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Irving High School's Story Taking MLB by Storm

It didn't take long for North Texas native Trevor Story to top Hall of Famers in the record books.

The 23-year old Story set the record Sunday for most home runs in his team's first six games with his seventh dinger.

Before breaking the MLB record of six home runs in six games, previously held by Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt and Larry Walker, according to ESPN, Story was a shortstop, pitcher and quarterback at Irving High School. He gave up football as a sophomore to focus on baseball, which appears to have been a wise choice.

Story committed to play baseball at LSU before graduating high school in 2011. The Rockies selected him 45th overall in the MLB Draft that June and offered him a large enough signing bonus — nearly $1 million — to keep him away from Baton Rouge.

For the next four years, Story moved through the Rockies' minor league system. He was among the team's top prospects, but rarely mentioned among the top 100 in the game. In fact, it wasn't until 2015 when he started hitting like a first-round pick, putting up a .279/.350/.514 (bating average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) for AA New Britain and AAA Albuquerque.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss showed confidence in Story, batting him second on Opening Day against the Arizona Diamondbacks and former Cy Young Award winner Zack Grienke. It's doubtful that even Weiss imagined Story would hit two home runs off the Diamondbacks ace.

Following the opening series against the Diamondbacks, Story was the talk of baseball. He had hit four home runs against Arizona and become the first player in major league history to hit hit home runs in each of first three games. He even donated his batting helmet and gloves to the Hall of Fame, according to the Associated Press.

How do you follow a record-setting opening series? Story did by hitting two more home runs in his fourth game and another in his sixth.

As of Monday, Story leads the majors with seven home runs. He's halfway to the record of 14 home runs in April held by Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.

History says Story will return to Earth at least somewhat, as there are dozens of similar cases. He's also hitting significantly better than he ever did in the minors and his 8-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio also suggests this pace will be tough to maintain.

Story's road is about to get tougher, as major league pitchers have already begun to put together a book on him. In the meantime, he's just trying to enjoy the ride.

"It has been fun so far," Story told the Associated Press.

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