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Wesson’s Smith signs with Co-Lin

WESSON – A cold and slushy day didn’t affect Wesson pitcher MattSmith’s spirit as he signed a baseball scholarship to play for theCopiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves last Friday afternoon inthe warm confines of the Wesson Library. Smith was filled withexcitement about the opportunity to continue playing baseball inhis hometown.

“I am excited about playing for Co-Lin and looking forward toplaying at the next level,” said Smith. He is the son of Steve andBrenda Smith.

Smith has been a 5-year starter for the Wesson Cobras. His recordon the mound was 5-2 last year with 2.10 ERA as a junior.

At the plate, Smith has a .380 batting average.

Smith (6-2, 180) was selected to The DAILY LEADER’s All-AreaBaseball Team in 2010 and 2009. He was also selected as theCo-Offensive Player on the DL’s 2010 All-Area Football Team and wasnamed as the Region 6-2A MVP as a quaterback/defensive back.

“Matt is a great person and a tremendous baseball player,” saidformer Wesson head coach Hugh Knight. “I am very excited for Mattand I look forward to seeing him play at Co-Lin next year.”

“Right now, we are glad to have him here and we are expecting tohave a great year,” continued Knight. He handed over the headcoaching reins to Seth Lofton last May. He will remain on staff asan assistant coach.

Co-Lin head coach Keith Case said he was looking forward to havingSmith on his squad. “Matt is a blue-collar, hard-working athletewho can play any of the infield positions and pitch, too. He couldstep in right away and swing the bat for us.”

Already signed by Case are pitcher J.D. Britt of Brookhaven,outfielder Dylan Lea of Lawrence County and Loyd Starpitchers/infielders Tyler B. Case and Korey Allen.

Case’s Wolves launch their 2011 campaign Tuesday, hosting the EastMississippi Community College Lions for a 7-inning twinbill,starting at 2 p.m. in Sullivan Stadium.