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Jul
08

Triplets Slam Homers in Order of Birth!


In a tournament game in South Point, WV, Portsmouth High hit three home runs in a row on their way to a victory, amazingly, they were hit by triplets, in order of their birth!

Matt, Howard and John Harcha play together for the Portsmouth team and during a May 17th game for the first time ever, the triplets homered in succession. Howard, the oldest by about a minute, generally is derided by his brothers for only having batting practice power, proved them wrong by crushing a grand slam. John followed with a solo shot of his own, and then it was left up to the youngest, Matt.

“I had the most pressure on me,” Matt Harcha said, “the other two hit one and everyone was looking at me. The pressure was on. It was our last home game, and it was my last at bat when I hit mine.”

For the season the triplets combined for 10 homers, John had 5, Matt 4 and Howard just the one. All three are planning on attending Ohio State University in the fall.

After their unique feat, a local sports fan submitted the accomplishment to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, which accepted it. Even neater, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is also planning on having an item about their exploit.

“It’s pretty cool,” Matt had to say after the game, “Pretty awesome.”


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