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Lafayette's Caleb Land - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 12:04 AM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 00:04:00-04

MAYO, Fl. (WTXL) - For Lafayette senior Caleb Land, he's thankful for every day he gets out on the diamond.

"Playing baseball's what I love," he said. Caleb tore his ACL last spring playing football, and missed his senior football season. "Being out here with these boys is what I love. It's what I want to do."

It's what he loves, and that determination to be back with his boys played a big part in recovering from that ACL injury a year ago.

"I thought if anybody could do it, he could. I really did," said head coach Tim Hanson. "He plays third, short, second, he pitches. I've even put him in the outfield. He's very instrumental. Without him, we don't have as many successes as we could have."

A true utility guy for the Hornets, and he leads the team in hits, RBI, doubles, and home-runs. His academic statistics? Near the top of the class. Caleb's got a 3.8 GPA.

"That's what's going to get you places in life," he said. "This baseball field also teaches you a lot, but the classroom's where it's going to be at."

"The work ethic to me is everything, because it shows here, it shows in the classroom," added coach Hanson. "He stops at nothing to try to excel."

Stops at nothing, and as Caleb looks to help keep Lafayette's play-off run alive, that never quit mentality is stronger than ever.

"We got a chance, because they fight hard, and they always find a way."

Fight hard. Something Caleb, knows about all too well.