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Published On: May 3rd, 2024

LA CROSSE, WIS. –  As the anticipation builds for the upcoming 2024 season, the La Crosse Loggers are diligently bolstering their roster. With each passing day, the team is proudly unveiling new additions, including a formidable trio hailing from LSU. Freshman infielder Ryan Kucherak, freshman outfielder Derrick Mitchell, and incoming sophomore Trevor Schmidt have all inked contracts with the Loggers, adding depth and talent to the lineup.

Ryan Kucherak, a standout shortstop from Arizona’s Class of 2023, boasts impressive accolades on both the regional and national stage. Ranked as Arizona’s No. 2 shortstop and 15th overall prospect by Perfect Game in 2023, Kucherak’s talent is evident. Despite facing injury setbacks in his senior year at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, he maintained a remarkable .325 career batting average with notable slugging and on-base percentages of .588 and .478, respectively. Kucherak played a pivotal role in securing Class 6A state titles for Hamilton High in 2022 and 2023, showcasing his prowess on the field.

Derrick Mitchell emerged as a standout talent from the baseball-rich state of Texas, holding impressive rankings as the No. 5 outfielder and the 18th overall player in the state, as recognized by Perfect Game. Nationally, he’s esteemed as the 33rd outfielder by the same reputable source. Mitchell’s prowess at the plate is undeniable, evidenced by his stellar .402 batting average during his junior year in 2022, punctuated by 21 extra-base hits, including a remarkable nine triples. His exceptional skills earned him a coveted spot on the USA Baseball 17-U National Team Championship All-Tournament team during the summer of 2022, showcasing his ability to excel on a grand stage.

Trevor Schmidt showcases his formidable presence on the diamond with an impressive performance so far in the 2024 season. In 40 games, he has notched 55 hits, including 14 doubles, 5 triples, and a noteworthy 12 home runs, contributing to a staggering 115 total bases. Schmidt’s offensive prowess is evident, tallying 60 RBIs while boasting a remarkable batting average of .342 and an on-base percentage of .457.

Kucherak, Mitchell, Schmidt, and the rest of the Loggers will open their 2024 campaign on May 27 when they travel west to Mankato, Minn. to take on the MoonDogs.  The 2024 home opener is set for May 29 at Copeland Park & Events Center.  Season tickets and ticket packages for the 22nd season of Loggers Baseball are on sale now with information available at or by calling the Loggers ticket office at 608-796-9553.  Fans can also visit the Loggers office at 1225 Caledonia Street, La Crosse between 8:30-5, Monday thru Friday.


The La Crosse Loggers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 31st season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 26 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, 300 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Series Champion Max Scherzer (TEX), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (STL) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (ATL). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Loggers as your favorite team.