The 2019 season saw the Men win their last five league games in a row to finish their CRBL campaign 13 and 9 and grab a spot in the WBA tournament. Alas, the Rivermen sustained another gut punch WBA loss, falling in their first round game to the Lake Superior Sea Dogs, 4-2. In total, the Rivermen finished 2019 with an overall record of 15 wins against 11 losses.
Looking to 2020, the Rivermen will continue to add and subtract players in that never ending pursuit to find good, dedicated baseball players who can be counted on to be reliable teammates. Shaping the foundation of the roster will be a familiar group of established veterans in the midst of lengthy CRBL careers: Josh Briggs (25th season), Tyler Gray (15th season), Andy Niese (28th season), Hans Soukup (26th season), Sawyer Sturz (9th season).
The Rivermen have been fortunate to add several good, full-time players over the last two years including Joel Effertz, Dayton Gutsch, Brett Jensen, and Jake Salonek. For the optical season of 2020, we are excited to add CRBL veteran Keith Smasal (9th season) via the folding Stanley Slammers as well a promising young player in Alec Johnson (2nd season) from the folding Augusta Athletics.
Founded in 2017, the Eau Claire Rivermen are excited to begin their fourth season of play in the ultra-competitive CRBL, as they have accumulated a solid 38 and 28 league mark in their young existence. Ultimately, the 2020 Navy Blue and Grey crew hope to make the CRBL playoffs for the first and advance in the WBA tournament, both of which would be franchise firsts.
The Eau Claire Rivermen would like to sincerely thank our loyal fans and generous sponsors as we eagerly look forward to playing baseball in 2020. GO RIVERMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Roster: Mason Bauer, Michael Beckfield, Shane Boettcher, Josh Briggs, James Davis, Joel Effertz, Dayton Gutsch, Tyler Gray, Brett Jensen, Alec Johnson, Terry McCann, Andy Niese, Zach Parr, Will Petrosky, Dave Roubal, Jordan Ruppelt, Micah Sackett, Jake Salonek, Tim Schaller, Keith Smasal, Sawyer Sturz, Carson Soukup, Hans Soukup, Jesse Urbanek, Tim Wilson, Chad Zutter