MUSKEGO, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The COVID-19 pandemic shut down many sports at all levels of competition, including several youth baseball teams in Wisconsin, but just outside of Milwaukee, several baseball players were able to take back their summer. Lily Zhao shares their story.
This is no ordinary wiffle ball field. This lot in a suburban Muskego neighborhood is now home to the newly created Wisco Wiffle League.
Diego Serriano, Alex Smook, and Ryan Kopecky from the select premium Muskego Storm Baseball Team came up with the idea themselves. Due to COVID their season got shortened, and they took at it.
Smook said, “We wanted something to do and have fun with friends.”
The idea started in March. The boys bided their time and drew up a design for the wiffle ball field and in mid-to-late June, saw that dream become a reality.
Serraino said, “Well we actually watched people on YouTube do it and then took some of their ideas and made it happen.”
They did everything themselves. All the bases were measured out. There`s a backstop that acts as a catcher and PVC piping was used to help create a strike zone. This was all built in just a few days.
Kopecky said, “We got like a fence, foul poles, PVC pile and set it all together.”
From there the boys decided to start a whole new league called Wisco Wiffle and now they needed players.
Serraino said, “We talked to some other teams locally and got a bunch of friends together.”
The word quickly spread around the Muskego community and now there are over 20 boys from ages 8-15 who play on 10 teams.
Because of the pandemic, there are only 3 kids on 1 team which allows them to socially distance. They also play 3 innings per game.
Smook said, “We play each team twice and then we have seeding for the playoffs and then play for the championship.”
There`s a play-by-play and color analyst and the boys also film their games and broadcast them on their various social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. All with the username Wisco Wiffle.
These Muskego boys took back their summer and now with school in session, they`re hoping to keep this wiffle ball field up and running for themselves and their community until at least late fall.
Joe Serrain, Diego’s father said, “For them to come out and do this, is extraordinary.