the LumberJacks as well as that of the CRBL.

Andy Niese – Former LumberJack Manager and current Manager of the Eau Claire Rivermen

Chippewa Falls LumberJacks New Logo for the 2020 Season.

For our fans and supporters they can expect competitive  baseball and many fun events and promotions during the 2020 season so come on out to the ballpark to cheer on the LumberJacks!

Wayne Franz – Chippewa Falls LumberJacks Organizer and Manager

LumberJacks Mission Statement: To promote and support an amateur men’s baseball team in Chippewa Falls, WI and to offer the local community a chance to enjoy amateur baseball close to home.

Stanley Slammers Fold

The Stanley Slammers have folded and will not compete in the Chipppewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) for the 2020 season. The Slammers entered the CRBL in 2012 season under the direction of manager Brandon Geist. During his tenure the slammers were 59-117 and qualified for the Wisconsin Baseball Association (WBA) tournament three times.

Randy Gustafson was the first person I approached when attempting to bring baseball back to Stanley.

Brandon Geist managed the Stanley Slammers for their entirety

The Slammers most successful season came in 2015 when they finished 11-11 and qualifed for the WBA.

Brian Smasal is the number one guy I want to thank. He did a lot for the team and was essentially Mr. Slammer. We did fundraisers to help operate our team and had a lot of support from sponsors and fans. Hopefully it’s not the end for Stanley.

Brandon Geist managed the Stanley Slammers for their entirety

Slammers existed from 2012-2019

A former Stanley team, the Stanley Loggers, occupied the CRBL standings from 1999-2004.

Keith Smasals two grand slams against Cadott in Stanley on fan appreciation night, Randy Gustafson beating Tilden on a game ending triple play and Jeff Trunkel’s walkoff hit against Jim Falls are some of my most memorable moments as Manager of the Slammers.

Brandy Geist managed the Stanley Slammers for their entirety

Augusta Athletics Fold

The Augusta Athletics forfeited their remaining nine CRBL league games and have folded after the 2019 season.

Jan Krueger started the Augusta Athletics in 1989 and Augusta won the Wisconsin Baseball Association Tournament in 1994.

After 30 seasons of league play, the Athletics finished with 291 wins and 284 losses with five league championships (1992, 1993, 1995, 1998 and 1999).

2019 CRBL News / Notes / Statistics

Season Highlights

May 15th – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throws a no-hitter and finishes with 16 strikeouts in a 19-0 win over the Cadott Red Sox. The game ended after 7 innings.

May 22nd – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a no-hitter in a 14-0 win over Beef River Bullfrogs. The game ended after 7 innings.

May 22nd – Tyler Hermann (Eau Claire Cavaliers) goes 5 for 5 in a 12-2 win over the Jim Falls Sturgeons.

June 15th – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a one-hitter in a 17-0 win versus the Cadott Red Sox.

June 15th – Luke Eide (Osseo Merchants) throws a one-hitter in a 11-0 win against the Cadott Red Sox.

June 19th – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Whitehall Wolves.

June 19th – Blake Johnson (Eau Claire Bears) throws a one-hitter in a 10-0 win over Beef River.

June 23rd – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throws a one-hitter against Beef River Bullfrogs in a 10-0 win.

July 3rd – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) and Corey Fischer (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throw a combined two-hit shutout to defeat the Stanley Slammers 8-0.

July 7th – The North wins the CRBL All-Star game 6-5 with Paul Petit recieving the MVP.

May 15th – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throws a no-hitter and finishes with 16 strikeouts in a 19-0 win over the Cadott Red Sox. The game ended after 7 innings.

May 22nd – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a no-hitter in a 14-0 win over Beef River Bullfrogs. The game ended after 7 innings.

May 22nd – Tyler Hermann (Eau Claire Cavaliers) goes 5 for 5 in a 12-2 win over the Jim Falls Sturgeons. 

June 15th – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a one-hitter in a 17-0 win versus the Cadott Red Sox.

June 15th – Luke Eide (Osseo Merchants) throws a one-hitter in a 11-0 win against the Cadott Red Sox.

