Bogue Chitto pitcher inks with C-L Wolves

Published 6:00 am Thursday, January 24, 2002


– Jacob Leggett of Bogue Chitto looks forward to pitching forthe Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves. Leggett, a seniorright-hander, signed a scholarship with Coach Keith Case’s Co-LinWolves Wednesday afternoon in the school library.

“I’m real excited to be playing for Co-Lin,” said Leggett. “I’mreal impressed with Coach Case and Coach (Pete) Young,” Co-Lin’spitching coach. “I look forward to working with them.”

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Leggett, a slender 6-foot-1, 160-pounder, was the go-to pitcherat Bogue Chitto. Last year he helped lead Coach Mike Hodges and theBobcats to the Division 7-1A title and the state playoffs. Hecompiled a 5-4 record, striking out 84 batters in 57 innings andwalking 24.

He compiled a 2.11 ERA. His favorite pitches are the curveball,fastball and changeup. He has been clocked at 82 miles perhour.

Coach Case said he was happy to add Leggett to the 2003 Co-Linroster. High school seniors already in the Wolves’ den are pitcherCass Brister of Loyd Star, first baseman Ben Goza of Brookhaven andoutfielder Jeffrey Waycaster of Brookhaven Academy.

“Jacob has a lot of potential,” said Case. “He works hard on themound and has the ability to concentrate on each pitch. He canlocate his pitches real well and throws a good breaking ball. Hehas the kind of frame and body that will get much stronger.”

A standout quarterback on Bogue Chitto’s football team, Leggettdirected the Bobcats to an 11-2 record and the second round of thestate playoffs. He passed for 566 yards and 5 touchdowns this pastseason, earning All-Region 4-1A honors.

An honor roll student, Leggett has scored a 26 on the ACT. Hesaid he enjoys history the most. He wants to enter a premed courseof study at Co-Lin.

Leggett said his favorite Major League Baseball team is theYankees and pitcher Roger Clemens is his favorite player.

Carl Cole, Bogue Chitto’s baseball coach, said Leggett is anoutstanding athlete and student. “Jacob is a great kid and a goodleader. We have coached him in football and baseball. His game isbaseball and he’ll be our No. 1 guy on the mound.”

Leggett said he was looking forward to Bogue Chitto’s season.”We have four pitchers we can send out at any time. We should havea good year.”

Bogue Chitto starts its season Feb. 16, in the Enterprisetournament.

Leggett grew up in the Summit Dixie Baseball program. Hisfather, Andy, a 1976 Bogue Chitto graduate, coached 11 years in theSummit league.