Wilcox comes big in Little League play


June 25, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

To say that Holtville Little Leaguer Travis Wilcox had a good week last week would be a bit of an understatement.

Over three games in the District 22 inter-city major league tournament, the 11-year-old was stellar. He struck out 26 batters in two games, finished 7-for-10 at the plate with a two-run home run and, in the third game, had a game-winning hit to lead his team to the tournament finals, which will be played Wednesday.

"Last week I just felt pretty good. I guess everything was just working for me," said Wilcox. "When I was pitching my teammates really helped me out. Knowing that I had them behind made things really easy for me."

In the 4-3 win over El Centro on Wednesday, Wilcox struck out 15, went 2-for-3 at the plate and hit a two-run home run.


He followed that Thursday going 2-for-3 in Holtville's 12-3 rout of Sunbeam and capped his impressive week in the team's 8-7 win over Brawley on Saturday.

Against Brawley, he struck out 11 batters, went 3-for-3 and recorded the game-winning hit.

"I would describe last week as amazing. We all went out and did our jobs and just came through when we needed to," said Wilcox. "For me, I just tried to play my game. I know that when I'm out there I just have to maintain pitching good so the other teams can't come back."

As much as Wilcox has meant to the team, team manager Mike Wilcox, Travis' dad, credited the team's defense with Travis' success on the mound.

He did say Travis' competitive spirit and positive attitude also played a part in his performances in the three-game stretch.

"He's always up for competition. He just loves to play and loves to practice. I guess in baseball terms, the more you feed him the more he'll eat," said Mike Wilcox. "He did a decent job for us on the mound. He was pretty good at hitting his spots and the defense helped him out a lot.

"But it's not over yet. We've been here before in this type of situation, so we know what to expect," said Mike Wilcox. "As long as he keeps playing with that positive effort, we'll be fine."


Jonathan Espinosa, Calexico Dolphins swim team, won three gold medals at the Bancali Invitational swim meet in Mexicali on Friday winning the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle.

Frank Lopez, El Centro Little League, hit a two-run home run, had two RBI and two runs in his team's 6-5 victory over Calexico in a District 22 inter-city major league game Friday.

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