Weaver signs with Co-Lin’s Wolfpack

Published 5:00 am Thursday, March 19, 2009

Loyd Star pitcher Drew Weaver is looking forward to playingbaseball for the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolfpack. Weaversigned a scholarship and his family gathered with him Tuesday tocelebrate the occasion in Loyd Star’s library.

Weaver, a 6-foot-1, 171-pound right-hander, has had his fastballclocked at 85 miles per hour. He also throws a breaking ball and achangeup.

Co-Lin head coach Keith Case said Weaver has a bright futurewith the Wolves. “Drew is a guy who we need on our pitching staff.He has the potential to increase his velocity. He pitches downhill.He has a breaking ball and good hand speed.”

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Weaver has compiled a 3-1 record this season for the Hornets andCoach Jonathan Breakfield. Monday’s win at Wesson was his thirdstraight.

As a batter, Weaver is averaging .396. He plays left field whenhe isn’t on the mound. Last year Weaver posted a 6-2 pitchingrecord.

Weaver, the 18-year-old son of Craig and Renee Weaver, said hewas looking forward to playing for Coach Case and assistant coachBryan Nobile who handles the pitching staff.

“Coach Case and Coach Nobile are great coaches,” said Weaver. “Ilook forward to improving my skills.”

Weaver, who wears jersey No. 22, said math is his favoritesubject in school. He anticipates a career in engineering.

Asked about his favorite Major League Baseball team, Weaver saidhe liked the Atlanta Braves and former Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz.”He never gives up.”

Breakfield said Weaver has become a leader on his team. “Drewhas really stepped up for us. He has pretty good stuff and he hitsthe spots. He doesn’t walk many and that helps him win.

“I’m happy for Drew,” Breakfield added. “He always dreamt aboutplaying college baseball.”

Enterprise southpaw pitcher Ryan Kennedy signed with Co-Lin lastweek. Other signees are infielder Bud Britt of Brookhaven,shortstop Brett Rushing and catcher Zach Williams of West Lincolnand shortstop Gauge Wilson of Central Private (La.).