Sheridan’s Landon Moore has been selected to play in the Futures Wood Bat League All-Star Game, slated for 7 tonight at Sanford (Fla.) Memorial Stadium.
Moore, a 2010 graduate of Sheridan High School, plays for the Leesburg Thunder in the FWL and will compete for the West in the mid-season affair. The son of Sheridan coach Mike Moore said the opportunity to play in the Florida-based league has given him opportunities he may not have received in Arkansas. And two years removed from playing the Arkansas High School All-Star Game, Moore is back on track at the next level.
“I think it has given me a better chance to be seen,” Moore said. “Scouts want to be in Florida. They can come down here and work and get a vacation at the same time.”
While Moore is not on vacation, he and traveling partner Andrew Reynolds of Cabot are somewhat living the life. The duo currently live in an RV on a lake, and when they aren’t asleep or at the field, they find themselves on the lake fishing.
“This has been a great experience for both of us,” Moore said.
Moore leads the Thunder with a .429 batting average, playing in all 13 games as Leesburg is a game out of first place in the league. His average is third best in the league.
The FWL is operated by the Florida League, considered to be one of the top summer collegiate programs in the country. The FWL is for players who have signed a national letter of intent, verbally committed, or currently play college baseball.
College players from the FWL are eligible to be “called up” to the Florida League should a roster position come available.
“I work on the field where they play (Florida League) which is made up of mostly D-1 guys, and I have been told that I will be on that team next year,” Moore said. “If everything happens like I have it planned, I will be back next year.”
Moore has 18 hits in 42 at bats, ranks second in runs scored (12), first in doubles (5) and leads the team with six sacrifice bunts. He is also 12 of 14 in stolen base attempts and leads the team in the hit by pitch category with five.
“I am not going to get out of the way of a free base,” Moore said. ‘That’s what leadoff hitters do … get on base. I think that’s where I am most dangerous, on the bases. I am always trying to take an extra base and get in position to score runs.”
As a sophomore at Ouachita Baptist University, Moore batted .248 with 34 hits, six doubles, a pair of triples and was hit by pitch 12 times. He was also 8 of 10 on stolen base attempts.
He hasn’t committed an error this year for Leesburg and was perfect in the field at OBU during his sophomore campaign.