A West Seattle Little Leaguer had the game of his life last Thursday, when he struck out every batter he faced in a six-inning game. Jacob Terao's accomplishment surpassed more pedestrian pitching feats such as the stale no-hitter and the shrug-worthy perfect game.
"It was a real special experience because I know it doesn't happen very often," Jacob said. "I am glad that I had my catcher Kai Osaka and all of my teammates supporting me. They really helped to keep me motivated and finish the game. "
Terao accomplished the feat on 81 pitches, four shy of the Little League mandatory maximum of 85. He threw 54 strikes and 27 balls, said league president Brian Pare. His team, the WSLL Rays won 4-0 over the WSLL Braves.
No major league pitcher has ever struck out every batter he faced in a game. The record for strike outs in a nine-inning game is 20, shared by Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens. (Former Mariner Randy Johnson struck out 20 in nine innings once, but the game went to extra innings and he did not pitch the 10th inning). The Major League record for most consecutive strikeouts is 10, by Tom Seaver in 1970.
Johnson and Chris Bosio have the only no-hitters in Mariners history.