WHITE HALL — White Hall's Landon Reed does not fit the typical mold and expectations of a third baseman, which is usually considered a power hitter.
WHITE HALL — White Hall’s Landon Reed does not fit the typical mold and expectations of a third baseman, which is usually considered a power hitter.
While Reed plays the hot corner, he is the first to admit that he does not hit for power. But he is not on the field to hit home runs.
He is in the lineup to get on base. That is why he is at the top of White Hall’s lineup, and he does fit the bill as a prototypical lead-off hitter, especially with the mind-set he has.
“Only mentality you have is find a way 90 (feet),” he said. “Anything you can do to get to first base. A walk, get hit, whatever you can do.”
Reed would rather not get hit by a pitch, but he will not shy away from it, either.
“It’s the worst, but you have to do what you have to do,” he said.
Reed, a junior, takes the approach to being the lead-off hitter to heart, and it shows in his stats. Through eight games, Reed has a .444 batting average and a .538 on-base percentage, which means he has reached base 14 times out of his 26 plate appearances for the Bulldogs (5-3).
“I have had a pretty good start to the season,” Reed said. “I feel like I have done decent. … If you get on base, that’s the only thing that matters.”
White Hall coach Skip Carr says Reed has a good eye and is just a natural in the lead-off position.
“He’s been a big asset to us all year,” he said. “I’ve known him since he was in Little League and he’s been a good hitter. He can run, he’s got good instincts on the bases and just your typical lead-off hitter.”
This year it has become even more important Reed reaches base. This is the first year teams have a chance to use composite bats, which has affected the amount of runs all of the teams have scored, Carr said.
“We’ve got to score runs with these new bats, so getting the lead-off hitter on, that’s a big deal for us,” he said. “Every run is valuable, and Landon usually starts off the game by getting on base. Getting him up with our two, three and four hitters behind him, we can usually score a run.”
Reed has eight hits and has scored six runs this year to go along with three stolen bases and four RBIs.
Reed also knows to do that he has to pick out his pitch at the plate, not just for him but for his teammates.
“You really have to be selective with what you swing at,” he said. “You really have to work the count sometimes so your teammates know what the pitcher has, and you are the one that comes back in and tells them (what he has).”
Reed said this White Hall team has basically been together since they were about 8, and he feels the Bulldogs have a shot to make some noise at the state tournament.
“I think we have a pretty good team, and we are pretty deep at all positions,” he said. “We have big expectations and we plan on making a run at it this year.”