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Eleva-Strum comes into 2024 as the favorite in Division 4

03/18/2024, 10:00am CDT
By Colton Wilson

Eleva-Strum came up just short of the state tournament last season, losing to eventual Division 4 champ Ithaca in a sectional final. Coming into this season, the Cardinals are picked as the preseason favorite in the smallest division. Seniors Justin Becker, Jake Bjerke, Carter Gunderson, and Tyler Webb all are returning All-Dairyland players for head coach CJ Christianson. Webb, Gunderson, Bjerke and Ty Fjerstad return on the mound for the Cardinals after pitching to sub-.200 ERAs last season, including Webb's 0.77. The batting order is just as loaded and are a big reason why Eleva-Strum is a favorite to begin the 2024 campaign.

Pecatonia, Johnson Creek, Northwood/Solon Springs, and Bangor were chosen as the top contenders to Eleva-Strum by the coaches.

Below are the full WBCA Preseason Coaches Poll rankings published and courtesy of the Baseball Wisconsin Yearbook. The 2024 book is the 32nd edition, 304 pages in length, and in full color. Written and edited by Joe Waite and assisted by Chris Lavold, Mark Weber with contributions from Scot Neu and John Matera. The yearbook features a season breakdown for every high school and college program in the state.


1. Eleva-Strum
2. Pecatonica
3. Johnson Creek
4. Northwood/Solon Springs
5. Bangor
6. Oakfield
7. Ithaca
8. Edgar
9. Pacelli
10. Columbus Catholic
11. Pittsville
12. Riverdale
13. Barneveld
14. Potosi/Cassville
15. Shell Lake
16. Highland
17. Gibraltar/Washington Island
18. Royall
19. Rib Lake
20. Cashton
21. Washburn

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