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Blake Kretovics accepts baseball scholarship offer from Winona State

New Richmond High School senior Blake Kretovics (second from left) signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play baseball at Winona State University. He's shown with Tiger varsity baseball coach Travis Helland (left) and his parents, Molly and Dan Kretovics (right).

New Richmond High School baseball standout Blake Kretovics will play collegiately at Winona State University.

Wednesday was national college letter of intent signing day and Kretovics made his choice official by signing to play at Winona State. The signing was held during a NRHS lunch period so many of Kretovics’ teammates and friends could attend the event.

Kretovics has been a member of the Tiger varsity squad since his freshman season and he was one of the offensive leaders as the Tigers won the Middle Border Conference championship in 2017. Last year Kretovics hit .350 with 25 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. He’s feared because of his power hitting. Last year, 10 of his 27 hits went for extra bases, including six triples.

The biggest decision for Kretovics was whether to play baseball or football in college. He received a great deal of attention for his play in football, with nearly every Wisconsin Division 3 university contacting him, plus a number of NCAA Division 2 programs from around the Midwest.

Kretovics said he was leaning toward playing college football until he heard from Winona State baseball coach Kyle Poock. Kretovics said he was impressed with Winona’s strong academics, especially the exercise science program, which is what he intends to study.

The Tigers are scheduled to start their 2018 baseball season on Thursday. They are scheduled to play a double-header against Eau Claire North at the Woodside Sports Complex in Mauston. The games are scheduled to begin at 2:30 and 5 p.m.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.

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