Jared Wegner of Kearney, Neb., is the starting shortstop for the first Nebraska team to qualify for the nationally-televised event for 11- and 12-year-old players. He is the son of Marshall High graduate Stephanie (Fitzgerald) Wegner and her husband, Brad, the Midwest entry's manager, and grandson of Tom and Beverly Fitzgerald of Marshall.
Thursday's opening-round game didn't go well for the Midwest squad, which dropped a 12-1 contest to the Southeast team from Goodlettsville, Tenn. Wegner was hitless in two at-bats and pitched the fourth and fifth innings.
Nebraska advanced to the international tournament by winning the Midwest Regional at Indianapolis on Aug. 11, 10-4, over Rapid City, S.D. During the regional, Wegner batted .417 with 10 runs scored and eight runs batted in.
Wegner is 13, but eligible due to having been born after the cut-off date.
In addition to the experience to playing before a world-wide audience in an historic setting, team members each get to keep their uniforms, helmets and two Louisville Slugger bats.
The Midwest club will play an elimination game Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT against the Northeast team from Fairfield, Conn., which lost to the West (Petaluma, Calif.) in the first round, 6-4.