Wong inducted into Cape Cod Hall of Fame


Wong, who played for the Orleans Cardinals and was the 2010 Cape League MVP, and Petkovsek, who hurled for St. Louis, Anaheim and Texas and was a two-year performer with the Chatham A’s, will be among the hall of fame headliners.

The other inductees rounding out the class and their Cape teams are J. C. Holt of the Brewster Whitecaps, Warner Jones of the Wareham Gatemen, former Falmouth Commodore Jim McCollom and one-time Bourne Braves slugger Kyle Roller.

The event begins with a 10 a.m. brunch at the Chatham Bars Inn, followed by the induction ceremony at noon.

Former WBZ-TV sports anchor Scott Wahle will serve as emcee and the proceedings will include short video introductions on this year’s inductees with voice-over narration by the legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg.

Here is a capsule summary of the six inductees:

Holt attended LSU and was the Cape League MVP in 2003, where he led the league in batting that season with a .388 batting average. His average broke the old record of .384 set by former major leaguer Bobby Kielty in 1999. Holt had a 21-game hitting streak that season and helped to pace the Whitecaps to the Eastern Division title.

Petkovsek, while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, Anaheim Angels and Texas Rangers, had a 46-28 record with a 4.73 ERA and 358 strikeouts during a Major League career that lasted ten years. Pitching for Chatham during the 1985 and 86 seasons, he posted a 14-4 two-year record pitching over 149 innings. He led the league with a 2.90 ERA both seasons.

Jones was a standout infielder for the Gateman in 2003-04. The Vanderbilt grad performed in two all-star games and in 2004 led the league in doubles (16) and extra base hits (17). He still ranks third and fourth for most at-bats in a season during the modern era on the Cape, with 188 plate appearances in 2004 and 186 the previous season.

McCollom, a Clemson product, was a hard-hitting first baseman-outfielder in 1984, leading the Commodores with a .413 average with 15 home runs and 115 total bases. He finished second in the league that year in RBIs with 37. He was drafted in the ninth round by the California Angels, where he spent five years in their minor league system.

Roller spent two seasons in Bourne (2009-10), where he was Cape League MVP in 2009 and led his squad to the CCBL title. He won two-thirds of the Triple Crown that year, leading the league in home runs with 10 and RBIs (33), with a slugging percentage of .644 and he hit .342. He is currently playing first base for the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Wong, named to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, is a native of Hilo, Hawaii. For the 2010 Cape League season, he finished third in the league in batting average at .341, was second in on base percentage (.426), fourth in slugging (.452) and tied for second in stolen bases (22). He was selected in the first round of the Major League draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 and is currently on their roster.

Source: Mike Richard


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