June 19th – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Whitehall Wolves.

June 19th – Blake Johnson (Eau Claire Bears) throws a one-hitter in a 10-0 win over Beef River.

June 23rd – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throws a one-hitter against Beef River Bullfrogs in a 10-0 win.

July 3rd – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) and Corey Fischer (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throw a combined two-hit shutout to defeat the Stanley Slammers 8-0.

July 7th – The North wins the CRBL All-Star game 6-5 with Paul Petit recieving the MVP.

August 3rd – Osseo Merchants defeat the Tilden Tigers 12-6 to win their fourth straight CRBL championship.

Season Notes

There were nineteen .400+ hitters this year in league play, the highest mark since 1993 and the most in a single-season since the return to wood bats in 2001.

The EC Bears’ Todd Lasher became the 8th player in CRBL history to surpass the 400 hit mark. Todd now sits at 7th place all-time with 418 hits.

The EC Bears’ Brian Menard now has 435 career hits, good for 5th place all-time.

Josh Briggs of the EC Rivermen is now 10th place all-time in hits with 383 knocks.

Slugger Ryan Freitag of the Osseo Merchants is now tied for 6th place all-time in home runs at 49 with Tilden great Mitch Steinmetz.

Freitag also strengthened his top spot for career on base percentage. The big lefty now has a career OBP. of .557, in part propelled by the single-season CRBL record he set for base on balls this season with 28.

The EC Cavaliers’ player/manager Matt Miller and Whitehall veteran Tyler Manley are currently tied for the all-time lead in stolen bases with 144 apiece.

Stanley’s lead-off man extraordinaire Kevin Christorf moved in to 3rd place all-time in batting average with a healthy .395 career mark.

Andy Niese of the EC Rivermen became the CRBL’s all-time leader in total bases with 806, breaking the previous record of 804 held by Tilden legend, Randy Baier.

Niese has also become the league’s all-time leader in singles with 447, breaking the former mark of 442, held by Bloomer and CRBL legend Scott Stuckert.

There were six no-hitters spun this season. Osseo lefty Logan Boettcher and Whitehall righty Alex Byom each threw two no-no’s, tying a single-season record. In total, there have been 63 no-hitters thrown in 91 seasons of CRBL play.

Logan Boettcher’s league leading four shutouts tied a single-season mark accomplished seven previous times, including by Boettcher himself in 2016.

With a 33 and 6 career record, Boettcher currently sits as the CRBL’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .846.

The EC Rivermen’s Tyler Gray is now tied for 3rd all-time with CRBL hall of famer Russ Nelson in wins with 82.

Currently with 910 career strikeouts, Gray is the fourth pitcher in league history to cross the 900 K barrier.

With an 8 and 3 record and 11 decisions in 2019, Bloomer righty Curtis Dachel moved up to 9th place all-time in decisions with 89.

Beef River manager Scott Sorenson has managed 323 CRBL games, good for 2nd place all-time to former Bloomer Woodticks manager Scott Stuckert’s final count of 486.

Additionally, Sorenson moved in to 2nd place all-time in managerial wins with 178. The leader in that category is Augusta’s Jan Krueger with 186 career victories.


League Statistical Leaders

Hitting

PlayerTeamHABAVG
Tyler HermanEau Claire Cavaliers3565.538
Nate PronschinskeWhitehall Wolves2752.519
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants3472.472
Jordan HauserWhitehall Wolves3371.465
Sam JanniEau Claire Bears3985.459
Jon SchochTilden Tigers3372.458
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers3067.448
Brian MenardEau Claire Bears2556.446
Andy NieseEau Claire Rivermen2969.420
Kevin ChrisorfStanley Slammers2560.417
Drew SteinmetzTilden Tigers2048.417

