Edgewood College graduate Matt Krueger got “the call” Australian-style earlier this month. Krueger, pitching since October for the Wanneroo Giants of the Western Australia State League, was promoted up to the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League, the highest level of professional baseball on the continent.
Krueger's Perth Heat bio page
Krueger, a native of Madison and a graduate of Madison West High School, was added to the Heat roster in time for their January 6-9 series at the Sydney Blue Sox. He didn’t get into a game in Sydney, although Perth swept the four-game series. The next weekend, Krueger made his ABL debut pitching the final 1.2 innings of a 15-6 victory on the road against the Melbourne Aces. He struck out two batters, allowing just one hit and one walk.
This weekend, Perth is hosting Melbourne in the final four-game series of the year. Despite losing today, the Heat have clinched a playoff berth and hold a half-game lead for first place in the ABL. The playoffs begin on January 27 with a best-of-three games semifinal series.
Krueger graduated from Edgewood College last spring as one of the top pitchers in Eagle history. He was a second team All-Midwest Region selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association and went 13-1 in his career with 116 strikeouts.