As a scrappy infielder at Walker High School, Tedford was right at home diving for a ground ball or laying down a bunt.
That said, once his high school days with the Vikings came to an end in 2011, Tedford didn’t get any looks at the collegiate level. From there, Tedford got a job and went to work, but baseball was never too far from his mind.
“Every day I thought about baseball. Every single day,” Tedford said. “I worked in the mines for about eight months. I turned around and figured I would rather play baseball and go to school.”
Tedford began focusing on baseball a few months ago, returning to his old stomping ground at the Walker High School baseball field to get into shape.
“I would go out there every day and hit. Morning, afternoon, it didn’t matter. I would bring somebody with me and we would just work. I had days where I would think that maybe I couldn’t do it, but I had more days where I thought I could do it,” Tedford said.
After working with former Miles College player Heath Franks to get into baseball shape, Tedford got a tryout with Central Alabama.
The JUCO national champion Trojans didn’t have a spot available, but word got out to other coaches who were in need of an infielder.
“The Central Alabama coach called the coach at Lurleen (B. Wallace) and he called me for a tryout. I went down there about two weeks ago,” Tedford said. “It went very well.”
He made the most of the opportunity and signed with the Lurleen B. Wallace Saints earlier this week. The school is a community college located in Andalusia.
“I’m proud of him for getting this opportunity to pursue his dream of playing college baseball,” Walker baseball coach Pat Ware said. “He kept at it. He called me about midway through the (high school baseball) season and asked if he could start working out at the field. I’ve had guys do that in the past and they might come for a day or two and leave. Mike constantly worked out and got better and better. He had an opportunity to go to a couple of tryouts and got picked up.”
Tedford, who says he will study either nursing or criminal justice at Lurleen B. Wallace, played varsity baseball two-plus years at Walker High School, making several appearances off the bench as a sophomore and starting his final two years.
“Defensively, Mike is one of the best guys I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Ware said. “He hit leadoff for us. He has a great baseball mind. He does all the little things you ask out of all of your leadoff hitter — he’s great at moving runners over and going deep into the count. That’s something we didn’t have to teach him. He’s a student of the game and his college coaches will realize that.”