Diamond Wolves earn Smith first win
MOORHEAD – The Copiah-Lincoln Wolves baseball team split a double header with Mississippi Delta on Tuesday giving first-year head coach Clay Smith his first career win.
Delta 12, Co-Lin 10
The Wolves (1-5) were six outs from putting the Trojans (4-4) away in Game 1 before disaster struck in the bottom of the sixth inning. Co-Lin held a 10-4 lead after five innings over the same Delta team that swept them during their season opener in Wesson on Feb. 8. The Trojans would explode for eight runs in the sixth, with two 3-run homeruns doing most of the damage.
Co-Lin got a quality start out of freshman pitcher Shane Brown as the Simpson Academy product gave up three hits and two earned runs in four innings of work. Branden Canny (0-1) took the loss for Co-Lin.
Blake Talbot led the Wolves at the plate with a 3-4 outing and two runs batted in. Freshmen Choc Hubbard and Adrian Brown also had two RBI’s apiece for Co-Lin.
Smith was pleased with how his team hit the ball against a Delta team that is picked to be among the strongest in the MACJC North Division.
“We did a really good job all day offensively, but we need to learn to finish games. It’s all about throwing strikes and making routine plays,” said Smith.
Co-Lin 7, Delta 3
For the first time this season Co-Lin showed they can come back from being down late in a game. The Wolves trailed 3-1 before rallying for six runs in the sixth inning to nail down their first win of the season.
A two-run double by freshman Logan Smith and a two-run single by Talbot sparked the Co-Lin rally in the sixth. Jonathan Haydel picked up the win for Co-Lin in his first appearance of the season with one strikeout in one inning of work. Colby Whitfield was credited with the save for the Wolves.
Smith was most impressed how his young team was able to put the disappointment of their loss behind them and pick up the comeback win.
“Very proud of the way the guys came back after the tough loss to beat a very good Delta team,” said Smith.
The Wolves return to action on Friday, Feb. 21, when they travel to New Orleans for two games at Delgado Community College. The Wolves will play College of DuPage (Ill.) at 1 p.m. and Delgado at 4 p.m.