South Lexington Comes to Branson Ready to Win for Injured Teammate

Aug 1, 2021 2:43 PM
Travis Grafton

Trail to Branson

The Ohio Valley regional qualifier is a squad from South Lexington, Kentucky, who have had a journey filled with obstacles and sadness heading into Branson. On their way to qualifying for the Major70 World Series, the team’s left fielder, Landon Levenson, suffered a heartbreaking leg injury that will keep him from participating in this year’s big show. The team’s manager, Jason Binder, had this to say on the incident, “I don’t think the boys had really experienced anything like that before, and obviously they were devastated. They really pulled together after that injury and want to win for Landon.” And win they did.

The team finished in 2nd during the Kentucky state tournament but rebounded to win the Ohio Valley regional and qualify for this tournament. Coach Binder told us that they played in several tournaments and the team had a lot of experience heading into regionals, which played a big role in their success. Although, success is not a new idea for this team. This same group of players won the state tournament as 7, 8, and 9-year-olds, and expect to compete on Cal Ripken’s biggest stage this year.

South Lexington’s program is pretty large in total, but the 12-year-old age group had roughly 19-21 players to choose from when fielding this all-star team. Given the desire to win for their injured teammate, and the comradery the players have built through the years, I expect this squad to arrive in Branson focused, prepared, and hungry to compete for a world championship!

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