By Cara L. Dempski
EAU CLAIRE — Elk Mound’s Cole Tyman could not join the Eau Claire Cavaliers baseball team until a couple weeks ago, but he already seems to be fitting in well.
The Cavaliers’ manager, Matt Miller, said Tyman is quiet and mostly keeps to himself, but seems to get fired up for games.
“He works hard at his baseball trade, and I like to find guys like him,” Miller noted. “His work ethic and attitude seem to rub off on other players.”
[emember_protected] Tyman had just completed his first season with the College of St. Scholastica Saints when he joined the Cavaliers at the beginning of June. The Saints copped an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament win in Duluth May 13 before heading to UW-Whitewater May 18-21 for NCAA Division III regional play.
The team beat St. Norbert College and Adrian College, but could not get past UW-LaCrosse or the University of St. Thomas to advance further in the playoffs.
The former Elk Mound catcher is listed on the Cavaliers’ roster as a catcher, infielder and outfielder. He has not yet had much opportunity to play as a catcher because Fall Creek’s Cole Cline beat him to the position this season.
Miller has instead used Tyman frequently at third base or in center field, where he has so far proved effective. The team manager said he is enjoying Tyman’s enthusiasm for the game.
“We were short on guys for a trip to Hudson last weekend (June 10 and 11), but Cole was one who could make it,” Miller said. “I was playing the infield, and I could hear Cole over everyone from the outfield. It was fun to hear him cheering his team on.”
The Cavaliers’ manager also said he appreciates Tyman’s willingness to take on as many different positions as possible, since he believes the more positions a player learns, the better off he will be in the long run.
Miller describes Tyman as having a high baseball IQ; in other words, he is a player who instantly takes any coaching to heart, and immediately implements what is being asked of him.
“In a game where it can sometimes be hard to get everyone to work together and stay positive, that’s a great thing to have,” Miller finished.
Tyman had a unique opportunity to face one of his high school teammates, Brandon Bohl, when the Cavaliers hosted the Menomonie Eagles June 6. The Cavaliers bested the visiting Eagles 5-2. [/emember_protected]