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Wilcher named Player of the Year
by H. Lee Smith II
Jul 08, 2014 | 66 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kossuth’s Jacob Wilcher earned top billing in the annual Daily Journal All-Area Baseball Team.

The incoming junior was named Player of the Year on the 10-man squad that was published on June 22.

Thrasher senior Josh Walden and Booneville senior Andrew Lambert were also named among the 10 best in the Tupelo newspaper’s circulation area.

Wilcher, an Ole Miss commit, helped lead Kossuth to its second straight Class 3A title in May. The Aggies finished 23-11, winning 10 of 11 in the postseason, after rallying just to get into the playoffs and have a chance to defend their title.

He blasted five homers -- all consecutive over a six at-bat span -- in a first round sweep of O’Bannon.

The third-year player hit a three-run blast, a solo shot and added a grand slam in a 19-0 road win that was called early due to lightning. In the return match the following day, he hit a pair of two-run bombs in a 10-0 series-clinching victory.

Wilcher was 5-for-6 with five homers and 12 RBI in the sweep. He was hit by pitch in his first plate appearance in Game 2, before finally being retired in his sixth official at-bat of the series.

The outfielder was also a member of the 2013 All-Area team after the then-freshman helped the Aggies claim their first baseball title.

Kossuth swept South champion and perennial state contender Sumrall in both championship series.

Wilcher batted .473 with 12 doubles, eight homers and 32 RBI this past season. He also swiped 20 bases.

The center fielder hit .443 with four roundtrippers and 25 RBI during his freshman campaign.

Wilcher was selected to participate in an elite All-Star event last summer, but had to skip the festivities following shoulder surgery.
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