Ohio high schooler accomplishes extremely rare baseball feat: the home run cycle

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 14:  A detail shot of a baseball on the baseline during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Rod Mar/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
A high school baseball player in Ohio accomplished a feat never seen before in Major League Baseball. (Photo by Rod Mar/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Luke Borer, a junior at Perrysburg High School in Ohio, accomplished something you rarely see on a baseball field.

In fact, what Borer did Monday has never happened in Major League Baseball history. Borer hit four home runs in a 22-14 victory, and they were home runs of every variety.

Borer hit a solo shot in his first at-bat, a three-run bomb in his second at-bat, a two-run blast in his fourth at-bat and a grand slam in his fifth trip to the plate. That’s the rare “home run cycle,” something that has never happened at the big league level, only once in college and once in the minors.

Borer’s final statline was 4-for-6 with four home runs, 10 runs batted in and four runs scored. Making the feat even more miraculous is the fact that Borer had never hit a home run at the high school level prior to Monday’s game.

“I still can’t believe I even hit one. Those were the first four home runs of my high school career,” Borer told the Toledo Blade.

Per the Blade, four home runs in one game ties the second-best single-game performance in Ohio high school history. And not to be outdone, Borer’s teammate Nate Ball went 6-for-6 in the win. The six hits tied a state record. That’s a pretty good day for the Yellow Jackets.

Other home run cycles

Back in February, Danielle Gibson, a softball player at the University of Arkansas, hit for the home run cycle in a win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. She accomplished the feat in the game’s first four innings.

In college baseball, Florida State’s Marshall McDougall blasted an NCAA record six home runs in a win over Maryland in 1999. McDougall went 7-for-7 on the day with 16 RBIs (another NCAA record).

McDougall notched a base hit in his first at-bat and then hit a solo homer in the second inning, a three-run homer in the fourth, a two-run homer to left in the sixth, a three-run homer in the seventh, a grand slam in the eighth and then capped it off with a three-run bomb in the ninth.

Another college player, Tim Jorgensen from Division III Wisconsin-Oshkosh, went for the home run cycle on May 14, 1995.

There has been just one home run cycle in professional baseball. On July 27, 1998, Tyrone Horne of the Arkansas Travelers, then the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, a solo blast in the fifth and three-run shot in the sixth. Horne’s 10 RBIs paved the way to a 13-4 win.

The bat he used is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Horne played professionally from 1989 to 2001, but never reached the majors. He reached the Triple-A level in 1996 and 1998.

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