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Ex-Kentucky DB Mychal Bailey Stars in Adult Softball Game

Ex-Kentucky DB Mychal Bailey Stars in Adult Softball Game
Chris West keeps his eyes on the ball for the Destiny Diamond Warriors in an Adult Softball League contest against JCLH Photography on Thursday at the Shuford Softball Complex. West did get a piece of the ball.

No doubt, he still has what it takes.

Mychal Bailey’s athletic gene is intact. If there’s a game being played, he wants to be in it.

Bailey is a gamer. He’s a hoss, and he always was.

In his athletic lifetime, Bailey has won two state football championships as a teeth-jarring linebacker for LaGrange High School. That was back in 2003-06.

“When the lights go on, it’s all about you,” said Bailey.

He has been there and done that. After LaGrange High, Bailey next tested his game in the junior college ranks.

He had a rowdy two years at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit from 2008-09.

The former Granger All-State linebacker kicked his game up a notch with 161 career tackles and three interceptions at Southwest Mississippi.

And that included an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Bailey went down the football road to the Southeastern Conference, as well.

The LaGrange native signed and started for the Kentucky Wildcats. Bailey played SEC style of football from 2010-11 as a free safety in the UK backfield.

In his first game with the Wildcats, Bailey intercepted a pass against Louisville. On the next Saturday, the 6-foot, 206-pound Bailey picked off another pass, this time in the endzone against the Tennessee Volunteers.

So much for the checkerboard.

Bailey went on to record 58 tackles in his junior season at the University of Kentucky. He was a football thumper.

And now, at the inviting age of 34, Mychal Bailey is still making plays and turning heads. He can fly.

“I work out all the time. I still want to be the best,” said Bailey, who left an impression on the Washington Redskins in the 2013 training camp.

Most of Bailey’s hits these days, however, are coming in the Troup County Adult Softball League. Just last Thursday night, Bailey, the former SEC defensive back, led JCLH Photography to a 10-4 win over the Destiny Diamond Warriors at the Shuford Softball Complex.

“It was fun, and everyone on our team can hit. I’m staying positive,” said Bailey.

He can still run a 4.5, 40-yard dash. He gets down the slow pitch softball baseline in breakneck fashion, too.

Bailey was off and hustling with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the second inning. Bailey, the ex-Kentucky Wildcat, eventually stole third base.

JCLH Photography got a graphic snapshot with a 7-run rally in the inning.

Bailey and the softball guys from JCLH raked in nine hits in the adult softball game. JCLH Photography posted a three-run rally in the bottom of the first inning, too.

Dropping the barrel of the bat for RBI singles were Dominique Rutledge, Wesley Kuhn and Chris James. Tay Geter also ripped a single in the first inning for JCLH as they staked themselves to a 3-1 lead.

The Destiny Diamond Warriors scored in the first inning, too, on a Ryan Patterson solo home run to left field. The Warriors rallied for three runs in the third inning, too.

Destiny Diamond got offensive in a softball kind of way with a two-RBI double from Veronica West and a run-scoring single from Patterson.

Deon Bass and Hunter Mowers stroked singles in the top of the third, as well, for the Warriors.

Ex-Kentucky DB Mychal Bailey Stars in Adult Softball Game
Former SEC football star Mychal Bailey (middle) high steps it to third base in an Adult Softball League game on Thursday night in LaGrange. Bailey, the former Kentucky Wildcat safety, plays for JCLH Photography.

 

Ex-Kentucky DB Mychal Bailey Stars in Adult Softball Game
Hunter Mowers was ready to rock and roll in the Troup County Adult Softball League on Thursday evening at the Shuford Complex.

Chris Fernsler

Sports Editor

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