Pitcher of the Year: Knights’ Weeg grows into county ace
by Emily Horos
June 22, 2013 11:47 PM | 2858 views | 1 1 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Jackson Weeg was a part of the first freshman class at River Ridge High School and the first baseball team.

Over the last four years the team tallied more losses than wins, but Weeg is proud to say that he always did as much as he could to put the Knights in a position to win.

As the No. 1 starter for the Knights during his senior year, Weeg spent more than 70 innings on the mound. While his 4-4 record might not look impressive, his 1.97 earned run average certainly is. As the Knights hit their stride in Region 7AAAA competition and made their first state playoff appearance, it was Weeg on the mound for many of the key games— once pitching 10 innings against Dalton.

For helping the Knights to unprecedented success, Weeg has been named the 2013 Cherokee Tribune Baseball Pitcher of the Year.

Weeg, who will be continuing his career on scholarship at Emory University, thought his season could have been better, but he was pleased. The left-hander was a bit surprised to be named Pitcher of the Year.

“I knew Bryan White had a good year at Etowah and that it would be either him or me,” said Weeg. “It feels good to get it though.”

Weeg, who has been a pitcher since he was 8-years old, said that at times it was tough to be a good player on a team that was struggling. He just tried to focus on doing his part.

“I try to just help the team as much as I can,” said Weeg. “The team played good most of the year. At the beginning they struggled. I struggled too. Then we hit region ball and everything just clicked.”

The pitcher said the transformation that he has witnessed at River Ridge over four seasons was fun to be a part of.

“Starting out playing at the (South Cherokee Recreation Association) field and we had 17 kids try out,” said Weeg. “We had 15 make the team. It was pretty awesome to be sitting there at region playoffs and state playoffs and say ‘yeah, we played at SCRA once upon a time’.”

Before he arrives on campus at Emory, Weeg hopes to hone his skills a bit more. He is playing with the East Cobb Longhorns 17-U baseball team, where he has been a pitcher for the last two seasons.

Weeg said that pitching is all that he does as far as baseball is concerned. After a steady decrease in his proficiency at the plate, he recently gave up hitting.

“It was a slow progression of being a decent hitter to not so good to not good at all,” said Weeg. “It would have been a lot of practice to get back to being good that I didn’t have time for with pitching. It’s definitely hard to be good at both. You really have to be gifted to be good at both and it’s very rare.”

Weeg, who relies on his mental strength to give him an advantage, throws a fast ball, curve and change-up. The change-up is a work in progress.

“In baseball, I just think about the next pitch,” said Weeg, who believes pitching is the best part of baseball. “If things start not going well you try to pick your teammates up and you hope that you don’t mess up because then they have to pick you up.”

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Lainie Redding
June 23, 2013
Not only a great baseball player but a fine young man with an incredibly bright future ahead of him!! It was a privilege to watch him play at RRHS!
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