Angelo Taijeron pitches no-hitter
DESPITE some rain from Mother Nature, action in the Guam Amateur Baseball League continued on Monday night at the Okkodo High School baseball field. The Talofofo Rangers took on the Agat Cardinals in a battle between two southern teams. Led by the outstanding pitching of Angelo Taijeron, the Rangers handed their opponents a 10-0 shutout loss. Taijeron was exceptional from the mound as he pitched a no-hitter.
In the first two innings of play, the Rangers capitalized on Cardinal errors and tagged on a run in the first and another in the second for an early 2-0 lead. Both R.J. Cruz and Robbie Rabago were credited with scoring one run apiece. Taijeron’s pitching was masterful in the first three innings as he retired nine straight Cardinal batters.
Heading into the fifth inning, the Rangers refocused on the game plan and lit up their sticks. Talofofo was able to string a total of seven hits that led to a seven-run outburst. Cruz and teammate Jose Santos paced the Ranger offense in the one-two spots. Both players went a combined 4-for-7.
Despite having his perfect game ruined in the fourth, Taijeron would regroup and went the rest of the night pitching for a no-hitter. In the sixth inning, Taijeron shut down Agat and struck out the side. By game’s end, Taijeron tallied 11 strikeouts and allowed only three base runners. The game was called after six innings due to the league’s 10-run mercy rule.
With the victory, the Rangers improve their season-record to 2-0, while the Cardinals remain winless and drop to 0-2.