*Minimum 44 at-bats

PlayerTeamAt-Bats
Sam JanniEau Claire Bears85
Jeremy NicolaiEau Claire Bears84
Tom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers82
Jordan WilsonEau Claire Cavaliers80
Jim ThillEau Claire Bears76
PlayerTeamHits
Sam JanniEau Claire Bears39
Tyler HermannEau Claire Cavaliers35
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants34
Tom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers34
Jordan HauserWhitehall Wolves33
Jon SchochTilden Tigers33
Jordan WilsonEau Claire Cavaliers33
PlayerTeamDoubles
Tyler HermannEau Claire Cavaliers10
Jon SchochTilden Tigers9
Josh HallingEau Claire Bears8
Jordan HauserWhitehall Wolves8
Tom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers8
Trent VondrasekWhitehall Wolves8
Cole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers8
PlayerTeamTriples
Jesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants2
Josh HallingEau Claire Bears2
Jaxon KostkaOsseo Merchants2
Reese VoldOsseo Merchants2
PlayerTeamHome Runs
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants10
Jordan HauserWhitehall Wolves5
Jordan WilsonEau Claire Cavaliers5
Tom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers5
Brady BurzynskiEau Claire Cavaliers4
Todd LasherEau Claire Bears3
Jon SchochTilden Tigers3
PlayerTeamRBI
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants42
Jordan HauserWhitehall Wolves37
Tom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers32
Jon SchochTilden Tigers27
Jordan WilsonEau Claire Cavaliers25
PlayerTeamRuns Scored
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants33
Jordan WilsonWhitehall Wolves30
Sam JanniEau Claire Bears29
Tyler HermannEau Claire Cavaliers28
Tom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers26
PlayerTeamStolen Bases
Jordan WilsonEau Claire Cavaliers16
Dayton GutschEau Claire Rivermen11
Jordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers10
Neal MatsonOsseo Merchants8
Drew SteinmetzTilden Tigers8
PlayerTeamWalks
Ryan FreitagOsseo Merchants28
Dalton HuttonEau Claire Rivermen20
Jesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants17
Josh BriggsEau Claire Rivermen17
Max FergusonWhitehall Wolves17

Pitching

PlayerTeamERIPERA
Logan BoettcherOsseo Merchants463.10.57
Chevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears851.21.39
Troy SharpeWhitehall Wolves4231.57
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks17801.91
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers1349.22.37
Luke EideOsseo Merchants1245.12.38
Blake JohnsonEau Claire Bears1137.22.63
PJ LequiaTilden Tigers1860.12.69
Jake JennemanEau Claire Cavaliers14423.00
Alex ByomWhitehall Wolves1028.23.14
PlayerTeamIP
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks80
Scott HovellWhitehall Wolves71
Logan BoettcherOsseo Merchants63.1
Carl KrumenauerTilden Tigers61.2
PlayerTeamWins
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks8
Carl KrumenauerTilden Tigers8
Logan BoettcherOsseo Merchants7
PJ LequiaTilden Tigers7
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers7
PlayerTeamK’s
Logan BoettcherOsseo Merchants91
Paul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers72
Curtis DachelBloomer Woodticks57
PJ LequiaTilden Tigers55
Alex ByomWhitehall Wolves54

2019 CRBL Championship

2019 CRBL All-League Selected

PositionPlayerTeam
PitcherLogan Boettcher*Osseo Merchants
PitcherPaul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers
PitcherCurtis DachelBloomer Woodticks
CatcherJordan HauserWhitehall Wolves
1st BaseTom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers
2nd BaseNate PronchinskeWhitehall Wolves
3rd BaseTyler HermanEau Claire Cavaliers
ShortstopJesse BrockmanOsseo Merchants
OutfieldRyan Freitag*Osseo Merchants
OutfieldJordan WilsonEau Claire Cavaliers
OutfieldJon SchochTilden Tigers
UtilityCole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers
DHSam Janni*Eau Claire Bears
MVPRyan FreitagOsseo Merchants
ROYJordan HauserWhitehall Wolves
Sportsmanship AwardCadott Red Sox
Manager of the YearChevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears

*Unanimous selection

2019 CRBL Playoff Pairings

The Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) will host it’s playoff series starting Wednesday July 31st. Four teams have qualified for CRBL postseason play – Osseo Merchants (#1), Tilden Tigers (#2), Eau Claire Bears (#3) and Eau Claire Cavaliers (#4).

