the Spring of 2002, player/coach Daniel Haueter discovered the MSCR
league and entered his name in the player pool with the hope that a
coach would call looking for an extra player. Unfortunately,
the only person who called turned out to be a con artist who managed
to bilk $18 from Haueter after wowing him with details about the
league. Police later caught the man, however, this left
Haueter with no baseball for that summer. So, in 2003, he
decided to take matters into his own hands and began to assemble a
team from names in the player pool. Also, he put up signs
around campus announcing the team. The first player to join
the team was Sam Berns who was a future roomate of Haueter.
Pete Mand, Todd Wolfenberg, Nick Weber, Lauchie Cruickshanks, and
Chris Hutchings came from the player pool. Nick Bartine, Ryan
Meehan, and Zack Lamers saw the flyer. The rest of the team
was assembled from friends of this core group.
Unfortunately, the team was composed mostly of
college students and people freshly out of college who hadn't played
baseball since high school. Despite having some pretty good
talent, there were many holes in the line-up and the field and
victories were few and far between. The team finished 2-12 in
its inaugural season.
The team was overhauled
for the 2004 season. This time, team management relied on a
connection to the UW Club baseball team for players. Ryan
Schmidt, Nate Bothfeld, Adam Wisniewski, Greg Funseth, J.J. Pike,
and Robbie Diamond were discovered this way. Zack Lamers
recruited two friends, Ben Garvey and Jon Kose to fill out the left
side of the infield as Ryan Meehan took root at second base.
Shortstop was solidified midseason with the arrival of Dan Monahan
who also provided much needed front of the line-up offense.
Mike Meltsner was picked up midseason. Wolfenberg and Bartine
departed the team and Lamers's arm trouble kept him off the
mound. This decimated the rotation. Nate Bothfeld
provided consistently solid starts. Haueter had his best
season on the mound throwing two late season gems. And, Garvey
had several solid starts. Improved pitching combined with
better hitting and the team managed to improve its record by 7 games
finishing second with a record of 9-5.
In 2005, the Rockers
broke the bank and signed UW Club ace Brad Wittnebel. Witts
featured a mean streak a mile long to go with his blazing fastball
and sharp curve. One day, particularly disgusted with a few
calls and the feeling that he had "never been so disrespected" in
his life, Wittnebel called a conference on the mound and announced
his intention to drill the umpire with a fastball. Thankfully,
the team was able to talk him out of it. Dan Monahan had a
fantastic year at the plate. Nick Bartine returned to the team
and hit over .400. Bothfeld pitched excellent including the
team's first win over Jordan's Big Ten. Despite the strong
offense and defense, the Rockers struggled to beat Bear's Boys
winning only one of five games against them that season.
However, a three way tie in the first round led to a playoff win
which secured the Rocker's first postseason berth.
Unforunately, they lost to Bear's Boys again, ending their
The Rockers started 2006 with a four game winning
streak. They steamrolled through old rivals Buck's, Kollege Klub,
and Jordan's Big Ten as well as a new rival Precise
Accounting. They outscored their opponents 40-13 in those
first four games. It was not to last, however, as the team met
Buck's new ace and former minor leaguer Dave Schenk. The lost a
close, hard fought game in what would become a standard for the Rockers
versus Buck's. Ten games into the season the team lost Mike Ward
who was having a tremendous year at the plate and on the mound.
Infielder Joe Vesel began playing pemanently with the team this season
as did OF Keith Buttles. Buttles proved to be a defensive
liability. Despite starting the season a promising 6-3, they lost
six straight games to finish one from the bottom at 6-9. It was a
disappointing breakdown. However, young pitchers Jeremy Deuchars
and Mike Ward were discovered and developed for future seasons.
In their fifth season,
the Rockers put on an offensive display that will be hard to top and
they did so despite losing the powerful bats of Dan Monahan and Nick
Bartine making the feat all the more impressive. Slugger Mike
Meltsner continued his steady improvement at the plate including
belting two triples in one game. John Goeser provided
consistent front of the line-up direction. Daniel Haueter hit
an incredible .583 while slugging .833. Ryan Meehan set a team
record with 12 BB's and 1 HBP. Matt Henkel joined the team and
provided great protection for Haueter by batting .405. Ryan
Schmidt also returned and provided a team best 6 doubles. Three
players hit above .400 and six had an OBP greater than .400.
Joe Malin joined the team hitting .370. Jeremy Deuchars and
Mike Ward had great seasons on the mound. They were joined by
newcomer Dave Benson who would finish the season with the best
ERA (3.00). However, the Rockers couldn't execute in big games
and they fell to fourth with a respectable record of 9-5.
is currently getting ready for Spring Training 2008. There should
be a good core of players returning from the previous year as well as a
handful of new guys showing promise. The team is determined to win
it all this year.