Florence’s Krueger named to WBCA All-Star Classic

Prep Baseball

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence’s Nate Krueger will join 71 of Wisconsin’s finest senior baseball players for the 32nd annual Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic.

The round-robin event will take place Friday, June 23, and June 24 at Oshkosh North High School’s EJ Schneider Field.

Krueger, an All-Northern Lakes Conference first-team pick for three seasons, will play with the North team. The North roster also includes Coleman pitching ace Matt Osterberg, son of Florence High School graduates Leah (Kovarik) and Brian Osterberg.

North will meet the South at 4 p.m. June 23 to open the WBCA All-Star Classic. Other North games are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on June 24.

For the 2017 season, Krueger hit .370 with 16 RBI and 24 runs. He had six doubles among his 17 hits, along with 12 walks and nine stolen bases

Krueger has a career .380 batting average.

On the mound in 2017, Krueger posted a 7-3 record.

“Nate can play any position,” said Florence Coach Dave LaPoint, noting Krueger is the first Florence baseball player to participate in the games. “He wasn’t selected for strictly pitching.”

Weather limited the Bobcats to 15 games and reduced Krueger’s hitting numbers.

Only players whose coaches are WBCA members are eligible. LaPoint completed his 44th season this spring, finishing with a 10-5 record and improving his career mark to 392-189. He stands 14th in the state among active coaches for career wins.

Krueger, the first Florence High School baseball player to sign a collegiate letter of intent, will attend Quincy (Ill.) University.

Quincy senior pitcher Graham Spraker of Tucson, Ariz., was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 31st round of this week’s 2017 MLB Draft.

The Hawks (37-22), ranked 14th in the nation, have qualified for three straight NCAA Division 2 tournaments and have averaged 38.7 wins in those seasons. They also won the third Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in program history.