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Dadeville player grabs "Spotlight"


Dadeville High School senior infielder Tal Bullard has been practicing stealing home all season. Last week, he put that practice to the ultimate test. Standing on third base with the game tied in the top of the eighth inning versus Reeltown, Bullard raced toward home plate as the Rebels pitcher delivered a pitch.

The steal from third in his prep career was perfectly executed with him sliding in under the tag giving the Tigers a 6-5 lead and the win, said Dadeville Coach Kyle Caldwell. It was the first home-plate steal attempt in the 5-foot-8, 120-pound speedster’s prep career.

Bullard told the Alexander City Outlook, “I’ve done it once or twice in practice, but it was just a chance we had to take.”

Reeltown had tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring three runs on one hit, four walks and one hit-by-pitch. That set up the steal attempt in the top of the eighth. Dadeville retired the side in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.

The rare steal edged out a strong hitting performance last week by unbeaten Coosa Christian’s Jackson Justus, who slugged a bases-loaded double to clear the bases in the bottom of the first inning to tie the Conquerors’ game with Collinsville at 3-3. That jump-started Coosa Christian (14-0) to an 8-4 win.

Collinsville scored three runs in the top of the first – the first time CCA has trailed all season. The double extended Justus’ current hitting streak to nine games. The Conquerors took the lead for good on Caiden Lipscomb’s two-RBI double in the third inning. Justus also pitched a three-hitter and struck out 13 in a 3-0 win over Cedar Bluff.

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