Gartman selected to Team Mississippi — After a strong year on mound, at plate, Yellow Jacket picked for honor

Published 8:26 pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Landon Gartman hit .419 and pitched to a 1.19 ERA for the Enterprise Yellow Jackets this past season.

His accolades did not go unnoticed, as the senior was selected to play for Team Mississippi this week.

“I found out about three weeks ago that I was going to get this opportunity,” Gartman said. “It’s been a great experience, and I’m happy I got to play with these guys.”

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In the batter’s box and at the plate, Gartman was a strong presence all season for the Yellow Jackets. He was the person that Enterprise head coach Cass Brister gave the ball to in the biggest situations.

“I’ve been able to hit and pitch out here, and it’s been a great experience,” Gartman said. “We’ve made too many errors in some games, but I think outside of that we’ve played really well.”

Team Mississippi has played a plethora of other games against surrounding states, and Gartman said he enjoyed being able to compete along the best players throughout the State of Mississippi.

“There’s some really good players here, and it was an honor to get selected for the event,” Gartman said. “It’s been something that I’ll get to remember forever.”

Gartman and the Yellow Jackets had an especially strong season, advancing to the third round of the playoffs against Perry Central.

He pitched three times in the playoffs, and he was dominant in all three appearances for the Yellow Jackets.

In game one against Pisgah, Gartman threw five hitless innings against the Dragons. Gartman didn’t give up a run to Enterprise-Clarke in the second round of the playoffs, and in game one of the third round series against Perry Central he allowed one earned run over eight innings.

“I thought that we did a lot of things well this season, and there were some things that I thought we could have done better,” Gartman said. “We played really well when we got into the playoffs, and I thought that was good for us. We had a good season.”

Gartman said he and fellow senior Hunter Richardson will have to display valuable leadership so that the Yellow Jackets can get back into the playoffs and compete for a state championship.

“Hunter and I are going to have to show guys the right way to do things,” Gartman said. “When things aren’t going right in practice, we’ll have to be the ones that make sure that we get it right. That’s what we’ll have to do for the team as seniors.”

The 2019 version of the Yellow Jackets will be loaded with senior talent, and an ace that returns after a phenomenal junior season.

“What makes Landon great is that when maybe he doesn’t have his best stuff, he still competes,” Brister said after Enterprise’s first-round victory over Pisgah. “He throws hard, and with velocity, but the impressive thing about him is that he’s a pitcher. He locates and throws strikes, and that makes it really difficult on hitters.”