Just another member of the team, absorbing every last drop of the high school experience that he could.
That's how Menomonee Falls Now All-Suburban baseball Player of the Year Ty Weber wants to be remembered even as he carved out a now formidable legacy that 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 July 22. It included the two-run single that he hit in the title game against Marquette that complemented 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."
Said a man who finished his career with a 23-3 pitching record and who didn't strike out in 2016 in compiling a .531 batting average.
That legacy and need to be one of the guys included finishing up his summer classes at the University of Illinois (where he will be on a baseball scholarship starting this fall) at 12:50 p.m. each Thursday, grabbing a bite to eat and being on the road north to the Falls by 1:30 p.m. so he could help the Indians out as best he could on the weekends.
Others always drove as Weber does not have a car yet.
There was one amazing moment this summer where he got to Trenary Park late for a Thursday game. He hopped out of the car, changed into his uniform, was inserted into the eighth spot and put in left field by coach Pat Hansen (he seldom played out there) and then proceeded to crack an extra base hit in his first at-bat.
He actually felt bad about such moments.
"I think it was a little hard at times being gone all week and then showing up on game day and getting into a game like that," Weber said. "I felt bad for the kids who worked all week and then I come along and take their spot. My goal in those situations was to just bring as much energy as I could in the one or two games a week I could play."
A lot of energy.
Because despite missing several Greater Metro Conference games during the week, his contributions were notable in a big way. They were enough, when combined with his brilliant state play, to earn him WBCA State Summer Player of the Year honors. He was joined on the first-team of WBCA All-State and on the Now All-Suburban team by junior shortstop Nick Gile.
In doing all this, Weber stepped out of the shadow of his father, Falls assistant coach and Hall of Famer Dave Weber, and became his own man. A strong enough man to turn down an impressive financial offer from the Cincinnati Reds, who picked him in the MLB Draft this summer. He did that so he could honor the commitment he made two years ago to Illinois. He plans on studying sports management en route to becoming a top-flight pitcher for the Fighting Illini.
It was a series of efforts that made a serious impression.
"There's no doubt that there was pressure on him from the moment that he stepped onto the varsity as a freshman," said Hansen. "No matter who your father is, it's tough being a freshman on varsity and then to have your dad be one of the coaches makes it even more difficult, but he handled it great. He handled it well as a freshman and then he proved time and again he could handle big-game situations."
"It was just great to be there at the state tournament and watch Ty be as great as we knew he could be," said Homestead coach Ernie Millard, whose program hosted the state event at Kapco. "If there was a better performance at the state tournament in recent years I'd like someone to show it to me. I'm just so happy for Pat (coach Hansen) and Dave (Weber). It's hard enough for a kid out there when there's not that much pressure.
"But for him (Ty) to go out there and not only meet but exceed all the expectations surrounding him is just amazing."
It was like Ty said after his impressive effort in the state final against Marquette,
"I knew the moment was big enough," he said.
Ty is also a strong enough individual to admit that his amazing athletic skills in his sizable frame (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) don't all come from his father.
"My mom (Jamie) jokes around a little bit about that," Ty said, "because she was a state level sprinter (in track) when she was in high school and she says she never gets the credit for my speed (laughs)."
That speed was on display in an impressive RBI triple in the sectional final victory over West Bend West on July 18.
And he knew he wouldn't have gotten anywhere without the amazing efforts of a veteran supporting cast. He endlessly praised the effort of junior pitcher Logan Roble, who shut out New Holstein in the state semifinal game and couldn't talk enough about the shortstop Gile, who nailed a speedy Marquette runner from deep in the hole for the final out of the state title game.
"Nick's always been a guy with a great work ethic," said Ty. "He's always taking the extra swings in batting practice and the extra ground balls on the infield. Just watch the range he has, the arm he has. To have someone with that kind of ability behind you (as a pitcher) is a great comfort."
Gile said that the final play was a blur.
"I just knew I wanted the ball to be hit to me," he said.
It was a confidence that Gile said came from both having Ty around and not having him around.
"We knew he'd be missing some key conference games (because of school at Illinois) but we really didn't skip a beat,'" Gile said. "'It actually made us stronger not having him around at times and when he was back, it just added firepower to our lineup. What he did for the team (traveling back and forth) was really selfless."
It was a selflessness that extended into other quarters. Weber, who was a tri-captain with outfielder Matt Emmer and infielder Zach Kornburger, wanted to play football this past fall but suffered a knee injury that not only took him out of football but out of basketball, too. Emmer got knocked out of both sports also because of a shoulder problem, but the pair remained active as co-captains for the basketball team.
"Even though we couldn't play, we went to as many practices as we could and to all the games," said Ty. "We just wanted to be around the team to support the rest of the guys."
Like good teammates would.
The four-month recovery from the knee injury didn't slow him down in the least and set him up for his biggest role in the state title game against Marquette.
Again, the moment was not too big for Ty.
"After the bullpen session, I felt good, I felt strong," he said, '"and I got stronger as the game went along."
Right until that moment Gile fielded that final ball and Weber and the Indians entered history.
"That just validated all the sacrifice, all the work, all the practices that were put in," said Ty. "For things to end on the highest note possible and to win the final game. Just amazing."