Local family rich in Cooperstown baseball tradition
By Craig Marx, Editor
Baseball is often a family tradition of sorts, and for the Kuenzlis it is no exception. Reed Kuenzli has made the 2017 Wisconsin All-Star team that will join teams from around the country to play in the prestigious Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament later this summer – just as his uncle, Jared Tomany, did 13 years ago.
Excellence runs deep in the Langlade County baseball community as Caden Kautza joins Kuenzli on the 2017 all-star trip to the birthplace of our national pastime. The boys will have the experience of a lifetime playing against teams from around the country in addition to visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and historic Doubleday Field – the same diamond that saw the country’s first ball game played in 1839.
As mentioned, Langlade County’s own baseball history and the Cooperstown connection are rich in and of itself. Since Tomany’s appearance in the Dreams Park tournament in 2004, a total of 11 ball players from the Antigo area, including this year’s young duo, have been chosen to play with the best of the best in youth baseball at Cooperstown.
The young men that have previously had this immense opportunity include: Randy Krebs (2008), Cameron Noskowiak (2010), Jake Husnick (2011), Brady Tatro, Luke Schroeder, Austin Kirsch (all three in 2012), CJ Levis (2013), and Elliot Orgeman (2015).
The Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament will be held August 12th through the 18th at the historic complex in Cooperstown, NY. For those interested in help sponsor or donate to help these local boys achieve this great experience, please contact Karen at [email protected], Justin at [email protected], Tristien at [email protected], or Tori Kautza at [email protected].