Landrus makes progress in new baseball home

    by Gundahar Brockhouse
    Published: June 29, 2024 (2 weeks ago)

    ST. JOSEPH — Luke Landrus was the quintessential new person when he moved to St. Joseph in front of his sophomore year.

    Indeed, he knew a portion of his new partners having contended with them growing up, however he’d never lived anyplace yet Charleston. What’s more, it was hard to leave Charleston. That is where his companions were. That is where he’d previously begun to show what him can do as a rookie catcher in a Trojans group that dominated 26 matches and arrived at a Class 3A super-sectional.

    Leaving Charleston for St. Joseph had Landrus feeling like he needed to substantiate himself all over again.I was somewhat calm simply moving in,” Landrus said. “In those days, I needed to show what me can do and how I play and who I’m. That occurs with everybody when you meet new individuals and join another group. You feel like you need to show what you can do. Once in a while it’s great and in some cases it’s terrible — certain individuals misinterpret it — yet I certainly felt that when I arrived.”

    The chance to substantiate himself came immediately for St. Joseph-Ogden. Landrus was a youthful starter as a sophomore in a generally veteran group with serious assumptions subsequent to dominating 33 matches and playing in a Class 2A super-sectional.

    However, that gathering embraced Landrus. Seniors like Tyler Altenbaumer, Hayden Brazelton and Andrew Beyers acquainted him with SJ-O baseball. Greeted him wholeheartedly.

    Something Landrus returned in kind this previous season. Presently, he was the veteran in a more youthful Spartans group that consistently played five sophomores. All while flourishing as a two-way player with a senior season list of qualifications more than sufficient to be named the 2024 News-Journal All-Region baseball Player of the Year.

    “He’s cutthroat,” SJ-O mentor Josh Haley said. “He needs to win. We have assumptions here, and he needed to be a piece of that. … He has such a lot of flexibility. There’s not much of folks who can play shortstop one season, get most of a lesser season and afterward be approached to pitch and play a respectable halfway point your senior season, realizing you’re getting enrolled as a catcher at a higher level.

    “I think it additionally stamps why he will find success at a higher level, too. At the point when you can play numerous spots to, one, assist a group with winning, two, be a decent colleague and, three, simply know about what’s required of you, I feel that denotes the indication of an extraordinary player.”

    ‘Couldn’t request more’
    Landrus played his first year at Charleston for his father. That 26-10 season, which incorporated the Trojans’ most memorable sectional title starting around 1960, likewise denoted the finish of Derrick Landrus’ 16-season run as Charleston mentor.

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