One of the great truths about baseball is that, regardless of how many games you watch, on any night there is a chance you will see something you have never seen before on the diamond.Read the full article
That was the case for most of the 3,011 fans at McCormick Field on June 3. On a partly cloudy Friday evening, Asheville left fielder Corey Dickerson had no difficulty putting a charge into the baseball and some energy in the stands. The left-handed hitter crushed three home runs and a pair of sacrifice flies in five trips to the plate to drive in 10 runs in the Tourists' 13-5 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets.
"It was just a blessed night, and I was also really lucky," Dickerson said. "I really didn't notice I had a sac fly early in the game. I then hit the two home runs, and the guys in the dugout starting joking with me, saying they bet I couldn't hit a third. I told myself it was a lucky night, and then it just happened. I was expecting the pitcher to pitch away from me in my last at-bat. At the same time, I was ready for that first-pitch fastball. He threw it [on a 2-0 count], and I hit it."
Dickerson made history by tying the South Atlantic League record for most RBIs in a game, equaling the mark established by Jim Barbe of Asheville in 1978.
"I read about it on MiLB.com, but I really try not to pay much attention to that kind of stuff," Dickerson said of putting his name in the record book. "I tell myself it might happen again if I just keep working hard. But I also realize it was probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I just feel blessed to be a part of it, and hopefully I'll have a few more good days down the road."