ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Chippewa Falls catcher Dane Weiland

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - Rarely can you go to a Chippewa Falls baseball game and not see Dane Weiland record a hit.

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“When Dane comes up to bat I don’t have a doubt in my mind that the ball will be hit hard somewhere,” said Chippewa Falls Post 77 head coach Drew Steinmetz.

Dane Weiland wrapped up his junior year for the Chippewa Falls Cardinals as the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year and is continuing to rip the cover off the ball for Chippewa Falls Post 77 this summer.

“I’m just trying to make contact," explained Dane Weiland. "Just staying up in the count and if you get down, don’t get too worried – just make contact with the ball.”

Weiland finished as a WIAA Division 1 All-State honorable mention this year with a .500 batting average, but it’s not just his offensive impact that makes him invaluable: opponents fear the catcher’s arm.

“It’s a presence behind the plate and I really don’t think teams like to run on us just because of him," added Steinmetz. "It’s great to have a guy as big of a threat behind the plate as he is in the box.”

With Weiland protecting the plate and the rest of the club firing on all cylinders, Post 77 has moved their way into the state’s top-five team rankings in class AAA.

“Kind of the key to our success is just relaxing and playing," said Weiland. "Just swing the bats and go out and play our baseball.”

After dropping their season opener to Plover, Chippewa Falls has won 14 straight Legion games and now they’re trying to run the table.

“That’s what we’re hoping for," confirmed Weiland. "Do well in the Gopher Classic coming up this weekend and then carry it over into regionals and see if we can make a state run.”



 
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