Cole Wilcox selected for USA Baseball 18U National Team
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.