The Merchants will host the Cavaliers at 7:30 pm at Jon Soiney Memorial Field in Osseo. The Tigers will host the Bears at 7:00 pm at Casper Park in Chippewa Falls. Saturday’s championship game will be hosted by the higher seed at 12:30 pm on August 3rd. 

The Osseo Merchants have won the past three CRBL championships and will have a chance to defend their title at home as the #1 seed.

CRBL 2019 All-Star’s Selected

The north and south participants for the Chippewa River Baseball League (CRBL) All-Star game have been selected by the 12 team managers. Hosted by the Cadott Red Sox at Cadott High School on July 7th at 1 pm, it represents the league’s 63rd all-star game. The Eau Claire Bear’s have the most players represented with nine players selected.


North All-Stars

PositionPlayerTeam
PCarl KrumenauerTilden Tigers
1BJon SchochTilden Tigers
2BAlex RuffTilden Tigers
CDrew SteinmetzTilden Tigers
PPJ LeQuia Tilden Tigers
OFCole ZwiefelhoferTilden Tigers
OFJordan SteinmetzTilden Tigers
OFLucas SteinmetzTilden Tigers
PPaul PetitEau Claire Cavaliers
DHTom MewhorterEau Claire Cavaliers
EHCole TymanEau Claire Cavaliers
Jake JennemanEau Claire Cavaliers
OFJordan WilsonEau Claire Cavaliers
CNoah LaneBloomer Woodticks
UTTanner LinsmeyerBloomer Woodticks
PCurtis DachelBloomer Woodticks
UTRyan JotenStanley Slammers
OFBrandon HerrickStanley Slammers
OFTony RileyCadott Red Sox
2BMike DanielsonCadott Red Sox
PBen PoppeCadott Red Sox
UTJustin MartellJim Falls Sturgeons
OFTristin HableJim Falls Sturgeons

North squad will be coached by Matt Miller (Eau Claire Cavaliers). Starting line-up to be determined at game time.


South All-Stars

PositionPlayerTeam
OFTy FadnessEau Claire Bears
DHSam JanniEau Claire Bears
PBlake JohnsonEau Claire Bears
OFTodd LasherEau Claire Bears
2BJeremy NicolaiEau Claire Bears
OFReed PechaEau Claire Bears
PChevy TollefsonEau Claire Bears
CJD PrescherEau Claire Bears
UTAlex JinkinsEau Claire Bears
PLogan BoettcherOsseo Merchants
PLuke EideOsseo Merchants
OFRyan FreitagOsseo Merchants
3BNeil MatsonOsseo Merchants
CTodd WienkesOsseo Merchants
OFJoel EffertzEau Claire Rivermen
CAndy NieseEau Claire Rivermen
PTyler GrayEau Claire Rivermen
SSDayton GutschEau Claire Rivermen
1BJordan HauserWhitehall Wolves
3BScott HovellWhitehall Wolves
2BNate PronchinskeWhitehall Wolves
PTroy SharpeWhitehall Wolves
UTJames GilbertsonAugusta Athletics
OFMatthew GilbertsonAugusta Athletics
PLogan BergBeef River Bullfrogs

South squad will be coached by Luke Anderson (Osseo Merchants). Starting line-up to be determined at game time.


