'You get out of it what you put into it.'
Menomonee Falls assistant baseball coach Dave Weber made that statement as he was celebrating the Indians' remarkable second straight WIAA state title July 22 at Kapco Park in Mequon.
His son, Ty, had just completed one of the most impressive days of anyone in the history of the 51-year-old state summer tournament.
He went 6-for-8 at the plate over two games, driving in the only runs in the Indians' 2-0 victory over Greater Metro Conference rival Marquette in the final, pitching a complete-game, four-hit shutout along the way.
Dave was immensely pleased that his 6-4, 220-pound Illinois-bound son had overcome the pressure and lived up to all the hype that surrounded him when he came into high school four years ago.
But he was more happy for Ty in the context of the bigger picture of what was accomplished tonight.
'All of the hard work that was put in,' Dave said. 'For him, it came down to his love of the game, his teammates, his coaches, his school and his community. Just the pride he had in representing the Falls.'
Dave then looked around at Ty and his teammates, who were joyously exchanging hugs and taking endless pictures.
Among them were many other seniors, many of them friends of Ty's who had also put in the same amount of effort, who also had been dreaming dreams about state titles since they were kids.
Who fulfilled those dreams not once, but twice.
'I'm happy to see any athlete succeed who puts in that level of commitment because you do get out of it what you put into it,' Dave Weber said. 'These guys put in that level of commitment and got everything out of it that they could.'
Ty Weber certainly exemplified that attitude.
Even in the tense seventh inning on the warm night, he was not letting anything go. He struck out the first two batters he faced (giving him nine for the night) and surrendered a walk on a borderline pitch but then got a groundout to shortstop Nick Gile to finish things off.
'I was a little tired, but I really felt like I could have gone a couple of more innings at least,' he said. 'The adrenaline was really pumping. I felt like I could go forever.
'I'll probably feel it tomorrow,' he added with a laugh.
His bases-loaded single in the third scored Ryan Piontek and Zach Kornburger and would give him all the cushion he needed.
The victory allowed the Indians to finish the season at 25-10, and it also gave them the season series with Marquette (27-7), two games to one.
They became the first team since Franklin in 2010 and 2011 to claim back-to-back titles in the summer series. Since 2010, a Greater Metro Conference team has won the title in six of seven seasons.
Many others helped Ty Weber get the job done. The Indians did not commit an error in either the semifinal win over New Holstein or the final.
Great plays made
A lot of that had to do with players like junior leftfielder Cole Mir, who made several great plays over the five-game tournament series but saved his best for last.
The Hilltoppers' Joe Acker led off the sixth with a first-pitch bomb to deep left field. Mir kept going back and back until he nearly crashed into the fence. No one was sure if he had caught the ball, but then the roar went up from Falls' rooting section.
The catch became important because two batters later, Marquette's Jack Dwyer hit the fourth and last single of the night for the Hilltoppers.
'I was trying not to think about how close the fence was,' Mir said. 'I could lie to you and say I had it all the way, but in a situation like that, you start things by instinct and you finish them by instinct.
'It all comes down to taking hundreds of fly balls in practice so you can come up big when it really counts.'
Mir also had five hits over the course of the two games on the day.
Senior co-captain Kornburger started the third inning by grabbing Ryan Hecht's groundball while ranging hard toward second base and then making a dead-on throw while falling down to get the out.
That became important because an out later, Peter Ahn had a hit for the Hilltoppers.
To Kornburger, it all came down to confidence in the pitchers and confidence in the team.
'Psychologically, we all had confidence in (Logan) Roble this afternoon (in the semifinal win over New Holstein), and we always have all the confidence in the world when Ty's on the mound,' he said. 'That play over there (in the third), I was just trying to get rid of it and make a play.'
'Everybody on the defense just picked it up. I think we committed only one error the last four or five games combined.'
Indian head coach Pat Hansen, whose second state-title win was the 422nd overall win of his career, was also impressed by the level of commitment and concentration the Indians showed.
'The defense was great all day,' he said, 'and today, the pitching was fantastic, too. I really can't say enough about our guys (Ty Weber and the defense) because that Marquette lineup is as good as it gets.
'But not one (Marquette) guy reached third base. It was a real state-championship performance.'
In the end, Falls players who wanted to keep celebrating had to be chased out of Kapco by WIAA officials.
'This is amazing,' said senior centerfielder and co-captain Matt Emmer. 'We've been talking about doing this since we were 12 years old. We talked about doing it last year, and now we have a second title. It's awesome.
'We knew we were a good defensive team, and we were hitting the ball with confidence. We were making all those plays out there, with all that pressure on us. We just strapped on our belts and got it done.'
Kornburger added, 'What an awesome, amazing way to finish high school. This one feels better than last year because this was a much better game, first pitch to last. Just an incredible game.'
Ty Weber, who took off at the end of the weekend so he could continue with his summer-school classes at Illinois, couldn't agree more.
He's put a lot of time in over the years and a lot of miles going back and forth between Illinois and home on the weekends this summer. He felt the needed to be there for everyone when they needed him.
'Compared to last year, it was different,' he said. 'We didn't have a huge winning streak going into the tournament, but the experience helped. We knew when to turn it on.
'When I found out I was getting the ball for this game, I just wanted to do my best and it ended up all right.'
In short, he got out of it what he put into it.