The Menomonie Eagles baseball team has had a winning season this summer and have plowed through the first two rounds of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs.
The Eagles finished out the regular season with a 17-11 record and landed second to Hudson in the North Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League. They advanced to the first playoff round last Saturday where they demolished the Eau Claire Bears 12-3 and followed that up with another dominating 18-1 victory over the Chequamegon Cardinals on Sunday.
Menomonie play tonight (Friday) in the State Tournament Quarterfinal (results to be announced in Wednesday’s edition) where the Eagles plan to continue their playoff assault against the Brill Millers.
The Eagles last won the State Championship in 2012 and the team has made a run in the playoffs in four of the last five years, with last year being the year they missed out on playoff action.
Catcher Mitch Thomas has been playing with the Eagles team for five years and said he would love a chance to play in the State Tournament again.
“It would be fun to go down to state and see what the competition there is like,” he said.
First baseman and pitcher Drew Worth and pitcher/third baseman/outfielder Wyatt Ernstmeyer have enjoyed playing this season, and as newer players to the team, have been soaking in the experience.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Worth said. “We have a good mix of older guys that have been around awhile and some younger guys that have been working really hard. ...It’s been a good balance this year.”
Worth is wrapping up his first year on the Eagles team while Ernstmeyer closes in on his second.
In regards to Friday’s quarterfinal match, Ernstmeyer thinks they have a good shot at continuing their win streak. “We’ve been playing really good baseball lately and that’s what you want, to be playing your best ball at the end of the year. As long as we keep hitting the ball like we have been, I think we’ll do well.”