Ladner Carries The Flag For Mississippi
Londen Ladner

April 24, 2014

By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com

As Londen Ladner prepares for the end of her four-year career at Ole Miss, she hopes she advanced the sport of softball in Mississippi and paved the way for future student-athletes, if only a small part.

The Brandon, Miss., native was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi as a junior and senior at Northwest Rankin High School. And unlike most players at the collegiate level, Ladner played both slow-pitch and fast-pitch in high school.

She had plenty of walk-on offers throughout the Southeastern Conference, but she narrowed her choices to Ole Miss, Central Arkansas and Louisiana-Lafayette. She had better offers from other schools, but she wanted to stay in state and for other great players in Mississippi to look in state to see the potential.

“As a kid, I always wanted to play in the SEC, and as I got older I noticed there weren’t a lot of players from in-state on the roster,” Ladner said. “It became a goal of mine to stay in state because we do have talent, even though we’re a little behind. It’s awesome to be able to represent your state on the field.”

Lander has been a four-year starter at third base and first base, playing in 204 games with 202 starts. She ranks third in school history with 25 home runs and also ranks in the top 10 in batting average (.295), hits (158), doubles (33), runs batted in (121), walks (91), total bases (266), slugging percentage (.498), and on-base percentage (.417).

The lone native Mississippian on this year’s roster, she has carried the flag for the state, on and off the field, and even on the recruiting trail. An emotional leader and dynamic personality, people are drawn to her and feed off her energy.

“She’s a special kid,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “She has actually helped us recruit some kids in the state of Mississippi that we will have coming here to Ole Miss over the next couple of years. She has so much pride in her state and her school. She’s a great person to show how someone can play fast pitch and slow pitch and come through those ranks. She’s developed so much as a hitter and as a player. She has become a complete player over her four years and has been a leader since I have been here.”


 

 

“Mississippi is a small state, so growing up, everyone knew my name because I got Gatorade Player of the Year my junior and senior years,” Ladner said. It’s good to be able to play for those kids who look up to you, especially here at Ole Miss. I work all the camps, and you see a lot of familiar faces, and they’re always like, ‘We’re from Mississippi, too. I want to be in your shoes when I get older.’ I take a lot of pride in that. It’s something great to hear and it keeps me going day in and day out.”

As a part of this year’s six-member senior class, she has helped change the culture and direction of Ole Miss softball. Teams in the past lost, and they were used to it. Now, the team has a mentality of going into games knowing they should win.

Ladner and her senior teammates were a part of that change in culture in hopes of the program taking the next step forward to be in the top 25 and go to the SEC and NCAA tournaments.

She hopes to be a part of a similar change within her home state and show you can rise through the ranks in Mississippi and play collegiate softball at the highest level.

“The best thing about it is knowing that it’s possible,” Ladner said. “If you put in the time, effort, practice, and you get your name out with recruiting and you go to camps and you do all those great things, you can be doing the same thing I’m doing. It was a challenge, but you can do it.”

Austin Miller is a writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. He joined the staff in June 2013 after serving as sports editor of the Daily Mississippian. Follow him on Twitter @austinkmiller

    • Tunsil Named AFC East Rookie of the Year by ESPN

      Monday, January 16, 2017 - Football

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Miami Dolphins offensive lineman and Ole Miss' former blind side protector Laremy Tunsil was named AFC East rookie of... read more

    • Three Rebel Coaches Among Top-20 Recruiters Nationally

      Friday, January 13, 2017 - Football

      With the hiring of Jacob Peeler as wide receiver coach, #OleMiss now has three asst coaches ranked in @247Sports '16 Top 20 best recruiters.-- Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) January 10, 2017 Ole Miss football bolstered its coaching staff by adding coaching... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Georgia

      Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Men's Basketball

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Georgia (10-5, 2-1) KenPom ranking: 61 Best win: at No. 103 Auburn Worst loss: at No. 79 Oakland Ole... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Auburn

      Saturday, January 7, 2017 -

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Know the Opponent: Auburn (10-4) KenPom ranking: 105 Best win: No. 28 Texas Tech Worst loss: No. 172 Boston... read more

    • Longo Named FCS Coordinator of the Year

      Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - Football

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #333333; -webkit-text-stroke: #333333; background-color: #ffffff; min-height: 17.0px} p.p4 {margin:... read more

    • Freeze to Join Finebaum Film Room During Peach Bowl

      Friday, December 30, 2016 -

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; min-height: 16.0px} ESPN is providing fans multiple ways to view the College Football Playoff, and Ole Miss head coach is playing... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Kentucky

      Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Men's Basketball

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px} Know the Opponent: Kentucky (10-2)KenPom ranking: 4Best win: No. 3 North CarolinaWorst loss: No. 13 UCLAOle Miss opens up... read more

    • Know the Opponent: South Alabama

      Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Men's Basketball

      Know the Opponent: South Alabama (7-5)KenPom ranking: 218 Best win: at No. 187 UNLV Worst loss: at No. 303 Stetson Ole Miss has one final tuneup before conference play begins and it comes in the form of South Alabama. South Alabama on Offense:... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Bradley

      Monday, December 19, 2016 - Men's Basketball

      Know the Opponent: Bradley (5-6) KenPom ranking: 235 Best win: at No. 222 Eastern Illinois Worst loss: No. 253 Delaware Ole Miss faces Bradley in the second-to-last nonconference matchup before SEC play begins. Bradley on Offense: Bradley has not been great this season on... read more

    • New Coordinators Help Address Critical Areas

      Friday, December 16, 2016 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze had specific deficiencies that he wanted his coordinator hires to address. On offense, he wanted to improve the rushing attack, third down efficiency, and red zone scoring. On defense, Freeze wanted his new coordinator... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Murray State

      Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Men's Basketball

      Know the Opponent: Murray State (5-5) KenPom ranking: 162  Ole Miss returns home to face Murray State in its first home game in nearly two weeks in a matchup of two strong offenses.Murray State on Offense: Once again, Ole Miss... read more

    • Haynes' Return a Boon for Ole Miss Defense

      Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - Football

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.4px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #292f33; -webkit-text-stroke: #292f33} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Virginia Tech

      Sunday, December 11, 2016 - Men's Basketball

      Know the Opponent: Virginia Tech (7-1) KenPom ranking: 36 Ole Miss faces one of the most well-rounded teams in the nation Sunday in Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech. Va Tech's offensive efficiency ranks 24th nationally, while their defensive efficiency also strong at 67th.... read more

    • Archie to Receive Gold Medal from NFF on Tuesday

      Monday, December 5, 2016 - Football

      Ole Miss legend Archie Manning will be receiving the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame Gold Medal on Tuesday, December 6, at the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner. The highest and most prestigious award presented by the National... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Memphis

      Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Men's Basketball

      Know the Opponent: Memphis (6-1) KenPom ranking: 89 Ole Miss is presented another opportunity on Saturday to grab a nice win when Memphis travels to the Pavilion for the Tigers first road game of the season. The Rebels let an opportunity slip... read more

OFFICIAL STORE

GET SOCIAL

Twitter

  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago

Instagram

Facebook