Southern Miss freshman and Columbia Academy alum Slade Wilks has gotten off to a good start with the Golden Eagles in their black and gold Fall World Series.
The series, which was knotted up 1-1 as of press deadline Tuesday, is a best-of-five intrasquad series. Game 3 was played Tuesday night.
In Game 1 Friday at Pete Taylor Park, Wilks’ Gold team won 1-0 while no-hitting the Black squad. Wilks went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk in the seven-inning contest. The star outfielder started in right field and batted cleanup. In Game 2 Saturday, Wilks went 1-for-3 with a double, but the Gold team lost 5-2.
The Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American went to USM following one of the most impressive prep careers in Mississippi history. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound stud was on pace to break the state’s all-time home run record, but his senior season was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 140 games with the Cougars, Wilks produced a 418 batting average, 50 home runs, 150 RBI, 171 runs scored, 46 stolen bases and 85 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched.
The 2021 schedule for the Golden Eagles has not been finalized yet.