Christian Batcheller ’00 was one of the finest athletes to ever don the Blue & White, starring for the football and baseball teams.
Batcheller earned three letters with each sport and was a two-year captain for the football team.
On the gridiron, he was a three-year starter at quarterback, twice earning First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-State honors while posting Honorable Mention All-America honors as a senior.
Over his four seasons, Batcheller completed 491-of-882 (.557) passes for 6,146 yards and 42 touchdowns. He graduated holding 13 school records for passing and total offense, and his 6,146 career passing yards were an ODAC record. His 6,383 total yards stood as a school record for 12 years.
Batcheller also excelled on the diamond where he played just three seasons before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 46th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft.
As a first year, Batcheller burst onto the scene by winning the ODAC’s triple crown as an outfielder. He batted .490 with nine home runs and 45 RBI in just 29 games. He was named First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-South Region following the season.
Batcheller went on to earn First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-South honors as a sophomore and he graduated holding 15 school records, including career batting average (.378), career home runs (23) and career runs scored (93). His season and career home run records still stood as of his induction to the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 1997 W&L Outstanding First-Year Male Athlete, Batcheller capped his career by receiving the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award in 2000.
Batcheller played parts of three seasons with the Pirates Organization and later played professional football in Europe and with the Arena Football League for the Cincinnati Swarm.