Mason Wiesner, age 8, son of Troy and Heather Wiesner of Manawa, has something to be proud of. After competing in the Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run; a skills competition for boys and girls, Wiesner has brought home first place finishes from each event.
Competing locally, Mason earned his first, 1st place finish, in New London. “Just a few kids were there to participate,” said Heather. “They got a certificate there and we really did not think it was a big deal. But, their scores go into a pool of kids from other local competitions, which allowed them to advance to the next level.”
Mason, along with his big brother Ethan, 10, advanced to the Timber Rattler’s Stadium, for the next level of competition. “It was pretty neat, we got to do our pitching in the Timber Rattlers Bull Pen,” said Ethan.
Placing first once again, Mason moved on to Miller Park in Milwaukee. “He won two tickets to the game that day and the Brewers played the Twins,” said Heather. “We had always wanted to go to a game, so we made a day out of it.” She adds, “The winners of the competition were all shown on the Jumbo-Tron during the game.” Ethan was quick to say that he thought it was neat, while Mason chimes in that, “It was all a little scary to have everyone there looking at me.”
Mason competed right on the field prior to the game. “It was so big,” he said. “Its over double the size of the field I usually play on.” Ethan adds, “Mason picked up a handful of dirt for me. He said since I could not be down there with him, at least I could touch a part of the field.”
More than 600,000 youth compete nation-wide for these events. Mason was one of three children in the state for his age group to compete at Miller Park. He finished first here which made him one of 30 children in the nation eligible for the All-Star Competition in Phoenix. Unfortunately, Mason was not chosen to advance.
While Mason and his family are very proud of his accomplishments, he says that Major League Baseball is not in his future; he would much rather be a running back or wide-receiver in the NFL. No matter where his future lies, Mason is already an accomplished athlete.