Facts and Information

  • 63rd All-Star game in CRBL history
  • 47th match-up within the North vs. South format. The years for this series include: 1950, 52, 55-56, 67, 72-73, 84-2007, and 2009 to present.
  • The South leads the series 31 to 15.
  • The South won last year (2018) in Whitehall, 8 to 3. Ryan Freitag (OF/Osseo) was named MVP.
  • The EC Rivermen’s Andy Niese will be making his 20th All-Star game appearance, the most of anyone playing in this year’s contest, and tied for the most all-time in CRBL history with Bloomer legend Scott Stuckert.
  • Eau Claire Bear Todd Lasher will be making his 13th all-star game showing while teammates Brian Menard and Reed Pecha will each be making their 11th appearance each.
  • Augusta’s James Gilbertson will be appearing in his 10th CRBL All-Star game.
  • The first All-Star game in CRBL history took place in 1909 with the Eau Claire Giants beating the Chippewa Valley League All-Stars 1 to 0 at Driving Park in Eau Claire.
  • The last time Cadott hosted a CRBL All-Star game was in 1950. In that game, the North was victorious 9 to 0 over the South Division.
  • The Chippewa River Baseball League Hall of Fame will officially induct and recognize four more individuals at this year’s All-Star classic. This will bring the total to 72 members. That elite group represents just .576 of 1% of the estimated 12,500+ people that have been part of the league’s rich history.

First Half News & Notes

May 15th – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throws a no-hitter and finishes with 16 strikeouts in a 19-0 win over the Cadott Red Sox. The game ended after 7 innings.

May 22nd – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a no-hitter in a 14-0 win over Beef River Bullfrogs. The game ended after 7 innings.

May 22nd – Tyler Hermann (Eau Claire Cavaliers) goes 5 for 5 in a 12-2 win over the Jim Falls Sturgeons. 

June 15th – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a one-hitter in a 17-0 win versus the Cadott Red Sox.

June 15th – Luke Eide (Osseo Merchants) throws a one-hitter in a 11-0 win against the Cadott Red Sox.

June 19th – Logan Boettcher (Osseo Merchants) throws a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Whitehall Wolves.

June 23rd – Paul Petit (Eau Claire Cavaliers) throws a one-hitter against Beef River Bullfrogs in a 10-0 win.

Todd Lasher recorded his 400th hit in CRBL league play.

CRBL Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Selected

Four more Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) players have been selected to enter the CRBL hall of fame on July 8th during the CRBL All-Star game at Cadott High School. First pitch is set for 12:30 pm and each recipient (one per inning) will be honored starting in the bottom of the 1st.

After the class of 2019, a total of 72 players hold the honor of being inducted into the CRBL hall of fame.


Rick Goettl

A right-handed pitcher, Rick Goettl was the ace of the memorable and dominant Cadott Red Sox teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s.After spending his first two CRBL seasons pitching a total of 30.1 innings with the Jim Falls Sturgeons, Goettl went to Cadott in 1977, where he would remain until the conclusion of his career in 1984.
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George Jackson

A baseball lifer and longtime supporter of baseball in the Cadott area, George Jackson’s league career stretched across 33 years, four different teams, and the roles of both player and manager.Getting his start for Rainbow Gardens in 1946, George was the featured thrower for the Gardeners in the first two years of post-World War II baseball in the Chippewa Valley.
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Steve Fetterly

Country strong from both the batter’s box and the pitcher’s mound, Steve Fetterly was a fearless competitor who played baseball with enthusiasm and intensity throughout his 12 seasons in the CRBL. Debuting with the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks in 1995, “Fetters” hit .318 (7 for 22) and went 2 and 0 in 16 innings within a part-time capacity, gaining Honorable Mention All-CRBL honors at utility for the North Division champions.
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Art Zwiefelhofer

Recalled as an accomplished player and well known as a highly respected umpire, few people have done more for the betterment and stability of the Chippewa River Baseball League than one Art Zwiefelhofer. Breaking in to the Chippewa Valley League in 1961, Art became known as a slick fielding and ultra-competitive shortstop for the Howard Braves.
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From left to right: Rick Goettl, George Jackson, Steve Fetterly and Art Zwiefelhofer
Photos courtesy of The Chippewa Herald

2019 Candidates

Hank Ash – Pitcher

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

Todd Bohl – Pitcher

Bloomer Merchants 1983-88

Jerry Dachel- Outfielder, Pitcher

Tilden Tigers 1967-78

Tom Drehmel – Outfielder

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

Steve Fetterly – Utility

Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks 1995-2004; Beef River Bullfrogs 2005-06; Augusta Athletics 2006

