VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton baseball is on the verge of missing the conference tournament. The Bearcats need UMBC to sweep Albany this upcoming weekend. If not, Friday’s doubleheader at Central Connecticut State could be the final time brothers Nick and TJ Wegmann take the field together.
Nick is a senior pitcher and TJ is a sophomore catcher. The Apalachin natives are graduates of Vestal High School.
"Anything that either of us do, we’re so proud of each other," said TJ at practice Thursday. "And [we’re] just always constantly rooting for each other to do the best that we possibly can."
But Nick graduates on Sunday, which means that their time as teammates is coming to a close.
"I really haven’t been looking forward to the next couple years without him," TJ said about playing without his older brother.
Whether on the field or in the classroom (Nick and TJ have taken a couple classes together at BU), not seeing two Wegmanns in the starting lineup next season will be hard, especially for their family.
"The mommy in me is a little sad that they’re not going to be together," Jen Wegmann, Nick and TJ’s mother, said.
Jen played on the Binghamton women’s basketball team back in the day. Their father, Tom, played professional baseball with the Binghamton Mets.
Together they raised two boys into men.
"I think they’ve always taught us growing up never to shy away from a big spot and want to be the guy that gets the big hit," said TJ. "Want to be the guy that makes the big pitch."
Now that confidence showed this past Mother’s Day when Nick pitched seven strong innings and TJ crushed his first collegiate home run in a 3-2 win over UMBC.
"I just hit my first home run, so I’m coming back into the dugout," said TJ. "We do this thing where everybody lines up and you run through and slap their hands. I get to Nick and he gives me a hug. And then I walk away and find out after he goes in the closet in here and starts crying."
"I think just being able to see how he’s matured in the game has been one of the best things for me to be a part of," Nick said about his younger brother.
A bond strengthened by baseball.
"As a parent, one of the things — and I think all parents can relate to this — that we all wish for is for our children to be close, to have that relationship," said Jen. "It really warms my heart."
A relationship between a pitcher and his catcher who just so happen to be brothers.
"I think that’s been the best part, that we’re able to see what each other’s doing," added Nick. "We’re not somewhere else in the country. We’re home. We’re having success. And we’re just able to be proud of each other everyday."
Binghamton’s brotherly battery is our 12 Sports Athletes of the Week.
The Bearcats play a doubleheader at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, May 18 starting at noon.