William Jewell College first baseman Dylan Christie ended batting practice before last Sunday’s doubleheader in Liberty with a bad feeling.
“I had a horrible batting practice,” said Christie, a 2012 graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School. “I thought, ‘Well, this might be a long day.’”
He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Christie hit five home runs in five at-bats as the Cardinals split two baseball games with Missouri S&T.
“I would definitely say I was in a zone,” said Christie, a left-handed batter. “The ball looked like a beach ball coming at me. I was just locked in. I felt like anything I was going to swing at I was going to hit hard.”
If that’s not impressive enough, Christie’s five homers on Sunday followed a Saturday game, where he hit a grand slam. He finished the weekend four-game series going eight-for-14 at the plate, with six home runs, 10 RBIs, a double and 10 runs scored.
“I think I hit four home runs in a weekend in junior college before, but I’ve done nothing like this,” Christie said. “I’ve never tried to hit a home run. I’m just trying to put a good swing on it, put it in play and let the game of baseball take over.”
Christie, a junior at Jewell, said he entered Sunday’s doubleheader focused — note on himself — but on the team aspect of the game.
“The only thing I wanted to do Sunday was win two baseball games,” he said.
In his first at-bat, Christie expected a fastball. He got one and hit it over the scoreboard in right field.
His second home run cleared the wall in right-center, as the Missouri S&T right fielder just turned and watched.
“We lost the first game Sunday as a team, so it was bittersweet,” Christie said. “I wanted my performance from the first game to carry over and hopefully get a win in the second game.”
Christie, in his third at-bat, battled back from an 0-2 count and hit a 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall.
“Everybody in the dugout was giving me a hard time after that one, so it was fun,” he said. “I had a thought at that point that it could be a special day.”
Christie entered his fourth at-bat telling himself to stay focused. He did just that and launched the baseball over the wall in straight-away center.
“When I’m running around the bases after that, it’s all kind of a blur,” Christie said. “I looked at my third-base coach and he was laughing, and I couldn’t help but laugh. It was unreal.”
Christie’s fifth at-bat on Sunday came with Jewell trying to hold on to a 9-7 lead. All he wanted to do was get on base. After being thrown fastballs the entire series, the Missouri S&T pitcher started him off with two sliders.
“The third pitch, I’m thinking he’s going to throw me another slider. He does. I hit it over the center-field wall,” Christie said. “When I got back to the dugout, I was just sitting there on the bench saying to a teammate of mine, ‘Dude what is going on?’ It was incredible.”
Christie’s long-ball highlights earned him the No. 4 spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 on Monday night.
“I have definitely got a lot of feedback from friends and old coaches,” he said.