By: John Raffel
Midland all-staters gave baseball team a major boost
In advancing to the Division 1 state semifinals, Midland boasted two all-state baseball players this season with junior first baseman Jeff Landis and senior infielder Martin Money.
Money ended his career with the most hits in Midland High School history.
“He was a three-sport athlete and definitely made his mark at Midland High,” said Eric Albright, Midland baseball coach and athletic director.
“Jeff Landis was a left-handed hitting first baseman, and hasn’t decided on a college program yet, but is looking to play big-time college baseball,” Albright said. “He’s a strong guy and understands how to have an at bat. His defense is underrated. But any program able to get him would do well.”
Money was a four-year starter.
“In all four years, he played different positions,” Albright said. “As a ninth grader, he started as a third baseman. As a sophomore, he was an outfielder. As a junior he split time between center field and shortstop, and this year he was our full-time shortstop. He’s versatile and athletic. He’s the kind of athlete every coach wants to have on their roster.”
Landis was all-district and all-conference as a sophomore, earned all-state honors as a junior and also did some pitching.
Landis and Money were Midland’s best two hitters.
“Martin had more hits as a junior and more power as a junior,” Albright said. “But we asked him to hit leadoff this year. Martin’s on-base percentage was nearly .600. He had 30 walks and 30 stolen bases. He did what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do. He had 45 hits.”