Just another member of the team, absorbing every last drop of the high school experience that he could.
That's how Menomonee Falls Now Newspapers All-Suburban baseball Player of the Year Ty Weber wants to be remembered even as he carved out a now formidable legacy that now includes very large roles in back-to-back WIAA state summer championships.
Such as his 6-for-8 hitting in the two-game WIAA state tournament on July 22. It included the two-run single that he hit in the title game against Marquette that complimented the nine-strikeout, four-hit shutout that he threw in the 2-0 decision.
"I never wanted to be looked at as that kind of guy (a superstar)," said Weber. "I just wanted to be known as the guy who worked the hardest and just wanted to be with his teammates."
Perhaps, but Weber is off to a good start. As he heads to the University of Illinois to continue his career, he leaves a lasting mark on Falls baseball and area baseball in general. His performance won't soon be forgotten in state-tournament lore.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ty Weber, senior Menomonee Falls
Held Marquette to four hits in a 2-0 win, clinching back-to-back state championships for the program. … Illinois commit shuttled back and forth between Illinois campus and Menomonee Falls late in season, including sectional and state games. … Locked down No. 1-ranked West Bend West in sectional final. … Went 7-0 overall with 2.05 ERA and 64 strikeouts and 12 walks, with six complete games. … Averaged 1.5 strikeouts per inning. … Batted .531 with 17 runs scored, eight doubles, two homers and 21 RBIs. … Zero strikeouts this season. … Drafted in 34th round by Cincinnati Reds (did not sign).
COACH OF THE YEAR
Scott Holler, Oak Creek
WBCA Coach of the Year led Knights to their fourth straight Greater Metro Conference title and a school record 31-3 record, which included a school record 19-game winning streak. … Lost to Marquette early in season, 30-4, but defeated Marquette in walk-off fashion to win GMC championship game. … Team scored close to nine runs per game with .388 team average. … Able to overcome limits on top starting pitcher Matt Hamilton (injury).
Jacob Breider, senior, Muskego
Went 8-0 for Classic 8 champion Warriors. … Posted 3.14 ERA in 51 innings, striking out 28 and pitching four complete games. … First-team All Conference.
Matt McCarty, senior, South Milwaukee
First-team All State choice ticketed for Louisville. … Posted 1.25 ERA in 44 innings, with 63 strikeouts and just five walks. … Worked six complete games with one shutout. … Batted .367 at the plate with 29 RBIs and did not play in July. … First-team All State.
Joe Panella, junior, Homestead
First-team All Conference choice in North Shore and second-team All State selection. … Finished 7-2 with one save and 0.92 ERA, with 77 strikeouts and WHIP of 0.90.
Nate Egofske, junior, New Berlin West
Hit .466 with 14 doubles and 32 RBIs. … Threw out 14 of 23 attempted base-stealers and was named first-team All Conference in Woodland. … Posted on-base percentage of .542 and struck out just seven times all season.
Logan Rezash, junior, Greendale
Woodland West Player of the Year named honorable-mention All State. … Hit .415 with 21 RBIs and posted .532 on-base percentage with just three strikeouts. … Threw out 7 of 12 runners trying to steal. … Just one error and two passed balls.
Alex Binelas, sophomore, Oak Creek
Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year and Louisville recruit named first-team All State. … Played shortstop and helped lead Knights to 31-3 record and fourth-straight GMC title. … Hit .453 with 34 runs, 10 doubles, four homers and 41 RBIs. … Walked 22 times and had slugging percentage of .709. … Stole 23 of 26 bases.
Bohan Lee, senior, Greendale
First-team All State choice after leading Panthers with .490 average, five doubles, one triple and three home runs. … Drove in 35 runs and scored 37 more with an on-base percentage of .566 and slugging average of .647. … Drew 19 walks and stole five bases.
Carson Manning, junior, Franklin
Batted .427 (44 for 103) with five doubles, one triple and one home run on his way to first-team All Conference accolades in the Greater Metro. … Scored 37 runs and drove in 18 with .520 on-base percentage. … Stole 13 bases.
Nick Gile, junior, Menomonee Falls
First-team All State choice was key cog for state-champion Falls squad. … Hit .431 with 29 runs, 13 doubles and 25 RBIs. … Doubles mark the third-highest total in school history. … Played shortstop and flashed impressive defense.
Jake Wiedower, senior, St. Francis
Batted .543 with 26 RBIs, nine doubles and 15 stolen bases for a .625 on-base percentage and 1.332 slugging mark. … Metro Classic Player of the Year and District Player of the Year (Division 3). … Helped St. Francis reach state rankings during spring season. … Also pitched, with 1.35 ERA and 84 strikeouts.
DJ Ellifson, senior, Oak Creek
Four-year letterwinner played huge role for 31-3 Knights. … First-team All State choice hit .486 with 31 runs scored, eight doubles and 25 RBIs. … Slugged .649 and stole 10 bases. … Game-winning single in bottom of seventh gave Oak Creek win over Marquette for GMC Tourney title. … Also 4-0 on the hill and served as team’s top pitcher at points this year.
Michael Frasher, senior, Muskego
Second-team All State choice helped Warriors win Classic 8 Conference title. … Finished with 29 RBIs and 29 runs scored, part of .459 on-base percentage and .500 slugging mark. … Posted eight doubles and two triples.
