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WIAA Team to Watch: Altoona

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By: Maddox Durst
Staff writer

The 2024 Wisconsin high school baseball season is fast approaching and, as usual, there is a lot of excitement across the state. Players and coaches have been preparing for the upcoming season and like every year, there are some very talented players and teams throughout the Badger State.

Teams across the state have goals and ambitions to finish their season in their respective WIAA Division State Championships, but there is still much work to be done before that becomes a reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams with this first Preseason Power 25 release, which will take us all the way to first pitch.

Please check back throughout the season as we are your one-stop shop for all things high school baseball across Wisconsin. Every week we publish our Power 25, Players of the Week, Diamond Notes, Scout Blog and much more.

Our 2024 preseason coverage continues today.

Secondary school: Altoona Railroaders
Head Coach: Craig Walter
WIAA Department: 2
Conference: Middle limit
Balance sheet 2023 (end): 21-5 (state semifinalists)

Lost key players: Evan Gustafson (Oregon State), Christian Varsho (Winona State University)


Squad preview

Number of returning starters: 7
Number of returning pitchers: 5

Trent Cornell WI 2024 MIF San Francisco
Mason Long WI 2024 RHP/OF
Keaton Camastral WI 2024 RHP/INF
AJ Lenbrg WI 2024 USEFUL
Cameron St John WI 2025 RHP/1B
Bennett Stokke WI 2025 RHP
Kellen Smith WI 2025 INF/RHP

TEAM OUTLOOK

Altoona remained at the bottom of the Power 25 for most of the 2023 season and finally made some noise in the playoffs, making a run that ended in the state tournament semifinals.

With the help of their top player and 2023 Middle Border Player of the Year in RHP Bennett Stokke (2025), the Railroaders are back as contenders for the Division 2 crown. While they will have to replace some of the production on both ends of the field, Stokkes showed up Skills continue to be good on the mound Eau Claire preseason ID– accelerating his fastball up to 89 mph in a clean swing.

RHP/1B Cameron St. John (2025) is one of the strongest bats in the state, recently reaching 94 mph in a strong bullpen session Milwaukee preseason ID a few weeks ago.

SS Trent Cornell (2024; committed to San Francisco) is one of the leaders of this group and is surrounded by key contributors to RHP/OF Mason Long (2024), RHP/INF Keaton Camastral (2024) and INF/RHP Kellen Smith (2025). Lange and Camastral combined to go 9-0 on the mound last season and continue to add depth to this group.


For more information about the 2024 Altoona program, see below:

TEAM PREVIEW 2024