Faith Helps High School Pitcher Overcome Adversity

A senior at Haywood High School, Landon Wilson wrote as his farewell quote in the yearbook, “Like I have always said, four years at Haywood High School will cost me an arm and a leg.”

Classmates told Wilson that it was the funniest senior quote in the yearbook.

Humor, faith, family, friends and baseball have helped Wilson not only cope with the loss of his left arm but remain positive.

While running 200 yards from his home in Brownsville, Tenn., last Oct. 26, a pickup truck pulling a lawn mower trailer hit him from behind. His left arm was barely hanging, and his broken right leg was in danger of being lost, too.

Wilson also had a broken ankle, broken feet, broken knee and broken toes. He would spend the next 45 days at Regional One Medical Center in Memphis.

Eight surgeries included amputation of his left arm. Two titanium rods were inserted into his right leg, a plate and three screws in his left ankle, two screws in his right knee, three screws in his right foot. Four of the surgeries were to clean out grass, glass and gravel.

“If you go through one of these accidents, you have to have a sense of humor or else you probably wouldn’t be able to get through it,” he said.

A right-handed pitcher on the Tomcats’ baseball team, Wilson’s faith has grown.

“I never thought my life would be that drastically changed in one day but obviously it was and I feel like it has made me a better person,” said Wilson, a member of Brownsville Baptist Church and the son of Taylor and Beth Wilson. “The accident brought me closer to God and it opened my eyes in so many ways and brought a perspective of life.”

“God is always there for me,” he noted. “He is my shepherd. He guides me through life. I want to follow His plan.”

Amazingly, Wilson has returned to action, and made his senior-year debut on the mound against Lake County on March 15. He called it a “dream come true.”

“I spent all that time in the hospital working to get back on the mound,” Wilson said. “It was amazing.”

This season, he has a 2-0 record with a 3.93 ERA, and has recorded 14 strikeouts in 10 2-3 innings. His fastball is 75 mph.

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Source: Baptist Press