L.I. Pitcher Tosses One-Of-A-Kind No-Hitter — With 21 Strikeouts

Elmont High's Danny Aguilo Recorded Every Out By K

ELMONT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An Elmont High School pitcher made news earlier this week after doing something New York athletics hadn’t seen in 42 years.

On Wednesday, Danny Aguilo threw a no-hitter – but what makes the feat particularly incredible is that he struck out 21 batters, the most strikeouts possible in a seven-inning game, reports CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

It began as a typical game, but Aguilo quickly started having his way with batters. People who saw what came next said what ended up happening on that field was something extraordinary.

“In the first inning, I actually told him he was going to strike out every single batter that he faced today,” teammate Kevin Santiago said.

Recording every out with a strikeout hadn’t been done in New York since 1969, but that’s what Aguilo was working on as he mowed down the Hempstead High School lineup.

“I set them up with a curveball and a splitter, and my fastball was overpowering them like crazy,” Aguilo said.

“The umpire came over to me as I was taking pictures. He said, ‘I’ve never seen this before, a kid striking out every batter,’” said Hector Aguilo, Danny’s father.

As the end of the game approached, the pressure grew as Danny’s right arm continued to throw strike after strike

“Throughout the game, he seemed to get a little nervous or a little excited, and I told him to take a breath, calm down,” brother teammate Thomas Caraballo said.

By the final inning, history was beckoning. Aguilo’s father leaned over to his mom.

“He said, ‘one more kid, and he’s going to set a record,’” mother Iris Aguilo said. “I stood up. I couldn’t watch.”

The final out was like every other – another strikeout.

“Once he threw that pitch and I heard everybody screamed, I turned around and nearly fainted,” Iris said.

It was 21 outs – all strikeouts – and a no-hitter to boot, all recorded in the scorebook kept by Aguilo’s coach.

“Knowing how hard something like this is, I don’t think it’ll be done again,” Elmont baseball coach Robert Gates said.

“I couldn’t even believe it,” Danny Aguilo said. “I was shocked myself that nobody was hitting the ball.”

“It was very impressive, and something I don’t think I’ll ever be part of ever again,” Santiago added.

The league’s batters are going to be seeing a whole lot more of Danny Aguilo, because he’s only a sophomore who has dreams of one day playing college ball. First thing’s first, though. He wants his team to make this season’s sectional tournament.

The day after Aguilo’s phenomenal performance, another Elmont pitcher threw another no-hitter – this one with 11 strikeouts.

Leave your congratulations for Danny in the comments section below.

  • daniel aguilo

    doing this was the best feeling ever i just wanna keep working hard and someday fufill my dreams

  • uncle jun

    the yankees need him. we love u dannyboy.

  • Reuben Aguilo

    Congratulations Danny, I hope you continue breaking records in baseball.

  • Coach Gates

    Congrats to Danny and the Spartans! Hard Work and Dedication is paying off.

    • joe

      I noticed the article doesn’t mention the opponent. If it was Hempstead HS, it is not much of an accomplishment. The teams that make it to Williamsport can beat Hempstead and that is not an exaggeration.

  • HooDatIS?

    I AM A FAN!
    U A STAR!

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  • John K
  • E Zaragoza

    Congrats! that was amazing.stay focus and keep it up, you have a bright future ahead of you. Good Luck!

  • Elyzsabeth Ahne

    Way to go, Danny!

    (*Removing your baseball cap to ruffle your hair in admiration and pride, then putting it back on your head again*)

  • Steve D .

    Please contact the Mets ASAP) . They need you ASAP but finish school first .

  • JoeV

    The young man pitches a no hitter and strikes out 21 batters as stated and some of you have to knock the writer for not mentioning two walks. For those who wish to see walks here is a link you can go to and read.


  • Michael Beauchot

    Thanks to Danny’s mother for telling the information about the two walks – information the writer shoud have included as its omission does make it sound like a perfect game.
    Not perfect, but Wow!

  • slovensko625

    it’s possible to strike out more than 21 in a seven inning game and still pitch a no hitter by striking a batter out with a wild pitch or passed ball which allows the runner to reach base. the writer did not recognize that possibility. either way, heck of a performance.

    • Pur

      quite right – the reporter obviously has only a casual knowledge of the game.

  • Daniel H. Fernald

    Congrats to this amazing young pitcher!

    The writer, however, is another matter. Any baseball person would want to know why this was not a perfect game. I had to read the comments to find out. Lousy sports writing, but a fantastic athetic feat!

  • iris aguilo

    he walked 1 kid after striking out 13 then went on to strike out another 7 before walking a second kid in the last inning with two outs finished by striking out last batter

  • dico j.

    Sandy alderson will soon be calling, but the kid better be cheap.

  • Donald Kron

    Why wasn’t it a perfect game? Did he walk someone or did someone get on base on an error? We need more facts.

  • iris aguilo

    what can i say this is my kid and he has worked so hard for so long to be where he is today, son just keep working hard so you can fufill your dream…

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