Lane Gordon file photo

Former Northeast Lauderdale standout Lane Gordon, right, fields a ball at second base during a game in 2016. Gordon, who pitched this past season for Southwest Mississippi Community College, recently switched his commitment from Mississippi Valley State University to Alcorn State.

All Lane Gordon needs is the letter of intent to come in the mail.

After originally committing to Mississippi Valley State, the Northeast Lauderdale alumnus now plans to sign with Alcorn State once the school provides the needed documentation. Gordon announced his intentions to sign with Alcorn State June 16 on his Twitter account.

“I really like Coach (Bretton) Richardson,” Gordon explained, referring to the Braves’ head baseball coach. “He seems like the kind of coach I would want to play for, and it feels like a program that will put me on the path to succeed on and off the field. I think I’ll be able to contribute and help win some games.”

Gordon dealt with a right shoulder injury his senior year at Northeast Lauderdale that prevented him from pitching for the Trojans. He signed with Southwest Mississippi Community College and, after pitching to a 9.00 earned-run average in 2018, Gordon returned to form this year, tallying a 3.81 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings of work for the Bears.

After not knowing whether or not he would be able to pitch after high school, Gordon said he’s grateful to Southwest Mississippi for giving him the opportunity, which eventually earned him an offer from Alcorn State.

“After getting off to a rocky start my freshman year, they could have easily given up on me, but I was able to have a pretty successful sophomore career and extend my career at the next level,” Gordon said. “It definitely helped me out a lot.”

Considering how few athletes get the chance to play baseball at the Division I level, Gordon said it’s an opportunity he doesn’t take for granted.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and have been striving toward for a while,” Gordon said. “I ended up finishing my career at Southwest with multiple offers to do so, and that means everything to me.”

Gordon’s pitching repertoire includes a fastball, curveball and changeup, and given his competitive nature, Gordon said pitching is a good outlet to allow that nature to flourish.

“I like getting on the mound,” Gordon said. “It’s an important position, and I like being able to help my team. It’s a place where you can get away, compete and do what you want to do and get your mind off everything.”

As he waits for the letter of intent to come in the mail, Gordon is spending time coaching a 15-year-old travel baseball team out of Meridian. It’s a good opportunity to get started on his baseball plans post-playing days.

“I do plan to coach one day, and this is good for me so I can get some experience under my belt when I do get my degree from Alcorn and can get out and begin my career,” Gordon sad. “I’ll have experience under my belt.”

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