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Ja'Leiyah Johnson 2029 - Futures Elite Rising Star!

Story by Elizabeth Perez, Legacy & Legends Softball

Name: Ja’Leiyah Johnson

Nickname: Lele

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Graduation Year: 2029

Grade Point Average: 3.5

Travel Team: D1Vision 14u Premier

Projected High School: Athens High School, Alabama

Positions: First Base, Third Base, Middle Infield

Height: 5’4"

Bat/Throw: Right/Right

Pitching Arsenal: Fastball, Curve, Screw, Rise, Drop, Change-up

Overhand Velocity: 57 mph

Exit Velocity Off Tee: 69 mph

Home to First Base Time: 3.0

Planned Academic Major: Social Work

Twitter: @ja_leiyahJ

Instagram: Ja_johnson2029

Who are you?

I am Ja’leiyah Johnson a kind/shy person. I love Top Golf, softball, and making music.

New team new look!! Playing up this season

How did your softball journey begin?

My dad was asked to coach when I was 5 years old. He signed me up and said I did things a typical 5-year-old wouldn’t do for the first time playing. I’ve been playing and training since then.

5 yrs old where it first started

What are your greatest softball strengths?

My greatest strengths are my pitching and my hitting.

Where it all began ...

What kind of pitcher are you?

I’m a pitcher who embraces the moment, nothing too big or small. I learned at an early age how to deal with any pressure/adversity.

At age 9, pitching in her first All-American tournament and garnering two awards

What kind of hitter are you?

People/coaches say I’m a power hitter.

Recent stats are:

Batting Avg: .558

OBP: 563

SLG: .905

HR: 1

RBI: 25

What is your favorite sports moment?

My favorite sports moment is winning a basketball championship in 7th grade. My greatest achievement going to the All-American tournament winning the Ace & MVP award.

"Power Pitcher and Power Hitter"

How do you handle adversity?

I handle adversity and failure easily. My dad has always prepared me for that. The best thing I can do is focus on the things that I can control.

How would your friends and teammates describe you?

My friends and teammates would describe me as a hard worker, great athlete but very quiet.

Who is your role model?

My dad is my role model. This man works hard, helps thousands of people, don’t care what people think about him and very strong minded.

What softball personality would you like to spend the day with?

Odicci Alexander played at James Madison University (JMU) when I was 10 yrs old. She had the eye of the tiger when watching her play. When I watch her play, I see myself. My dad had drove me 8hrs away to meet/train with her but she had to cancel so I never got to meet her.

What is your overall softball goal/dream?

My overall softball goal/dream is to play at a high level and to play in the college world series. Then I want to help other players.

Photo Cred: KXAN

What is your favorite jersey number?

My favorite jersey number is 7 but I’m number 44 on my travel team. I’ve had number 7 since I was 6 years old. A number is what you make it, so I am embracing 44.

What other sports do you play?

I play SG in basketball. I’m good at basketball but softball is a sport that comes to me. I will be choosing another sport for a hobby like wrestling or tennis.

Monrovia Basketball

What are your hobbies and interests?

My hobbies are doing art or making music and hanging out with friends.

Friends at a game

Who would you like to thank for helping and supporting you in your softball journey?

My dad is who I will thank a million times for supporting the way he does. I don’t know how he does it, but I appreciate him to the fullest. I don’t always show it, but nothing compares to his support.

Bucket Dad

Additional Information About Lele

Walk Up Song: What You know About Ja’Leiyah

Favorite food: Taco Salad

Favorite Song: N/A

Favorite Music Artist: Lacrae

Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite Sports Celebrity: Ja Morant

Favorite Movie: Matilda

Favorite Tv Show: My Wife & Kids

Favorite Book: The Hate You Give

Favorite Travel Spot: Florida

Favorite Quote: "Be ready for the unexpected, instead of letting the unexpected be ready for you." --- Dad

Story by Elizabeth Perez, Legacy & Legends Softball, 26 June 2024

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