Rick Goettl – Pitcher

Jim Falls Sturgeons 1975-76; Cadott Red Sox 1977-84

Terry Hartman – Shortstop, 3rd Baseman

Jim Falls Sturgeons 1969-77

George Jackson – Outfielder, Pitcher, Manager

Player: Lafayette 1946; Rainbow Gardens Gardeners 1947, 53-54; Cadott Lions 1950-52, 56; Manager: Cadott Red Sox 1960, 67-68 Cadott Lions 1956; Cadott Red Sox 1957-60, 62-64, 68-70, 79

P.J. Johnson – Catcher

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

George Lee – Pitcher

Northern Colony Colonists 1932-38, 40

Ray McIlquham – Catcher, Umpire

Player: Lafayette 1946; Lafayette Badgers 1948; Lafayette Giants 1949-50; Hamilton Chevrolets 1955-56; Lake Hallie Lakers 1957; Chippewa Falls Triangle Sports 1958; Seymour 1959; Cadott Red Sox 1961 Umpire: 1962-84

Mike Pearson – 3rd Baseman

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

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

Bill Schoch – Pitcher

Cooks Valley Hayshakers 1979-80; Tilden Tigers 1981-88

Bernie Seichter – Catcher

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

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

Art Zwiefelhofer – Shortstop, Manager, Umpire

Player: Howard Braves 1961-64; Tilden Tigers 1965-83 Manager: Tilden Tigers 1980, 82-83 Umpire: 1984-2018

Jeff Zwiefelhofer – 1st Baseman

Cooks Valley Hayshakers 1977; Tilden Tigers 1979-87

Todd Zwiefelhofer – Pitcher, Infielder

Tilden Tigers 1991-97


To view the rules and criteria for HOF induction. The HOF began in 2009.

2019 Season Preview

The Wisconsin Baseball Association (WBA) and Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) Champion Osseo Merchants will defend their title starting April 28th when they open against the Eau Claire Rivermen. A year ago, eight teams from the Chippewa Rivers Baseball League (CRBL) qualified for the Wisconsin Baseball Association (WBA) Tournament with the Beef River Bullfrogs and Stanley Slammers receiving automatic bids as host sites. Below is the full list of teams that participated in the 2018 WBA tournament.

  • Beef River Bullfrogs
  • Stanley Slammers
  • Osseo Merchants
  • Tilden Tigers
  • Whitehall Wolves
  • Eau Claire Bears
  • Eau Claire Cavaliers
  • Eau Claire Rivermen

The 91st season of CRBL baseball will open April 27th when the Jim Falls Sturgeons travel to battle the Bloomer Woodticks. Twelve teams will compete for the 2019 Chippewa Rivers Baseball crown playing a 22-game CRBL schedule. It truly is incredible to consider that over 12,500 individuals have played in the CRBL over an 111-year span of time dating back to 1908.

Notable 2019 CRBL Schedule Dates

  • CRBL All-Star Game – Sunday, July 7th, 2019 Hosted by Cadott Red Sox @ Cadott High School Field
  • Osseo hosts CRBL triple header – Saturday July 13th @ Jon Soiney Memorial Field starting at 1 pm.
    • Augusta Athletics vs. Eau Claire Bears
    • Eau Claire Rivermen vs. Whitehall Wolves
    • Beef River Bullfrogs vs. Osseo Merchants
  • Wildcard Wednesday – July 31st, 2019 – Sites To Be Determined
  • Championship Saturday – August 3rd, 2019 – Site To Be Determined

Two longtime CRBL umpires retired after the 2018 season. Glen Waterhouse (25 years of service) and Art Zwiefelhofer (36 years of service) will no longer make a third strike call. Coaches, players and fans would like to extend a big thank you to both umpires for the work they performed over their extensive careers.


This editors picks for the North and South Division along with championship picks are below:

Winners of the North Division: Eau Claire Cavaliers
Winners of the South Division: Eau Claire Bears
Wildcard Picks: Whitehall Wolves & Osseo Merchants

Championship Game: Eau Claire Cavaliers defeat the Osseo Merchants


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