It’s fair to say that Richard Samudio is not a power hitter. The San Pedro (Ca.) High senior first baseman entered the recent San Fernando Baseball Tournament with a grand total of zero career home runs.
A few hours later, he had four.
As noted by the Torrance Daily Breeze, Samudio experienced what can only be considered one of the great prep power surges of all-time, hitting a total of four home runs in the same game that he hit his first. The deep balls came in a 24-7 San Pedro victory against Woodland Hills (Ca.) Taft High.
"I never thought that was going to happen," Samudio told the Daily Breeze. "After each one I was just thinking `Hopefully I'll get another one" and I just took my hacks and hit some."
That the homers came all at once was surprising, but were even more so considering the fact that Samudio’s coach didn’t consider him a likely candidate for a single deep ball, let alone four.
"He's been hitting all year,” San Pedro coach Lefty Olguin told the Daily Breeze. “He's a line-drive hitter. But I've personally in my 30 years of coaching never seen anyone hit four home runs."
As it turns out, those four home runs were just part of a truly remarkable day for Samudio. The first baseman notched two other hits to finish 6-for-6, another hard to accomplish feat at any level.
And to get six hits and four homers in the same game? That’s a relative shot heard round the world, or at least the California prep baseball world.