Wolves top No. 6 Delgado, drop game with Northwest
WESSON – The Copiah-Lincoln Wolves hosted a full day of baseball on Saturday in Wesson as the Wolves played a round robin with Northwest and Delgado. The Wolves were soundly beaten 13-1 by a hot-hitting Northwest Mississippi team in game one. Co-Lin (6-6) nicely bounced back to defeat No. 6 Delgado 6-4 in the finale on the strength of a sixth inning rally. Delgado took a 2-1 win over Northwest in the second game of the day.
Northwest 14, Co-Lin 1 (5 Innings)
It was all downhill for Co-Lin after the first inning. The Wolves tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by sophomore Adrian Brown that scored leadoff batter Jordan Antley. The Ranger scored five runs in the second, three in the third, and four in the fifth inning. The Rangers scored 14 runs on 12 hits and five Co-Lin errors.
Co-Lin was only able to manage three hits as Colt Smith picked up the win for the Rangers by striking out eight in five innings. Northwest (5-3) catcher Kody Kimbrough went 3-3 with a double, two home runs, and five RBIs.
Co-Lin 6, No. 6 Delgado 4
Co-Lin (6-6) did something no other community college in the nation has done this year in beating the Dolphins. Delgado (10-2) had suffered their only defeat at the hands of an NAIA school from Vermont earlier in the season. Delgado, a Division I member of the NJCAA, came into the game with a No. 6 ranking and had previously swept Co-Lin in New Orleans.
Delgado scored three runs in the top of the first inning and added another run in the top of the second. Co-Lin came back to cut the lead to 4-3 after scoring a run apiece in the first, second, and third. Co-Lin got on the board with a Choc Hubbard sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Antley in the bottom of the first inning. An Antley RBI double in the second inning scored Wesley Watts. Centerfielder Adrian Brown hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the third to make the score 4-3.
The sixth inning was the one that won it for Co-Lin. First baseman Austin Resser began the inning off with a single. Watts moved Resser to second with a sacrifice fly. Co-Lin head coach Clay Smith placed Kewaun May in as a pinch runner to replace Resser. May moved to third on a groundout by Antley. May scored on a two-out RBI double by outfielder Jeremy Moore. The next batter, Brown, was intentionally walked. Freshman catcher Reed Taylor played the hero as he belted a two-run RBI double that scored Moore and Brown and gave Co-Lin their first lead of the day.
Antley drew the start on the mound and gave up three earned runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings of work. Sophomore Wesley Watts moved to the mound from second base in the fifth inning and was outstanding for a second straight relief appearance. Watts picked up the win after facing four batters, giving up one hit, and throwing 23 pitches.
Co-Lin travels to Southwest on Sunday, March 1 for a single nine inning game at 2 p.m. Audio broadcast of the game, part of the Coca-Cola/Powerade Challenge, can be heard at colinathletics.com or on WBKN 92.1 FM in Brookhaven.