CLCC baseball starts season with 2-1 road trip results

Published 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Second-year head coach Adam Chamblee and his Copiah-Lincoln Wolves got the 2024 season started with two wins over three days at Pensacola State College in Florida this weekend.

On Friday, the Wolves dropped a 6-3 season opener to the host Pirates of Pensacola, but Chamblee’s team rebounded on Saturday to win 8-5 over Mineral Area College (Mo.) and then CLCC earned a measure of revenge with a 6-2 victory against Pensacola.

Co-Lin will make its Sullivan Field debut for 2024 on Friday with a game against Coastal Alabama-South at 2 p.m.

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Freshman Dylan Wesson got the Wolves started in the win over Mineral Area with a solo home run in the first inning. The son of CLCC tennis alum Stacey Fitzsimmons Wesson, Dylan Wesson prepped at East Rankin Academy and stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 220-pounds. Wesson finished the win over Mineral Area with a team best three RBIs.

The lead grew when freshman Tucker Jones, the son of CLCC baseball alum Mark Jones, hit a two-out, two-RBI double that put the Wolves ahead 4-0. Jones played his high school baseball at Northwest Rankin.

“The top of the second inning was huge for us,” said Chamblee in a release by the school. “Tucker Jones and Dylan Wesson coming through with a double and a single to score three runs and extend the lead came at a crucial time for our team, especially after an unfortunate double play in a bases loaded situation earlier in the inning.”

Jordan McKenzie (Franklinton, La.) pitched the win for Co-Lin over Mineral Area.

Pensacola led 2-0 in the finale on Saturday, but Co-Lin scratched back to tie the game at 2-2 and then went up 4-2 when Sam Cooke (Wayne Academy) and Brayden Bankston (Copiah Academy) had back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth inning.

Pitcher Jayden Duncan (West Marion) got the win in relief on the mound for Co-Lin after throwing three innings of scoreless, hitless relief.