Cole Wil­cox se­lected for USA Base­ball 18U Na­tional Team

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

As a Her­itage Gen­eral, Cole Wil­cox is used to play­ing in uni­forms of red, white and blue.

And those are the col­ors Wil­cox will wear for the next two weeks as the se­nior was one of 20 play­ers se­lected to make up the roster for USA Base­ball’s 18U Na­tional Team this past Thurs­day at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. The an­nounce­ment came af­ter six days of team tri­als.

Wil­cox, one of 40 play­ers in­vited to the USA Team Tri­als, is one of five Ge­or­gia play­ers that makes up a quar­ter of the 18U Na­tional Team roster. Also picked to the squad from the Peach State are Cartersville High School catcher and am­bidex­trous pitcher An­thony Sei­gler, catcher and righthanded pitcher Will Ban­field (Brook­wood) and two more righthanded pitch­ers in Ku­mar Rocker (North Oconee) Ethan Hank­ins (Forsyth Cen­tral).

Florida had the next most play­ers on the team with three.

Team USA is cur­rently prep­ping for the 2017 World Base­ball Soft­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (WBSC) U-18 Base­ball World Cup in Thun­der Bay, On­tario, Canada, from Sept. 1-10. Team USA is the three­time de­fend­ing gold medal­ist.

“It’s an un­be­liev­able honor, just know­ing that you are go­ing into an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one is against you is in­cred­i­ble,” Wil­cox said. “This is a spe­cial group of guys and I’m just ex­cited to be apart of it.”

The squad played the first of four ex­hi­bi­tion games on Satur­day, beat­ing Iowa Western Com­mu­nity Col­lege, 5-1, in a game played at the Univer­sity of Min­nesota.

They were sched­uled to face the Reivers again this past Sun­day at Target Field, home of Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Min­nesota Twins.

Two more ex­hi­bi­tion games were sched­uled for Mon­day and Tues­day in Min­nesota be­fore the team loads up and heads for Canada for the World Cup. .

Wil­cox and Team USA will take on the Nether­lands, Ja­pan, Mex­ico, South Africa and Cuba in pre­lim­i­nary games.

Bracket play be­gins on Sept. 7 and the Gold Medal Game is slated for Sept. 10.

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