Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wilson Sparks Legion Team at Invitational

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wilson Sparks Legion Team at Invitational

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Aaron Wilson was in a zone.

"Every time I stepped to the plate, I just knew I was going to get a hit," said Wilson, who plays third base for the St. Charles American Legion baseball team. "And even when I made an out, I hit the ball hard. I'm usually a pretty consistent player, but every once in a while you go through a streak where you seem to have some added confidence."

Playing in the Fourth of July Firecracker Invitational last week at Ballwin Park, Wilson was as hot as a - well - a firecracker. He hit safely in all three of St. Charles' games, going seven for 12 - that's a .583 batting average - with a home run, two triples, a double and eight RBIs. In addition, he played some solid defense.

"Aaron's been one of our key guys all season, but he really seemed to turn it on at Ballwin," said St. Charles manager Ed Janke. "Aaron's got that sweet swing from the left side and he's really driving the ball this year."

Going into the tournament at Ballwin, Wilson was hitting .434 with 20 RBIs and was a big factor in St. Charles averaging better than 10 runs a game.

"Aaron and (cleanup hitter Brett Bredensteiner) have really been carrying us this season," Janke said. "If we can get our top two guys on base, I'm pretty confident we'll score some runs."

Wilson, 18, was an all-Gateway Athletic Conference selection in both basketball and baseball as a senior at Duchesne High. In college, he'll focus on baseball.

"I'm really proud of my senior basketball season, personally and as a team," said Wilson, who averaged 15.5 points and 4.1 rebounds for the 21-7 Pioneers. "But to go to the next level in basketball, you really have to be an exceptional player. I'm a good high school basketball player, but I think my chances of doing well are better in baseball."

Wilson, who stands 6-feet-2 and weighs 185 pounds, has visited NCAA Division II champion Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg and Mineral Area Community College in Flat River, Mo. He also has plans to visit Meramec Community College and Rend Lake (Ill.) Junior College.

"At this point, I'm probably leaning more toward a junior college because I'll have an opportunity to play right away," he said. …

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