Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 11 Eau Claire Memorial

By: Diego Solares
Associate Scout, Staff Writer

The Wisconsin high school baseball season kicks off on March 29, opening day for regular season action under WIAA regulations. Over the next week, leading up to opening day, we’ll be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2022 spring season, touching on programs spanning all state classifications, counting down through the official PBR Wisconsin Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Perennially, we’ve submitted a Preseason Questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state. Their responses have been flooding in and we’re using the detailed insight they’ve provided in our team-by-team preseason analysis.

Our 2022 preseason coverage continues today.

Team: Eau Claire Memorial
Preseason Rank: 11
2021 Record: 26-2
Conference: Fox Fox River Classic
WIAA Division: 1
Head Coach: Dan Roehl


Name Class Pos Commitment
Dylan O'Connell
2022 INF/RHP
St. Thomas (MN)
Luke Erickson
2022 OF
St. Charles CC
Peyton Platter
2022 INF/RHP
Jack Redwine
2022 OF
Austin Baker
2022 MIF
Bjorn Pressler
2022 MIF
Luther College
Roman Trapani
2023 RHP


+ RHP Vincent Trapani (2021; Arkansas)
+ 1B/OF Campbell Kapanke (2021)
+ C Jake Becker (2021)


Dylan O'Connell

INF/RHP Dylan O’Connell (2022; University of St. Thomas commit)
: O’Connell burst onto the scene last season as a major winner across the calendar year to our staff. He first popped in the winter at our Madison Preseason ID and followed it up with an all-around impressive WIAA season, batting .414 and pitching to a 7-2 record for the Old Abes - culminating in a first team all-conference selection. He was arguably the top prospect at our Top Prospect - Milwaukee event in July and committed to the University of St. Thomas not too long afterwards, joining one of the nation’s newest Division I programs this fall. O’Connell returns to the Old Abes in 2022 as their presumed ace on the mound and top offensive threat with the expectation being he’ll handle shortstop duties, too. He’s a potential ‘Player of the Year’ candidate for us and his success during his final season could have the Old Abes playing deep into the WIAA playoffs.


Last season was an incredibly successful one for Eau Claire Memorial and the poise they showed throughout the playoffs was equally impressive. The Old Abes won 22 games, but they ended the regular season with a fourth place finish in the Big Rivers conference. Head coach Dan Roehl’s squad battled valiantly, defeating rival Eau Claire North in the regional championship and taking down River Falls and D.C. Everest rather handedly en route to a state playoffs appearance. There, Eau Claire Memorial took down the giant that was Union Grove by a score of 5-1 before falling to eventual runner-up Bay Port in the state semi-final matchup.

Success for the Old Abes wasn’t met without losses, however, as RHP Vincent Trapani (2021; Arkansas) and two other key seniors highlighted above departed via graduation. Trapani was this team’s star ace and now, at Arkansas, leaves a noticeable void on the mound that’ll be a tall task to fill. Regardless of that, however, Eau Claire Memorial returns a heavy chunk of offensive threats this spring and they’re plenty eager to build off the success started in 2021.

Mentioned above, O’Connell is going to be an everyday staple for this team and arguably their top offensive producer. Around him, however, is a talented returning group of seniors that are each coming off successful seasons in their own right. Both of OF Luke Erickson (2022; St. Charles CC) and INF/RHP Peyton Platter (2022) are two top-of-the-order bats that individually earned all-conference selections in 2021. Erickson hits leadoff and returns a .356 batting average from the left side, all while patrolling the outfield with above-average defense. Platter, another left-handed bat, hit .341 in an everyday role and served as this team’s closer, a role he’ll repeat this spring, with three saves. Left-handed hitting OF Jack Redwine (2022) brings a .351 batting average and necessary thump to this lineup with experience to pair, while INF Austin Baker (2022; Augsburg) is a stable, sure-handed glove to pair up with O’Connell on the infield and hit .302 last spring. A name that should see more playing time this year is MIF Bjorn Pressler (2022; Luther College), who’s an athletic right-handed hitter that completes a well-rounded group of defenders at each infield spot for Eau Claire Memorial.

Luke Erickson

Filling in for his older brother, RHP Roman Trapani (2023) now slots into this starting rotation. Perhaps the only weakness on this roster is their lack of experience on the mound, but the younger Trapani brother showed well last season as a sophomore, pitching to a 3-0 record in his time on the hill. We recently saw Trapani at the Madison Preseason ID, where he ran his fastball up to 87 mph, pitching at 85-87 mph, and showed improved feel for all three of his secondary offerings. The Old Abes have an ace with O’Connell and if Trapani can take that next step from a performance standpoint, Eau Claire Memorial will have two quality arms to compliment a deep, potent lineup.


Few teams will trot a lineup out on a game-to-game basis that’s capable of doing damage like the Old Abes’ group is. They’re talented, experienced, and have all played together for quite some time now, equating to what’s likely to be an all-around offensive assault on a game-to-game basis. If they’re firing on all cylinders come playoff time, watch out for Eau Claire Memorial to make their way back to Appleton in June. 

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