Out of a tough situation, WCA’s Wilson finds baseball success

Dec. 10, 2012 @ 08:13 PM

At times, Weston Wilson’s thoughts were far from baseball. For someone who loves playing the game as much as he does and has excelled as much as he has, that means a lot.

While his brother twice battled to overcome cancer, Wilson, a senior at Wesleyan Christian Academy, focused on things more important. Since then, however, that’s been his inspiration for him continuing to play hard and succeeding on the diamond, as he has signed to play at NCAA Division I Clemson University.
“Him fighting through that both times and being tough through it has helped me to always give my best,” says Wilson, the son of Billy and Jodie. “A lot of it’s been for him. I just want to honor God for everything He’s done for our family. ...
“Baseball isn’t huge in the grand scheme, considering what he’s gone through. But I do have a love for it, and I do it to glorify God.”
Out of a tough situation for anyone of any age, Wilson has found an appreciation for simply living life, which for him means enjoying the things he loves to do, like playing baseball.
“It’s made me the person I am today,” he says. “I’ve probably matured a lot through that situation. The second time he had it, he had a 7 percent chance to live and I didn’t know if he’d be here in six months. It makes me realize how precious life is.”
Growing up, Wilson began playing at 5 years old and steadily moved up through the ranks into high school. As a sophomore, he transferred to Wesleyan Christian, where, as an infielder and middle-of-the-order hitter, he’s helped the Trojans remain a perennial contender, reaching the NCISAA 3A championship series last season.
“Obviously when you have a kid of his stature in your program, it means a lot for our school, our team and also our success,” Wesleyan coach Scott Davis says. “He’s had some good summers, which have really vaulted him to among the top players in the state. Obviously he produced and earned a scholarship to Clemson.
“It’s important to have kids like that. We’ve had a lot of them over the years, but he’s been a tremendous asset to our team. ... He loves the game and works hard. He understands his weaknesses and works hard to improve those. Coupled with his size, strength and athleticism, it just makes for a good player.”
As he looked at schools in the fall of his junior year, Wilson, an all-conference and all-state selection, narrowed his top choices to N.C. State, South Carolina and Clemson. The way Clemson, an ACC and national powerhouse particularly in recent decades, fit — the coaches, the players, the overall school atmosphere — just seemed right.
“I’ve heard a lot about it, and just when we got there, it just felt like the right place. I just had that feeling,” he says. “I had a lot of options, but, I don’t know, it just seemed obvious.”