Ben Stanke, junior, Oak Creek
Converted from JV catcher to outfielder, hitting .453 for GMC champion Knights. … Scored 27 runs, belted six doubles and finished with 30 RBIs. … Stole 10 bases and was named second-team All State.
Joey Scaffidi, junior, New Berlin Eisenhower
Returning All-Suburban choice batted .400 with seven triples, 21 RBIs, 18 runs scored and 21 walks, good for a 1.195 OPS. … Named first-team All Conference in Woodland and second-team All State. … Committed to play for UW-Milwaukee after next season.
Spencer Michaelis, senior, Wauwatosa East
Hit .409 with nine doubles, one triple and 23 RBIs. … Went 5-3 on the hill with 1.94 ERA in 50 innings. … Only pitcher in the state to beat Oak Creek and Menomonee Falls this season, including a 3-0 win over Oak Creek and win over Falls in GMC Tournament. … First Tosa East selection for All-Suburban team since 2006 (Jeff Donovan).
Nate Seymour, senior, Germantown
Hit .432 with 25 runs, eight doubles, 20 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .558. … Posted .482 on-base percentage and 1.040 OPS. … Went 5-2 on the hill with 2.16 ERA, notching 31 strikeouts and two saves. … Handled 64 total chances in the field with two errors.
HIGH HONORABLE MENTION
PITCHER: Tyler Bujanowski, senior, Oak Creek; Corey Liebherr, senior, New Berlin West; Jeff Mason, sophomore, Wauwatosa East; Logan Roble, junior, Menomonee Falls
CATCHER: Carson Youngquist, senior, Sussex Hamilton
INFIELD: Ryan Cho, senior, Homestead; Brett Finke, senior, Muskego; Zach Kornburger, senior, Menomonee Falls; Nick Paget, freshman, New Berlin West
OUTFIELD: Ben DeGracie, senior, South Milwaukee; Cole Mir, junior, Menomonee Falls; Ryan Piontek, junior, Menomonee Falls; Caleb Wagner, senior, Muskego; Bryce Wesling, junior, New Berlin Eisenhower
UTILITY: Aaron Goecks, senior, Brookfield Academy; Matt Hamilton, senior, Oak Creek; T.C. Swittel, senior, Brookfield East
COACH: Tom Farina, New Berlin West; Pat Hansen, Menomonee Falls; Brian Johnsen, Greendale; Jared Kwiatkowski, St. Francis; Jacob Paige, Muskego; Pete Schwichtenberg, Wauwatosa East
PITCHER: Danny Butler, sophomore, Brookfield East; Joe Caban, senior, St. Thomas More; Garrett Erfourth, senior, St. Francis ; Chris Fuller, senior, Dominican; Taylor Just, junior, Brookfield Academy; Shawn Salem, senior, Brown Deer; Drew Schreihart, senior, Sussex Hamilton; Brandon Stachowiak, senior, Cudahy
CATCHER: Ben Grabowski, junior, Shorewood; Mike Hensel, senior, Germantown; Max Hoffman, senior, Martin Luther; Rusty Murphy, junior, Cudahy; Tyler O'Brien, junior, West Allis Hale; Brooks Ralph, senior, Homestead; Cole Vento, junior, Brookfield East; Ryan Zizzo, junior, Muskego
INFIELD: Ty Botsford, senior, Sussex Hamilton; Tyler Davidson, senior, Martin Luther; Sean Denny, senior, Wauwatosa East; Aaron Eimers, freshman, Shorewood; Jake Fisher, senior, Whitefish Bay; Garrison Ferone, sophomore, Shorewood; Cade Garcia, sophomore, Whitefish Bay; Mitchell Gnadt, sophomore, Greendale; Ty Greco, senior, Whitnall; Mike Hartmann, junior, St. Francis; Luke Howard, sophomore, Martin Luther; Quinn Hyndiuk, senior, Brookfield East; J.J. Morgan, senior, Wauwatosa West; Jordan Ruhland, junior, Brown Deer; Jake Simuncak, junior, South Milwaukee; ; Travis Styer, senior, Brookfield East; Ryan Tobin, senior, Muskego; Sam Valona, junior, West Allis Hale; Tyler Woldt, senior, Homestead;
OUTFIELD: Matt Emmer, senior, Menomonee Falls; Quinn Eyre, senior, Germantown; Jacob Greenberg, senior, Wauwatosa West; Michael Hauser, senior, Brookfield Central; Sam Herriges, senior, Sussex Hamilton; Kyle Jablonski, junior, Greenfield; Alex Kalisnig, junior, Muskego; Carson Kimple, sophomore, Whitefish Bay; Dakoda Lee, senior, Martin Luther; Brandon Lobacz, sophomore, Greenfield; Kurt Mlachnik, junior, West Allis Central; Austin Pielsnik, junior, Cudahy; Luke Posig, junior, Oak Creek; JT Reed, senior, Whitnall; Daniel Schiff, junior, Nicolet; Conor Stoming, junior, Germantown
UTILITY: Joe Dubois, senior, Brookfield Central; Zach Esenberg, junior, Greenfield; Ryan Hubbell, junior, Sussex Hamilton; Isaiah Mundt, senior, West Allis Hale; Dawson Provolo, junior, Cudahy; Jayvin Redieske, senior, Whitnall; Jake Rybakowicz, senior, Whitefish Bay; Ed Trensch, senior, Whitnall; Mac Wolfe, senior, Dominican
COACH: Chad Janetzke, Martin Luther; Mike Schramek, Sussex Hamilton