The Milwaukee Beavers baseball club once again found themselves in familiar territory playing for the top local amateur baseball championship. This time it would be in a three-game series for the inaugural Rock League Baseball season championship.
The Beavers previously played in the last two championship games for the retired Milwaukee Baseball League in 2011 vs the Brown Deer Builders and in 2012 vs the Milwaukee Tigers. 2013 would be a chance to redeem the loss against the Builders who would be their 2013 opponent as well.
In game 1 of the three game set however, the Builders came from behind in game 1 defeating the Beavers 4-3 with a walk-off win. In game two, the Beavers could not quite dig themselves out of a 5 to 1 deficit and fell 6 to 4.
The Brown Deer Builders win their second championship in three seasons and the first Rock League Baseball Championship. Congratulations to the Builders on their 3rd Championship in the past decade. Read More
The Milwaukee Beavers 18+ team in the RLB - Rock League Baseball - took their division title with a 12-3-1 record on the season. Coming in second in the tough division were The Fighting Irish.
The team was led by an incredibly deep line-up and solid pitching up and down the staff. Manager Rob Tschimperle has been able to juggle the line-up and come up a winner most weeks.
On the mound Tschimperle relied on Alex Rejniak to be his ace, but also got to see Matt Burke's live arm develop into a smart focused pitcher. Tim Beyer started the season off in impressive fashion, but has struggled with an injury and is back just in time for the playoffs. Ben Rejniak is a work in progress but has shown a live arm and a good stick in the outfield to go along with a bazooka arm. Jarrett Gates eats up innings and this season unleashed the fury at the plate with an OPS over 1.000.
Leading the team at the plate is former University of Minnesota Duluth player Tim Garceau. Garc led the Beavers with a .532 OBP and 4 home runs largely from the lead off spot where he is able to not only score runs, but drive in runs from bottom of the line-up hitters who had a combined batting average over .300.
Mike Schroeder proved to be a dual threat hitting in the middle of the line-up and became a legitimate closer in the second half of the season after a down year on the mound last year. Joe Cefalu continues to be a clutch hitter and a veteran component of the line-up. John Kuhn shares the vet status and plays a strong armed 3rd base and continues to be an all fields lefty hitter. Longest tenured Beaver Greg Ketz is a steady hand and dangerous bat off the bench.
The Milwaukee Beavers franchise had a nearly perfect June as the franchise put in yeoman's work to go 11-1 in June. Both the vets Beavers and pup Beavers finish the first half of the season in contention for division titles.
For the vets, manager Kirk Spano challenged the team to pick him up after a disappointing loss to the pesky Timber Rattlers. The pups, led by Rob Tschimperle spent the month juggling line-ups to find the right combinations as the youngsters manage their busy lives.
The Over 18 Beaver squad has had a good start to the season rolling to a 4-2-1 record and in 2nd place in the American Division. The team has also squeezed in games vs the Kewaskum A's and the SWABA tourny where they lost a heart breaker 2 to 1 in the final inning.
So far the pitching has been strong and deep. Alex Rejniak is once again approaching ace status having recently tossed a 14K outing. Matt Burke is harnessing his live arm and Mike Schroeder is back from injury. Tim Bayer and Jarrett Gates, who both started out the season hot on the mound and at the plate are currently hurt, but eyeing a July return. Ben Rejniak coming off a season at MATC is adjusting to the mound with the big boys and expectations of him are high.
Rob Tschimperle powered RLB 28 Beavers at the plate and on the bump Sunday, willing RLB 28 Beavers to a 4-3 victory over RLB 28 Mudhens.
Tschimperle was hot from the plate for RLB 28 Beavers. Tschimperle went 2-4, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first and eighth innings.
RLB 28 Mudhens couldn't get anything going so long as Tschimperle was on the hill. RLB 28 Mudhens managed just two hits off of the RLB 28 Beavers' pitcher, who allowed two earned runs, walked six and struck out five during his seven innings of work.
The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to five lead changes in the game.
RLB 28 Beavers finally managed to grab the lead after a strong eighth inning. RLB 28 Beavers went up for good on an RBI single by Bruce Smeby off Tom Johns, scoring Tschimperle.
A bright spot for RLB 28 Mudhens in the defeat was Matt Soderlund, who allowed only one run while striking out eight.
RLB 28 Beavers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The RLB 28 Beavers attack began with a double from Tim Garceau. A single by Tschimperle then moved Garceau from second to third.
A key eighth-inning rally gave RLB 28 Beavers the lead for good. RLB 28 Beavers tacked on a total of two runs, including the game winning RBI single by Tschimperle.
The 2013 Milwaukee Beavers Baseball teams have been practicing hard over the winter. The younger team, coming off two championship game appearances are shooting to make a playoff run in the new Rock League Baseball. The vet Beavers over 28 team has added a few key pieces and looks poised to be extremely competitive again.
The Milwaukee Beavers younger squad is looking for two or three baseball players with college playing experience to fill out our roster. Two Beaver players have moved on from the den, one migrating to Colorado, and another focusing on career while rehabbing injuries. Please see the slideshow at the top of the page for our requirements for new players. Contact us if you think you qualify to be a Milwaukee Beaver player. Read More
This season the Veteran Beavers will stretch. A lot. So they can do stuff like this. Read More
Beginning with the 2013 season the Milwaukee Beavers will be playing in the new Rock Baseball League. Come out to The Rock to watch us at 76th and Loomis.
After the 2012 season, the Milwaukee Baseball League, Men's Senior Baseball League and several teams in the area joined forces to become a new better league. This powerful gentlemen's league will feature top teams competing at several age levels. Read More