Gold Medalist and MLB Veteran Brad Wilkerson Leads TKA Middle School Baseball to Championship
The King’s Academy’s Middle School Baseball Lions defeated Benjamin 8 -1 last Thursday, to win the PBCCL Championship in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Palm Beach State – Eissey campus. Under the leadership of new Head Coach and MLB veteran, Brad Wilkerson, the Lions (8-3-1) rebounded from two regular season losses to Benjamin (11-1) to capture TKA’s second baseball league championship. The Lions have either won or been in the championship game in 4 of the 5 years since the team’s inception. The Lions were led defensively by the outstanding pitching of Chandler Marsh (4 IP) and Trevor Hollis (3 IP). Hunter Furtado (2H, 2R) and Cory Croteau (2 2B, 3 RBI) led the offensive barrage which included 9 total hits for the Lions.
Head Coach Brad Wilkerson played 8 years in Major League Baseball with the Expos, Nationals, Ranger, Mariners, and Blue Jays. He was a 1998 first round draft pick and won the Sporting News 2002 MLB Rookie of the Year award, the 2004 Roberto Clemente Award, and the 2004 Montreal Expos MVP Award. In college, he led the University of Florida Gators to the College World Series in 1996 and 1998, earning All-American Status 1996-1998. Wilkerson was honored to represent the USA in the Sydney Olympics, helping the team win a Gold Medal. A native of Owensboro, KY, Wilkerson has been inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame (2008) and the University of Florida Sports Hall of Fame (2010) as well as the College Baseball Hall of Fame (2012).