As Quinn Mason prepares for the start of Gretna’s football season, baseball remains on his mind.
Specifically, Nebraska baseball.
Mason, the Dragons’ starting quarterback, hopes to someday pitch for the Huskers. The senior recently was offered the opportunity to be on the NU baseball roster and compete for a chance to play.
“They had seen me pitch five or six times this summer,’’ he said. “Then I went on a visit and really liked it.’’
Nebraska obviously liked what it saw from Mason while he was competing this summer for Gretna’s American Legion team. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound pitcher won eight games, struck out 71 and had an ERA of 1.06.
His fastball is usually in the 88-90 mph range but has topped out at 93.
Mason, who also was receiving interest from Creighton and Texas A&M, said it was a tough decision to select baseball over football for his collegiate path.
“I love both sports,’’ he said. “But I was getting more attention for baseball so I think that’s the right road for me.’’
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Mason, who batted .304 this summer, helped Gretna reach the Class A Legion state tournament. He was the hard-luck loser in a season-ending 1-0 setback against Hastings Five Points Bank.
The Dragons fell short of the Class B state baseball tournament in the spring, something Mason said motivated the squad this summer.
“The Legion season went a lot better,’’ he said. “We felt that we had underachieved in the spring so we didn’t want that to happen again.’’
Mason also was preparing for his final varsity football season as the Legion season was winding down. He helped Gretna go 11-1 last year as the Dragons reached the Class B state football semifinals before losing 10-9 to Omaha Skutt.
Gretna will compete in Class A this football season, which begins for the Dragons on Aug. 23 against Millard South.
“We know it’s going to be tougher than last year,’’ Mason said. “But we’re all looking forward to the challenge.’’
He also is looking forward to the possibility of someday playing baseball for the Huskers.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,’’ he said. “For me, it’s a dream come true.’’
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