Alana Johnson has been building her resume as one of the top 2022 prospects in the nation and her skills were on full display at the Select 30 National Training Camp Dec. 27-30 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.
Yesterday, it was announced that she was one of the Select 30 High School All-Americans.
The uncommitted MIF from MS Elite-Gatlin was first in the 20-yard dash with a time of 2.88 and third in overhand velocity at 65 mph at the Select 30 Camp.
"I've watched Lana play ever since she was 8-years-old, and ever since then everyone knew she was someone worth watching," 2020 catcher Rachel Platt said. "Her bat, her glove, her speed all look effortless. I'd hate to play against her. Her game face and intimidation alone would send me hiding in the dugout.”
“What's funny, though, “Platt continued, “is that it's just an exterior act. For the past three years, we've played on the same high school team, and each inning we'd play she'd crack a smile. That's what I believe to set her apart: the fact that she can be so focused and determined yet have so much fun at the same time. Sure, she may not laugh it up after a strike out (which is rare) but she never fails to make the game fun. It's a blast having someone of that caliber on the field with you. Lana is an extremely selfless individual.
Johnson batted .613 with a .733 on-base percentage, 1.138 slugging percentage, 1.870 OPS, seven homers, 58 runs scored, 31 RBIs and 23 stolen bases to lead Parklane Academy High of McComb, Mississippi, to its second straight MAIS state championship this past fall.
"Alana has been my teammate and friend for six years," 2022 1B/3B Cassidy Spears said. "Her skills on the field are far above average. The only explanation of what makes her skills above any other is her dedication, team leadership and hard work during the season and in offseason. What makes her unique is her ability to talk to anyone and while working to be the best athlete, she makes all A's in school."
2023 P/UT Skye Sharp said Johnson is one of the most reliable players on the team.
"I love Alana as a sister," Sharp said. "As a pitcher, I can always count on her during the game to back me up. Her range is amazing at shortstop. She has an excellent glove and a cannon for an arm, not to mention her bat is unmatched at the plate. When Lana is on the field, it makes my job a lot easier. It's an honor to be her pitcher."
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EXTRA STAR POWER Q&A
Name: ALANA JOHNSON
Hometown: Summit, MS
High School: Parklane Academy of McComb, MS
Club Team: MS Elite-Gatlin 16U
Graduation Year: 2022
Nickname: “Lana J”
⁃ USSSA All-American Direct Select in 2018
⁃ Winning the 13U Championship at the All American Games in 2018
⁃ Offensive MVP at McComb High in 2017
⁃ 2nd team All-Conference Parklane Academy in 2017
⁃ Rookie of the Year Parklane Academy in 2017
⁃ Two-time first team All-Conference selection
⁃ Three-time All-State at Parklane Academy from 2017-2019
⁃ Offensive MVP at Parklane Academy in 2019
⁃ MAIS 5A Player of the Year at Parklane Academy in 2019
⁃ .400 club 2018-2019 (batting average .416 and .613)
High School/Travel Ball Highlights:
⁃ Batted .611 with two homers, a double, a triple and six stolen bases at Triple Crown Nationals
⁃ Back-to-back MAIS state championships in 2018 (4A) and 2019 (5A)
Tell us about your travel team/organization and how you became involved with them?
I played in a rec league when I was 6 (years old) for my current travel ball/high school coach and he started a travel ball team, The ATAK (currently MS Elite-Gatlin) and I’ve been playing for him ever since.
Talk about your experience at the USA Elite Select 30 National Training Camp?
It was an awesome experience competing against some of the best players in the country and receiving valuable instruction from current professional softball players like Shay Knighten, Lauren Chamberlain, Chelsea Goodacre and Megan Wiggins. The opportunity to be able to interact and establish relationships with some of the best softball players in the world was priceless.
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