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2020 SEASON UPDATE as of 5/26/2020
Please continue to be patient as we work out the details of being able to start playing games for 2020. Right now, most teams can practice with groups up to 10 people if using a public park (unless specifically told something else by a municipality). The Independent League has teams in four counties with varying levels of health guidelines, which is making things difficult to plan a starting date. With that being said, as soon as the City of Spooner gives the green light we will work to schedule non-league games.
Washburn Co. and the City of Spooner have not specifically come out with guidelines related to team sports, so everyone needs to air on the side of caution. Barron Co has issued guidelines that state organized team sports should be on-hold unless social distancing can be maintained.
The WBA board of directors is set to meet on May 31st via Zoom to discuss playoffs and the state of each league. Each league is currently on-hold to wait and see how their local guidelines are changed or how the WBA decision affects the 2020 summer. We all need to remember that time is still on our side for the summer despite missing out on the month of May.
See you soon (hopefully)!
2019 SEASON IN REVIEW
Spooner (18-4 overall) ends one of their most dominant season in Cardinals history with a league championship (11-1) and hosting their first ever WBA semi-final weekend. The offense batted at a (.320) clip, only behind the 2017 team (.356), but the true improvement came on the mound and defensively with a 2.35 team ERA, only 1.1 errors per game and only 2.5 runs per game. Top hitters for the Cardinals were Trevor Gustafson (.581 avg, 3 2B, 1 3B), Chad Patko (.484 avg. 12 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 27 RBI) and Josh Davidson (.409 avg 11 SB). Mark Nauertz (8-1 1 SV) was the workhorse on the mound with 61 innings pitched and a 2.95 ERA. Jeremy Bloomquist (4-0) completed another outstanding season with 30 innings and a 2.10 ERA. Trevor Brimblecom (37.2 IP, 4-1 3 SV) was a tough inning eater this year with a team-low 1.91 ERA and was called upon in numerous big games to get the Cardinals out of jams. AJ Buchmann built off his successful high school year with 28 innings and a 2.25 ERA and will only see his workload increase after heading off to the University of Mary, to join Mark on the pitching staff. Spooner had several new faces join the club this season and we hope to keep a strong tradition going in 2020; Trevor Gustafson (Webster/UMD), John Nauertz (Spooner HS/U-Mary), and Reilly Hotchkiss (Spooner HS) were all contributors in the 2019 campaign.
The Indy League continues to represent well in the WBA playoffs. Hayward advanced into the semi-finals and Brill took down River Falls (another top tier state team) before losing to eventual WBA champs Eau Claire Cavaliers.
Most importantly, the Cardinals would like to thank the countless supporters for each season! These include our families who let us continue to play America’s pastime, our ever-growing and rowdy fan base, the dozens of businesses and individuals who financially contribute to all levels of Spooner Baseball. The City of Spooner for being willing to keep improving Merchant Park into what is the #1 townball facility in Northern WI. Special thanks to Tami Holden who organizes our concessions and puts in many hours behind the scenes at the grocery store and cleaning the facilities to keep people in awe of Merchant Park. THANK YOU!!