American Legion baseball: Oconto Falls standout named to All-Star Game

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Kamdan Bloom will join the Stripes team
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Catcher Kamdan Bloom will represent Oconto Falls at the American Legion All-Star Game on August 5. (Times Herald file photo)

The Oconto Falls Legion baseball team boasts a dangerous lineup from top to bottom, and a big reason behind the team’s summer success has been because of the play of Kamdan Bloom, who serves as one of the team’s top run-producers.

Bloom also serves as the team’s primary catcher, helping guide his teammates through games and to victories.

Bloom, a recently graduated senior who will join the Edgewood College baseball team in the fall, was recently honored for his strong play with a roster spot for the American Legion All-Star Game. He will join the Stripes team, which will face the Stars roster at Miller Park on Aug. 5 following the completion of the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies regular season matchup.

The selection to the All-Star Game is a accomplishment that Bloom will not soon forget.

“Making that All-Star Game means that there are people in my community that believe in me not only as a baseball player, but as a person,” he said. “To be nominated to represent Oconto Falls and the Oconto Falls American Legion Post 302 is humbling and I hope I make everyone in my community proud.”

To be considered for a spot in the All-Star Game, a player must be nominated. Terry Umentum, the Oconto Falls Legion team manager, was the one who nominated Bloom and gave the standout the great news prior to a recent game.

Along with thanking Umentum for the nomination, Bloom also thanked all the other individuals in his life that helped him achieve the special honor.

“It is a huge honor and is the perfect culmination to a career where countless coaches, mentors, family members and teammates helped me become a better player and person,” Bloom said.

Bloom grew up playing the sport and like many others hoped to one day play on a MLB field. Unlike most athletes with that dream, Bloom will actually get that opportunity on Aug. 5.

Players will be announced with their respective All-Star teammates prior to the Brewers, Rockies game and then take the field following the game.

“I am so pumped,” Bloom said. “It’s a dream come true, every kid that played baseball growing up always dreamed of playing on a major league diamond and I can finally live out that dream.”

Bloom will get to play amongst some of the same guys he competed against throughout his baseball career. Kyle Finger, a catcher for Clintonville, is one of the individuals Bloom is most excited to play alongside.

“I am looking forward to catching up with some players that I have played and gotten to know throughout my baseball career,” Bloom said. “Kyle Finger, a friend that I have played high school ball against, and I are on the same team. There’s probably going to be some bets made on who can play the best.”

The Stripes team also rosters Black River Falls’ Ethan Anderson, Plover’s Derek Baumgartner, Westby’s Carter Bergdahl, Fond du Lac’s Jack Cole, Seymour’s Trevor Cornell, Lake Geneva’s Coleby Curtis, Green Lake’s Tanner Drews, Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb, Onalaska’s Daniel Garrity, Merrill’s Brody Gehrke, Wausau’s Grant Hill, Sparta’s Greg Jacobs, Stoddard’s Noah Jacobson, Altoona’s Alec Johnson, Eau Claire’s Jaxon Kostka, Wisconsin Rapids’ Caleb Krommenakker, Menomonie’s Bret Lecheler, Hortonville’s Connor Roesler, Chippewa Falls’ Lucas Steinmetz, Bay Port’s Bobby Tilot, Kewaunee County’s Austin Tlachac and De Pere’s Matt Willems.

The team will be coached by Altoona’s Michael Jinkins, Bonduel’s Jason Boldt and Kimberly’s Ben Nabbefeld.