Family: Parents, Steve and Tiffany; brothers David (19), Micah (21) and Josh (24), sister Hannah (25).
Favorite athlete: Danny Valencia.
Favorite teams: Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings.
Other sports: Football, basketball.
Hobbies: Going to the YMCA, hanging out with friends.
Best athletic memory: Winning the B League championship.
BY SHAWN WERRE
His teammates provided him with good defense and just enough offense, and Ethan Westby helped provide his team a league championship in return.
Westby pitched a complete game, surrendering just one hit while striking out 10 as the Bison defeated the Fox 1-0 in the B League championship game. For his efforts, Westby is the American News Athlete of the Week.
The Bison's run came in the first inning, courtesy of a Cannon Hannigan single. While Westby turned in a sparkling performance on the mound, he was quick to credit his defense with playing well.
Our defense only had one error, and they worked really well behind me, said Westby, who will be an eighth-grader this fall at Warner. Jordan (Graves) made a great catch in the seventh inning, a really good running basket catch.
Westby, 13, relied on his fastball the majority of the time, resorting to a curve ball just once. His catchers, Chase Hornseth and Spencer Grosz, were on top of their games as well, said Westby.
They were blocking everything that was wild, he said.
The lone hit for the Fox came in the first inning, from the second batter Westby faced.
The Bison, coached by Austin Fischbach and Austin Bierle, finished the regular season with a 12-4 mark and registered three tournament wins as well. Westby and Hannigan shared pitching duties, with Hannigan pitching the second game and Westby the first and third games. Westby had nine strikeouts in his first tournament appearance.
Westby also gave credit to his mound opponent for the Fox, Thomas Krueger, who gave up just three hits himself.
He's a really good pitcher. His defense played well, too, said Westby. It was basically a pitchers' duel.
While they were on opposite sides in the B League title game, Krueger and Westby were teammates earlier in the season - Krueger caught Westby during the B League All-Star game.
This wasn't the first championship team Westby has been a member of. He was part of a team that won the C League title last summer.
Having three older brothers has played a role in helping Westby's baseball skills develop. All three played youth baseball as well.
My brothers played a lot of catch with me when I was younger and they still do, he said. They help me with pitching, too. Baseball is something my brothers and I grew up playing. It's kind of a relaxed game.
The championship put the finishing touches on a successful season for the Bison. One of Westby's goals was realized when his team claimed the league title. He was also the starting pitcher in the the B League All-Star game.
I didn't think we were going to be that good, said Westby of the Bison. But after the first five or six games, I thought, 'We are pretty good.' Our hitting was solid all year.