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Baseball is in the air in Merrill

Clarence Glenetzke Clarence Glenetzke
Greg Ament Greg Ament
Bill Boyd, Jr. Bill Boyd, Jr.
UW-Stevens Point Head Coach Pat Bloom UW-Stevens Point Head Coach Pat Bloom

MERRILL (WAOW) - We may be a few weeks away from hearing the crack (or ping) of the bat around here.   But it is time to talk baseball.

Tonight the Merrill Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes its newest class. It includes Clarence Glenetzke, Greg Ament and Bill Boyd, Jr.  In addition, the 1974 Merrill High School baseball team will be honored for reaching the state tournament for the first time.

Clarence Glenetzke grew up in Wausau, and was a four-time letter winner at Wausau High School.  After high school he pitched for the Wausau Lumberjacks and later in the professional ranks.  He eventually starred for the Merrill Rangers from 1950-'62.  That was the glory years of the Rangers, when they won four league championships and three straight state titles.

Greg Ament took on a variety of roles on the baseball field.  He was a star player at the high school and American Legion level.  He also coach little league and was the league president for three years.  In addition, he umpired high school and legion games.  Three times he umpired in the WIAA State Tournament.

Bill Boyd, Jr. competed in three state tournaments during his high school career.  As a senior he picked up the victory in the state quarterfinal game.  As a shortstop in the semifinal he went 4-4 at the plate.  He was named all tournament as both a shortstop and pitcher and was named the MVP of the state tournament.

The 1974 Merrill baseball team went 18-4.  Of the 15 team members, 7 of them hold a top 5 spot in at least one category in the Merrill record books.

UW-Stevens Point head coach Pat Bloom will be the keynote speaker.  He's entering his 9th season with the Pointers, as the school's all-time winningest coach.  He holds a 260-122 record.  Under his direction, the Pointers went to the Division III World Series in 2006 and 2007.  

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