Summer Sluggers: Cashton’s recreational ball teams start the season


School’s out.

Which means summer is officially here. Which also means that the future generation of Eagle sluggers will be honing their skills in Village Park over the next two months.

The summer program serves kids ages 4 through 14 between t-ball, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U teams.

For softball, the staff is slim. Nick Wall serves as the sole coach for all levels, and is welcome for any help that a dedicated invidual, or individuals, could provide.  Wall has been coaching for the summer recreational program since 2017.

Despite the staffing shortage, Wall is excited for the season.

“Our goals for this year are the same as every year, to learn more about the game of softball, to improve our skills, and most importantly, to have fun,” said Wall.

On the baseball side, full time coaches for all levels include Jeff Moreno and recent Cashton graduate Gavyn Wuerzberger. Aiden Brown, Trent Kast, and Owen Von Ruden serve as assistant coaches, along with some current high school students.

Wuerzberger’s high school season ended last week in a division 4 regional final to De Soto, but he was eager to jump back into the summer baseball saddle.

“This is my third year coaching,” said Wuerzberger. “I was excited from moving out of [playing] baseball to coaching summer rec,”

Wuerzberger’s high school head coach Moreno serves as the lead coordinator for the baseball program. Moreno has been a part of the youth summer baseball league since 2007.

“I’ve been at it a little while,” said Moreno.

Moreno mentioned that t-ball starts June 6, but will take place every Thursday at 7 p.m in the Village Park. Any child between the ages of 4-6 years old is welcome to participate. There is no fee, but registration must be completed. The form can be found at

As of today, 66 girls are registered for softball and 70 boys are registered for baseball. Not including t-ball numbers, the program serves around 180 kids from all over the area.

Baseball will start up their games on Monday, June 10 at De Soto. The 10U team will play at 4 p.m., with 12U at 5 p.m.

The first game for softball is on Tuesday, June 11 at North Crawford, with 10U starting at 4 p.m. and 12U at 5 p.m.

“The overall goal of the program is to to develop young ball players while giving them every opportunity to have fun and make great summer memories,” said Moreno.