First year coach Jerry Sullivan greeted 25 players for the start of the season. Bob Kahle, Larry Tresness, Gary Kuntz, Andy Tresness, Mac Winker, and Jerry Krueger were returning lettermen to the squad and they assisted Coach Sullivan in developing a team that had lost their top two pitchers from a year ago as well
as their starting catcher Dennie Kasianowicz, who was ineligible because of age. Their work was definitely cut out for them but there were more smiles than frowns as the season unfolded. Solid pitching, timely hitting and aggressive base running produced some great memories in their 12-2 season.
Varsity members were Lornie Haugen, Gene Swan, Bob Martinson, Gary Kuntz, Dar Clements, Richard Pickett, Dan Johnson, Andy Tresness, Ernie Pflum, Bob McKinney, Jerry Krueger, Larry Tresness, Bob Kahle, and Mac Winker.
Junior varsity members were Don Arneson, Dennis Running, Bob Huhn, Ken Kjer, Bernie Haring, Lynn Scheller, John Gable, Jim VanderVoort, Ray Robinson, Jerry McCarthy, Don Krueger, and Jerry Schoone.
12-9 win over Rib Lake (Smokey Kuntz went 3-4 while Bob McKinney went 2-3 to lead the team in their victory over a solid team).
6-5 win over Florence (This was a 10-inning game that saw a stubborn 7-7 team come ready to play baseball. Tomahawk's offense was led by Jerry Krueger batting 3-5 and Larry Tresness 2-4. With both teams missing opportunities in the eighth and ninth, the game came down to the bottom of the tenth, when with two out Dennis Running beat out an infield hit and took second on a passed ball. Lornie Haugen drove a single, moving Running to third. Jerry Krueger stepped up to the plate and hit a hard grounder to second base. He was called safe, as he out hustled a throw to first as the first baseman dropped the ball in all of the excitement, giving Tomahawk the close win).
3-2 win over Maple (The first round of sectionals saw Tomahawk down 2-0 after five innings. Jerry Krueger and Larry Tresness both scored in the sixth off a hit by Gary Kuntz that dropped between the short stop and center fielder to tie the game. Bob Kahle, in the game of his life, hit a seventh inning single to score Bob Martinson who was running for Ernie Pflum).
2-1 win over Chetek (Tomahawk was 11-1 and Chetek was 13-1 coming into the game. Chetek was also a 1958 state entry and figured that they could save their ace, as Bob Pierce was a solid performer good enough to beat most teams. Dennis Overby, Chetek's ace, was a six foot hurler and was being recruited by the pros. Up to this game he had pitched 60 1/3 innings, giving up 11 hits, no earned runs and had 21 walks while striking out 139. Two of hie wins were perfect games. Larry Tresness was given his first high school start and a double by Mac Winker drove in two runs that would stand up. Playing the game of their life, Tomahawk battled so intensely that Chetek brought Overby to the mound in the fourth inning. But it was too late. With one out and bases loaded for Chetek, Jerry Krueger, catcher, took charge of the second out with a pop fly behind home plate. Dennis Running, left fielder, took charge of a shot to end the game. Tomahawk had defeated the sectional favorites and found, themselves in the state tournament in Eau Claire).
10-0 loss to Oconomowoc (Tomahawk faced one of the state's top pitchers, Dave Bresnehan, who had the bats to back up his arm. Oconomowoc did not take Tomahawk lightly because of their upset over Chetek. Bresnehan's solid pitching and hitting led Oconomowoc to the state title. Tough way to end a season, but their efforts gave us plenty of memories to talk about in the future.
Some season stats were Ernie Pflum 7-1, Mac Winker 2-1 and Larry Tresness 2-0 on the mound, with Larry Tresness hitting .469 to lead the team at the plate.