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July 24, 2014

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 12:12 am | Updated: 2:52 pm, Wed Jul 9, 2014.

PELL CITY- Landon Smith has made an immediate impact for two teams in the last two years and he hopes to do the same next season with the University of Montevallo.  Smith said he was very impressed with Montevallo.

“It is close to home,” Smith said. “They offered a pretty good scholarship. They have a good baseball program. They finished second in their conference this year.”

As a freshman, lack of run support hurt Smith as he had a record of 2-8 on the season. 

Smith was one of the top pitchers in the Alabama Community College Conference in ERA with a 3.67.

Smith transferred to Snead State for his sophomore season. The Pell City native was the ace on the staff for the Parsons; he recorded a 5-2 record with an ERA of 2.06 with 46 strikeouts.

“I went to Lawson State out of high school, I was trying to go to Snead, but they didn’t have any scholarship for me at the time,” Smith said. ” I pitched against Snead my freshman year and my coach at Lawson ended up leaving, so the coach at Snead called me and I ended up going there to pitch. Dylan Calhoun needed a place to go, so I called him and told I was looking for a roommate. He needed a place to play and we both ended up playing at Snead. I had a great season and he had a great season.”

Smith said he enjoyed the time that he played with former high school teammate Dylan Calhoun with him at Snead State.

“It was nice to have another Pell City guy being there,” Smith said. “We lived together for a year, so it was pretty cool.”

Smith said that he has a chance to be a weekend pitcher for the Falcons next fall.  The right hand pitcher has lofty goals for himself as well as his team next season.

“Hopefully, I will have a good season,” Smith said. “The coach told me that he planned for me to be a conference starter for him.  Hopefully, I will have a good season and maybe win a championship.”

Losing to Alabama Southern in the ACCC tournament is Smith most memorable moment from this season. Smith got into trouble in the first inning, but he put together a dominate effort in the last seven innings, but he received a no decision.

“I gave up two runs in the first inning after that I threw seven shutout innings,” Smith said.” We were tied at 2-2 in the eighth, we brought in our closer, and he got in a little bit of trouble. We were up by two runs and we thought we had the game won. They got the bases loaded and hit one down the right field line to score three runs. They beat us in the bottom of the 10th inning. It was rough.”

Smith hopes that he will have the opportunity to fulfill his dream of being drafted in the next few years. Former high school teammate Locke St. John was drafted last month by the Detroit Tigers. Smith believes he deserves to be in the big leagues and he hopes to work his way there.

“Locke has always been a great guy,” Smith said. “He is a guy that works his tail off. He definitely deserves it; he is a talented player and he has always been. Every college player dreams of getting drafted and hearing your name called. I am going to work as hard as I can until then.”

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