Peninsula High School graduate Ben Weymiller continues to impress on the baseball diamond, recently garnering a selection for the all-state baseball game in Yakima on June 13.
“It was a great honor,” said Weymiller, who’s enrolled at the University of Washington for the fall semester. “It gave me some reassurance. I put in a lot of work with my teammates. It was cool to have the opportunity to represent them.”
Playing with and against the best players in the state, Weymiller was a force for the “St. Helens” team, collecting two hits including an RBI triple, as his team knocked off “Rainier,” 3-1. Weymiller was named his team’s MVP for the game.
“It was a decent game,” Weymiller said. “It was fun to compete with a lot of the top players in the state and really get to test yourself against some good competition. It was a lighthearted atmosphere, everyone was having fun. It was a really good time.”
For his efforts, the MVP was given a helmet, signed by all the players on the team. With so many good players there, Weymiller said he’ll hang on to the helmet.
“One of those signatures is bound to be worth something someday,” he said.
Weymiller was named to the Class 3A All State Second Team, which means he’ll get a banner with his name along the outfield wall at Peninsula High School. It was one of Weymiller’s goals heading into the season. Playing against some of the state’s best players in Yakima and meeting people from all over the state was a thrill for the Peninsula grad.
“It was exciting ... getting the opportunity to be around the best competition,” Weymiller said. “It gives you a look what could be coming up and a little bit of validation. You hear about these guys, (and) being able to compete with them is a really cool feeling. It kind of validates what we’ve been working on for a really long time.”
Weymiller, who batted over .400 for Peninsula in the spring, has been in touch with the UW baseball staff about playing for the Huskies. While it’s not a sure thing, Weymiller hopes he can find himself a spot on the roster. If he does, he’ll do what he’s always done: compete like crazy. While he played shortstop in high school, Weymiller would likely fill a utility role at UW, at least at first.
“Wherever the need is, I feel comfortable filling it,” he said. “I’ve been practicing my versatility a lot, taking as many reps as possible and making sure I advance my hitting game while also sharpening up my defensive positions. With all the possible opportunities that could present themselves, I want to allow them to flourish.”
For now, Weymiller is enjoying the summer, playing on the Narrows Baseball Club with a number of other talented Gig Harbor baseball players. Playing in the all-state baseball game was icing on the cake.
“I really enjoyed getting to meet some really good human beings over (in Yakima),” Weymiller said. “The baseball was wonderful, but I just got to meet some cool people from around the state — really humble and gracious human beings.”