Wilcox legion sweeps doubleheader against Kane
WILCOX – The Wilcox American Legion baseball team swept a doubleheader against Kane Monday at Jones Township Community Park. Wilcox won 10-0 in five innings in the first game and then dominated in a 20-2, 5-inning matchup in the nightcap. "We're just picking up where we left off," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said. "We didn't hit real well against Bradford. They're young, they're plugging. I give them credit, they don't quit. They show a lot of character in hanging there."In game one, Cole Peterson led off the game by reaching on a bunt single. Jesse Reynolds was hit by a pitch. After a groundout, Josh Mitchell walked to load the bases. Joe Holmberg singled home a pair of runs (Peterson and Reynolds) and Cameron Grumley reached on an infield single which plated Mitchell. A groundout from Zac Luhr scored Holmberg as Wilcox led 4-0 after the first inning. Wilcox added one run in the second. Reynolds reached on an error in the Kane outfield and Mitchell Holmberg reached base on an error at shortstop which enabled Reynolds to cross home plate. Wilcox continued the run production in the fourth inning with a 2-out rally. Cole Peterson doubled and Reynolds walked as did Mitchell Holmberg. Mitchell then blasted a 3-run double to clear the bases and make the lead 8-0. Joe Holmberg doubled home Mitchell for Wilcox's ninth run. Zac Luhr singled to lead off the fifth inning. Luhr reached second on a stolen base which was not contested. Kyle Sheldon then roped a single to score Luhr and end the game with the 10-run rule. Wilcox picked up the run production as the second game of the doubleheader opened up. With Wilcox as the visiting team, the Legion team put their stamp on the game early with a 4-run first inning. Cole Peterson lined a triple into right field and scored on a groundout from Reynolds. After a groundout, Mitchell singled and Joe Holmberg was hit by a pitch. Grumley hit a groundball to shortstop and the throw was mishandled, allowing Mitchell and Joe Holmberg to score. Zac Luhr doubled to plate Grumley as Wilcox led 4-0 after the first inning. Frank Kocjancic walked to lead off the second inning and Cole Peterson doubled him around for another Wilcox run. Reynolds singled to score Peterson and Mitchell Holmberg singled home Reynolds to make the lead 7-0. After a Mitchell single, there was a weather delay for approximately 20 minutes. After the delay was over, Joe Holmberg doubled to score Mitchell Holmberg and Mitchell and make the lead 9-0. Grumley was hit by a pitch and Zac Luhr reached on a Kane error at third base which scored Joe Holmberg. Sheldon singled to plate Grumley and a Cole Peterson groundout scored Zac Luhr and made the lead 12-0 after an 8-run outburst in the second. Wilcox added a run in the third as Mitchell Holmberg singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single from Joe Holmberg. Wilcox then exploded for a 7-run fourth inning. Cole Peterson led off with a single. Reynolds walked and Mitchell Holmberg singled to load the bases. Mitchell Vallone walked to score Peterson and Joe Holmberg singled to plate Reynolds and make the lead 15-0. Quinn Luhr reached on an error which scored Mitchell Holmberg and Zac Luhr singled to score Mitchell. After a flyout, Frank Kocjancic singled to score Joe Holmberg and Cole Peterson singled to score Quinn Luhr. Reynolds walked to plate Zac Luhr as Wilcox had a 20-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Kane added a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Sean Rolick and Dave Swanson lined back-to-back singles to open the inning. After advancing on a passed ball, Rolick scored on a groundout from Zach Holt. Aaron Williams then singled home Swanson for Kane's second run. Cole Peterson was 4-for-5 in the second game, falling a home run short of the cycle. Joe Holmberg was 3-for-3 in both games with three RBI in the opener and four in the second game. Frank Kocjancic threw four innings for Wilcox in the second game with Cameron Grumley pitching the fifth. Quinn Luhr threw five shutout innings in the first game. "We hit the ball. Right now, we're hitting. Everybody did something," coach Peterson said. "Frankie came in and pitched great. Cameron pitched well, Quinn threw the first game and did an outstanding job. That's the kind of stuff you need to help your pitching staff."Wilcox (8-1) is scheduled to play at Berwind Park against St. Marys at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.