MADISON- On September 23, Landon Lee will turn 10 years of age. The fourth grade student-athlete is already making a name for himself among the world of youth baseball as he was selected to represent Alabama in the 10U National All-State Select Championships scheduled for Nov. 20-22 in Marietta, Ga.
The son of Brandon and Melissa Lee and a student at Lindsay Lane Christian Academy, Landon has played for the Knights South travel team and has skipped around the Southeast playing games throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee as a pitcher and first baseman. Playing in the upcoming prestigious tournament is full of excitement and high expectations.
“I feel good about being named to the team and I was a little surprised as I knew there were other good players that could be chosen,” said Landon.
The 5-foot-2 youngster was invited to participate in the 2021 Perfect Game Alabama All-Star Games in Hoover where the three-day event featured skills competition on the first day with games being played the remaining two days. His fastball was clocked at 55 miles per hour and his hitting and fielding talents were assessed by Perfect Game coaches. Three weeks later, his official invitation arrived inviting him to the elite event in the Peach State on a 14-player squad.
“I have fun playing baseball and like the competitive part of game,” said Landon. “On pitcher’s mound I concentrate on my mechanics so I can pitch well. I have a good fastball and a changeup and I’m working on a cutter. At first base, I concentrate on catching the ball and use my height to stretch my body to catch the ball. At the plate, I have base hits and some homeruns while batting fourth in the lineup.”
Landon checked into baseball at age four and soon was named an All-Star in the 6U division as part of the Madison Baseball Association at Palmer Park. He transferred to travel ball a season later and currently hangs his cleats among the 10U Knights South, which includes five players from Madison among its roster. Landon is regarded as possibly the best player on the team.
“My goal is one day play in Major League Baseball for my favorite team the Atlanta Braves,” said Landon. “I practice a lot along with taking hitting and pitching lessons. I sometimes bring a friend over to my house for pitching practice as I have a pitcher’s mound in the backyard.”
Travels for sports is also part of the Lee family in a secondary way as Landon’s eight-year old sister also plays travel softball.
A straight A student in the classroom, Landon is also a strong student of the game. He watches Major League games on television and he and his parents have attended numerous Trash Pandas games at Toyota Field. Studying the game and listening to coaching has made him a solid hitter, a consistent fielder in the field and an accurate pitcher. All of those athletic skills have led him to be among elite players in an elite format of baseball in a national event.