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The odds against it happening must be at least a zillion to one. But Centennial's baseball team did it.

The Eagles hit for a home run "cycle" in a 12-run fourth inning at Hammond High Monday.

Brian Kujawa crushed a grand slam. Brian Loden banged a three-run dinger. Chris Calamari ripped a two-run homer. And David Hudson hit a solo shot.

"It was pretty impressive," said Calamari, a power hitter who has four homers and four triples. "We call Hammond the 'Homerdome' because of its short fences, and we figured we'd hit a couple. But we had no idea we'd hit that many."

The fences at Hammond are 325 feet in left and right fields, and 315 in center field.

Centennial won the game, 22-9, as Kurt Weitzel also homered. Earlier this season, Atholton beat Hammond, 22-4, and also hit five home runs.

For Kujawa, Hudson and Loden, Monday's homers were their first of the season.

"With the guys we have, the homer explosion at Hammond didn't surprise me at all," Kujawa said.

"We have a lot of power, but our fences at Centennial are deep -- 360 feet down the lines and over 400 feet in center. But to hit them all at once like we did at Hammond was devastating."

For the record, here's how that unbelievable fourth inning went:

Centennial led, 6-4, when the inning began. Brian Bickerton led off with a single. He stole second, and took third when the throw went into center field. Sean West walked. West stole second base, and Bickerton scored when the catcher's throw was misplayed. Calamari then hit a two-run homer to left-center field.

Brian Loden followed with a single. David Hudson singled. Chris Forstner flew out to right field for the first out. Greg Short walked to load the bases. Then Kujawa hit his grand slam to right-center field.

Weitzel walked and stole second base. Bickerton popped out to third base for the second out. West singled Weitzel home. Calamari walked. And Loden drove his three-run homer to left-center field.

The next batter was David Hudson.

"He's not built like a power hitter, but we were all shouting for him to hit one," Kujawa said. "And he did."

Hudson's homer was to left-center field. Forstner walked. And Short fanned to end the inning. Sixteen players had batted.

It's one inning that Centennial players likely will never forget.

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