By Tyler Ohmann
It only took one look at the Bemidji State University (BSU) baseball before Austin Weisz decided where he would be headed next fall.
“As soon as I got in the car after it I was like, ‘Dad, this is where I want to go,’” Weisz said. “It just seemed like the perfect fit for me.”
He did make a subsequent visit for academics, but his other visits to Upper Iowa and the University of Mary just didn’t compare to BSU.
“Everything up there, I just loved,” Weisz said. “The coach seemed knowledgeable, and it seemed like a really good fit for me.”
Weisz was particularly impressed with the indoor fielding and batting facility.
Of course it also didn’t hurt that three of his teammates on the Sobieski Skis have played or are playing there.
Little Falls grads Joey Hanowski rapped up his senior season at BSU last spring, Eckman is doing the same this year, and Scott Litchy, an Albany graduate, will play with Weisz next year as a senior.
“I have never heard one negative thing about Bemidji from those guys,” Weisz said. “It helps that they all loved to play up there.”
For now, Weisz is focused on his senior season for the Flyers, but he is incredibly happy to be continuing after that.
“Baseball has always been a passion since I was two years old,” Weisz said. “I have just been playing non-stop, and I’m still in love with it, so to get to play for four more years in college is great.”
BSU has a large 16-senior class this year, so Weisz believes he could step in and make an impact right away.
Weisz was a rangy outfielder that hit .324 with four extra base hits as a junior for Little Falls, and was an Record All-Area honorable mention.