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Former Apex High, USC catcher speaks at Hot Stove outing

January 15, 2012
North Carolina



LELAND - As keynote speaker at Saturday night's annual Leland Hot Stove League banquet, Landon Powell decided to ad-lib.

He talked about ups and downs he encountered in baseball, including an unexpected offseason and minor league assignment with the Oakland A's.

"When you wing it, it's more sincere and from the heart,'' Powell said.

Twelve years ago, Powell led Apex to an N.C. High School Athletic Association championship. He signed with South Carolina and played in the College World Series three times, making the all-tournament team twice. Two years ago, he was named to Rosenblatt Stadium's Legends Team.

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