Florence’s Krueger commits to baseball at Quincy University

Florence's Nate Krueger is flanked by his parents, Holly and Matt. Behind, Florence baseball coach Dave LaPoint, left, and athletic director, Kris Johnson. Krueger signed a baseball letter of intent to Quincy (Ill.) University on Thursday. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

FLORENCE, Wis. — Quincy (Ill.) University meets the needs of Florence High School senior Nate Krueger.

“Very good school,” Krueger said Thursday morning after signing a baseball letter of intent to the NCAA Div. II school. “They have all the majors I want and they have a great baseball program.”

Krueger, an all-Northern Lakes Conference pitcher and shortstop, plans to major in criminal justice and digital forensics.

Josh Rabe, head coach of the nationally-ranked program, played for the American League Central Division-winning Minnesota Twins in 1986.

“All of the coaches are extremely nice,” Krueger said. “When I was there they treated me like I was on the team (before I had agreed to play there).”

Cornell (Iowa) and Ripon (Wis) College) also drew Krueger’s interest. Wake Forest University, a Div. I program from North Carolina, also inquired.

Krueger isn’t sure what position he’ll take up with the Hawks.

“It’s kind of up for grabs,” Krueger said. “They’re thinking of both pitcher and infield.”

Krueger played at a showcase for high school baseball players at Quincy.

“Apparently, I did pretty good and caught their eye, and thought they could make me into something much better than I am,” said the son of Holly and Matt Krueger.

Dave LaPoint has turned out several Florence baseball players for the college ranks. He believes Krueger is the first Florence athlete to sign a letter of intent for college baseball.

“Nate is dedicated to baseball,” said LaPoint, Florence baseball coach for 44 years. “That’s what he loves to do above all other sports.”

Krueger also quarterbacked the football team and topped the basketball team in scoring.

“He works hard at baseball,” LaPoint said. “He’s been to a lot of camps and has put in a lot of work.”

LaPoint says Krueger can play any position. On the mound, Krueger has three pitches and probably throws in the low 80s (mph), according to LaPoint.

“Nate is a gifted baseball athlete with a good baseball mind,” LaPoint said.

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