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You’re telling me the next 500 or so words are going to be about baseball!

How can you write about baseball when arguably the world’s most popular sporting event, the World Cup is taking place;

- when the winter solstice is only a couple days away;

- when Balthezor, Caspar and Melchior are packing their camels for a long trip across the desert;

- when they didn’t leave the light on for Joe and he can’t find a room for him and his better half who has contractions in her immediate future;

- when the North Pole’s biggest manufacturer, warehouse and distribution center has its sleigh loaded and it’ s No. 1 driver dressed and psyched to visit 8 billion people

. . . and you want to talk about baseball?

Yes, I do because there is a celebration in store. If you are unaware, the Sheboygan A’s are the city’s baseball team. Playing in two of the state’s most competitive leagues, the A’s had a very good season in 2022 and it will be celebrated Saturday night, Jan. 7, when the Sheboygan Athletic Club holds its annual banquet to honor A’s players and Athletic Club members. You are invited to be a part of it. The dinner will be held at Al & Al’s, 1502 S. 12th St. in Sheboygan. Cash bars social hour is 5:30, dinner 6:30. Registration deadline is Dec. 28. Cost $22 if paid in advance, $25 if paid at the door. To register send the names of those attending and payment to Sheboygan A’s Banquet, P.O. Box 32, Sheboygan, WI 53082-0032.

The team took an 0-for-4 in an early season weekend of State League doubleheaders and was unable to recover from that in State League play, finishing fourth in the league with a 17-13 record.

But the Tim Moyer directed team won the Northeastern Wisconsin League and tournament titles, won the season opening Play Ball Tournament, win the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic, the State League Stepladder qualifying tournament, posted a club record 17-game winning streak and were rained out of their chance to win the State Class A tournament. They finished 43-20

Leading the way for the A’s his year was . . . well . . . everybody. No less than 10 players hit .300 or better and seven of those 10 had 100 or more plate appearances. First year player Gus Walker (Marian) hit .394; Harry Steldt UW-Stevens Point) .379; Jacoby Endreas (UW-Stout) .371; Ross Krist (UW-Platteville) .355; Brady Zackrisen (Marian) .347; Jonathan Kim (Michigan) .317; Jimmy Juergensen Concordia-Neb.) .311; Sage Stellmacher (upper Iowa) .310.

And the deep pitching was equally effective. The four aces were Jared Reklaitis (UW-Milwaukee) 6-1, 0.41 earned run average, 93 strikeouts in 59 2/3; Blake Kunz (S. Dakota State) 6-2, 2.00, 92 in 54; Eric Schmitz (UW-Whitewater) 6-0, 2.29, 49 in 33.1; Joey Pettit (UW-Whitewater) 4-1, 3,31, 43 in 35 1/3 Brad Rindfleisch (UW-Stout) 7-4, 3.94, 109 in 80.

It was a very good year. Looking forward to seeing all the guys again and you at the banquet.

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