With several scars on his body to always remind him of his four years of varsity baseball, Nick Weber moves on from Centreville High School to start a new chapter of his life.
Weber, selected by the JOEINSIDER.COM staff as the St. Joseph County Baseball Player of the year, also won the fan vote after wrapping up his final prep season for the Bulldogs. The centerfielder who started as a freshman, is now looking forward to attending Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he’ll study biochemistry.
“They offered me a spot on their varsity roster, but I want to make sure I can handle the curriculum before I start playing any college sports,” said Weber, who finished high school with a 3.9 grade point average. “Second semester I will start practicing with them and training. I want to ease into it and see if I can handle it.”
He’s been able to handle most of what’s come his way over the last four years, including the pressure of playing a pivotal outfield position for a Centreville squad that advanced to the Division 4 state championship game in 2015 and the semifinals in 2016.
“Definitely playing at McLane Stadium (at MSU) my first two years,” Weber said of his career highlights. Playing in that state final game, I remember waking up at the hotel shaking I was so nervous. I would give anything to have those games back and go back to those moments.”
Weber’s junior year in 2017 was mostly wiped out due to an ACL tear in the fifth game of the season. He was hitting .830 with 10 hits through the first four games. After a long rehabilitation process following surgery, Weber rejoined his teammates in 2018 and he got right back in the groove.
After hitting .465 with 26 RBI, 10 doubles, a home run and 32 runs scored, Weber made the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 4 All-State Second Team. The Bulldogs also claimed the inaugural Southwest 10 Conference championship en route to a 21-victory overall record for the year.
However, Weber was forced to watch Centreville’s final two games of the year from the dugout after a freak accident over Memorial Day weekend that resulted in over 40 stitches in his foot. For the record, he asked the doctor treating him if he’d still be able to play in the district tournament — an idea that was quickly shot down.
“The first couple years were a blast,” he said. “Being a freshman on varsity was a crazy experience. My career at Centreville was shorter than I wanted it to be. Sitting in the dugout watching the last game of my career is when it really hit me that I was actually going to be done.”
With a little glue, he insisted, Weber was planning to play in the regional round had Centreville not fallen to Colon in the district championship on a walk-off single.
Weber is proud to have contributed to the program’s resurgence.
“We set a standard for Centreville baseball going forward,” he explained. “Not just success in the postseason, but we set a standard for how hard you work in the offseason and during practices. Every time we go in there we know we have to work hard to maintain the reputation we’ve set around the area.”