Wil­cox, Team USA win 18-U World Cup

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

The baseball re­sume for Cole Wil­cox was al­ready an im­pres­sive one, but now the Her­itage High School se­nior can add “gold medal win­ner” and “world cham­pion” to the list.

Wil­cox and Team USA dom­i­nated the field to win gold at the XXVIII WBSC 18-U World Cup in Thun­der Bay, Canada, top­ping South Korea in the gold medal game, 8-0.

A to­tal of 12 teams rep­re­sent­ing five dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents con­verged in On­tario for the tour­na­ment. Team USA was placed in Group B and al­lowed just two runs in five pre­lim­i­nary games, col­lect­ing wins over the Nether­lands (11-1), Ja­pan (4-0), Mex­ico (6-0), South Africa (5-0) and Cuba (8-1).

In the Su­per Round, Team USA han­dled Canada, 8-3, be­fore a 2-0 win over South Korea.

They went on to beat Australia, 9-0, in the semi­fi­nals be­fore shut­ting out South Korea again for the cham­pi­onship. It was the fourth straight gold medal in the event for Team USA.

Wil­cox ap­peared in three games for the Stars and Stripes. His best and long­est out­ing

came against Cuba, as he got the start and the win, throw­ing seven in­nings. He gave up just one un­earned run on two hits and three walks. He fin­ished with five strike­outs.

For the tour­na­ment, he was 1-0 with three hits al­lowed and strike­outs in eight in­nings. Op­po­nents bat­ted just .111 against him and he had a 0.00 earned run aver­age. He gave up one hit and fanned one bat­ter in

one in­ning against the Nether­lands and threw a per­fect sev­enth in­ning with one strike­out in the gold medal game.

“It was amaz­ing just be­ing a part of such a tal­ented team and play­ing for your coun­try. It’s like no other feel­ing,” Wil­cox said. “I was just ready to do my job when­ever the team needed me and I feel like I did what I needed to do in or­der for us to get the gold.”

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