St. Martin baseball’s Landen Payne signs with PRCC
One local high school baseball standout is taking his talents to the next level.
This afternoon, St. Martin’s Landen Payne signed his national letter of intent with Pearl River Community College, making good on his commitment from October.
Despite missing most of his junior season due to COVID-19, Payne had jumped on the recruiting scene earlier than most as a freshman varsity contributor and a sophomore starter on St. Martin’s 6A South State championship team.
Now, as a senior, Payne is currently leading the Yellowjackets in hits and doubles as well as innings pitched and wins.
Payne says the Wildcats offered him last spring and he never really had to think twice about it. “Starting off my junior year playing baseball, Coach Avalon came to me, sat me down after a game, and said that he’d give me the opportunity to play baseball for him and so I took it. I’ve been watching them for about three years now, and they’re pretty good.”
St. Martin Head Baseball Coach Kary Bridges said, “The thing about Landen, he’s a tough, tough kid and he’s that guy that he’s a gamer. He practices hard and he prepares really well, but even as a freshman he got a lot of playing time for us and as a sophomore when we played for the State championship and the moment was never too big for him.”
Payne says PRCC recruited him as a pitcher only which makes sense considering his fastball is topping out at 94 on the gun this year to go along with a change-up and curveball.