In 2016, Saint Louis University’s Mackenzie Peter set the single season home run record at 13. Only two years later, freshman outfielder, Sadie Wise topped that record with 16 of her own.
While attending Kirkwood High School, Wise found herself winning a seemingly endless list of awards in not only softball, but track as well, while still managing to fall under the radar of many power schools.
Although power conference teams overlooked the potential, Saint Louis University head coach, Christy Connoyer, saw exactly the player she was looking for. Wise reacted by exceeding expectations.
“She was one of those that was a little bit of a late bloomer,” Connoyer said. “You wouldn’t put her as this monster power hitter but she’s an athlete. She was more of gap to gap hitter in high school. As far as power numbers go, we’re pleased with it.”
More impressively is Wise’s late transformation to a power-hitter comes on a team that avoids teaching power hitting mechanics.
“With Sadie and a couple other kids you can see quick hands and a fast swing,” Connoyer said. “Her bat speed is exceptional through the zone, but the home runs are just a bonus.”
“I’m just more worried about trusting my swing and being prepared,” Wise said. “I just try to stay focused and keep hitting and doing what I can.”
On April 6, in the latter half of a double header against St. Bonaventure University, wise went 2-for-2 with a home run to break the former record while she was none the wiser.
“I never even knew the stats or records,” Wise said. “I never look them up I just try and focus on my game.”
Despite the broken record Wise’s goal remains the same, team success.
“My goal is to help the team win the A10 Championship,” Wise said.
Although the home run production dropped off after hitting number 14, Wise is still on a good track to break the career record of 30.
On track to setting new career benchmarks in RBI, doubles, total bases, hits and home runs combined, Saint Louis University is witnessing what could be the greatest offensive player in program history.
“That kind of thing is hard to predict but she’s off to a great start,” Connoyer said. “If she stays level-headed, she has the potential to have a great career. You build a good team behind her and the sky’s the limit.”
Article by: Walker Van Wey – Lindenwood University and you can find him on Twitter @Walker_VanWey