The Wisconsin RiverCats Organization will follow up its successful 2011 season with a stronger tournament schedule for the 2012 campaign.
Following the model of “Competition Breeds Success”, the program will seek out the best the Midwest has to offer in preparation of the World Series Events that the program will look to win.
The program has ramped up several of the levels, and has been indoors working out since the 1st of the year.
At 14U, the core group from the highly successful 13U team that finished the CABA World Series in 7th place has returned. However, the team has added some players who will play key roles with some impressive individual skills.
Eli Sanchez has joined the RiverCats after last year playing for the Rockford Big Dogs. Sanchez-South Beloit, IL, will split time with Nolan Girard-Burlington, WI, behind the dish along with playing some infield. Sanchez swings a right handed stick.
Jack Eagan-Wautoma, WI, will bring a power left handed arm and left handed stick to the team. Eagan will see time at first base, on the mound, and in the outfield. Eagan stands well over 6′ tall and has a very strong body type.
Nick Bastien-Hartland, WI, has joined the program after leaving the Titans Select program. Bastien brings game changing speed, being clocked in the 60 yard dash in under 7.0 seconds, already at college speed level. Bastien will see multiple positions for the ‘Cats, including some outfield to take advantage of his speed, and in the infield at times as well.
The 13U RiverCats underwent some roster moves to improve on last year’s 11th place World Series finish. The team has added 6 new players.
Jake Jenkin-Germantown, WI, and Charlie Peterson-Waukesha,WI have come over from the BOSS program. Noah Chopp-Grafton, WI, has come over from the Racine Hitters, Jake Benzing-Delavan, WI, has joined from the Muckdogs, Logan Michaels-Deforest, WI, has come over from the Windsor Titans, and Colton Burt joins the squad, hailing from Neshkoro, WI.
The 12U RiverCats added major firepower to their already explosive team that finished inside the final 5 teams at the 11U CABA World Series last year.
Connor Manthey and Randon Dauman have joined the team. The Columbus connection both offer strong arms and big bats to the lineup.
Sean O’Brien has come over from the Rockhounds to provide a big arm, bat, and good fielding up the middle. O’Brien is from Pewaukee, WI.
JJ Oehmcke-Oconomowoc, WI and Jeff Holtz-Hartland, WI both have come over from the Hartland hawks program and will bring big time sticks to a very explosive offense.
The 12U’s also have a very large amount of power arms, making them one of the toughest teams in the Midwest.
For the first time ever, the RiverCats at 12U will have a second team called the 12U RiverCats Black. With over 80 kids trying out for the 12U team in August, the RiverCats Black will put a highly competitive team on the field with a mix of new players along with some players who played 11U for the RiverCats last year.
The 10U and 11U RiverCats will look to present powerful teams on the field as well. The 11U’s will try to out do their impressive 2011 campaign. The 10U’s, a new team at the entry level to the program, will bring strong fundamentals, with a good mix of speed and power to the lineup.
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