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High school kid’s ‘Matrix Slide’ greatest slide ever? (video)

Apr 15, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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Bottom of the sixth, two out, and Tupelo (MS) High is down by a run in the Division 2-6A playoffs. Caleb Walker is sent home on a single to left, and is caught dead to rights at the plate, except (Lee Majors Six Million Dollar Man music here) … he pulls up in mid-slide and jumps over the catcher to score the tying run. Look, you’ve just got to see it to believe it.

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“That’s the first time in high school I’ve seen anything like that,” Tupelo coach Gary Enis said of the Walker’s slide. “He plays hard all the time, and good things happen to those who play hard.

“It was a gamble to send him. That run changed the course of this game.”

One of Walker’s teammates called it a “Jackie Chan” move. I’ve never seen it before. Most likely Walker found himself a convenient pothole from which to dig in and begin his leap, which means we’ll probably never see this in a Major League game. Or, I could be wrong; maybe he had just watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and got inspired. At any rate, a heck of a way to keep your 17-game winning streak alive. Tupelo ended up beating South Panona, 7-2.

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