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925-820-0481
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Danville, California
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Friday, August 2
Welcome to HOOTS Baseball - A Tradition of Excellence and a National Under Armour Franchise Team

The "HOOTS" Baseball Club has established themselves as one of the top amateur baseball teams in the nation. This 'Tradition of Excellence' goes beyond our past success as a team, as we are equally proud of the accomplishments that our players have achieved at the collegiate and professional level of baseball. Consider that in the nation, only a few select teams can boast of their success as achieved by the HOOTS.  

"TRADITION LET'S YOU LEAN ON GREATNESS" 
  • 2013 Connie Mack Northern California State Champion 
  • 2013 Champion "Strike Out Lou Gehrig Disease" State Cup
  • 2012 Connie Mack West Region Runner Up, Concordia University 
  • 2012 Champion "HOOTS Fly With Owl Classic" Invitational
  • 2012 Champion Wally Kincaid Wood Bat Invitational, Pepperdine U. 
  • 2011 Connie Mack World Series, Farmington, New Mexico 
  • 2011 Connie Mack West Region Champion, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Az 
  • 2011 Connie Mack Northern California State Champion 
  • 2011 Wally Kincaid Wood Bat Invitational, Southern California 
  • 2010 Connie Mack West Regional, 5th Place, Seattle, Washington 
  • 2010 Connie Mack Northern California State Finalist
  • 2009 Connie Mack World Series, Farmington, New Mexico 
  • 2009 Connie Mack West Region Champion 
  • 2009 Connie Mack Northern California State Champion
  • 2009 Josh Anderson Nevada Classic, University of Nevada, Reno 
  • 2008 Connie Mack Northern California State Champion 
  • 2008 "Fly With OWL Classic" Champion
  • 2007 Connie Mack Northern California State Champion
  • 2007 Sierra Nevada Classic Champion, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2007 3rd Place Perfect Game National Wood Bat Championship, Georgia
  • 2006 Sierra Nevada Classic Champion, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2003 Pepsi Challenge Tournament Champion, Eugene, Oregon
  • 2003 Brea Holiday Classic Champion
  •  2000 National Champion American Legion Baseball
  • 1998, 2000, 2001 American Legion World Series
  • 1998, 2000 American Legion Northwest Region Championship 1998, 2000
  • 2000, 2001 Western Region Champion 2000, 2001
  • 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 California State Champion American Legion
  • 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 Northern California Area 2 Champion 
  •  District Nine Champion Eight Consecutive Years
  • HOOTS Selected 2011 Under Armour Franchise Team-Watch for More Details 

The HOOTS Baseball Club, founded in 1991, had it's early beginning in American Legion Baseball as Danville Amateur Baseball from Post 246.  Players from local high schools comprised the roster for all of the club's early years.  Led by the talented class of 1996, the club won it's first American Legion State Championship in historic Yountville at Borman Field, advanced to the Championship game of the West Regional in Gillette, Wyoming and suffered a difficult loss to keep the team from their first American Legion World Series.  It is here where the foundation of the club began, the standard of high achievment and committment were met, and the now curious but famous name HOOTS Baseball began.

From that 1996 season, HOOTS began a journey in American Legion Baseball that saw them achieve multiple California State Championships, three World Series appearances, and the American Legion National Championship in 2000.  But, as the geography of their base area changed, and the advent of showcase baseball began, the club slowly moved from American Legion Baseball and in 2005 affiliated with Connie Mack Baseball, a division of American Amateur Baseball Congress. While a greater competitive challenge, the 2009 HOOTS won both State and West Regional Championships in Connie Mack Baseball to advance to the World Series in Farmington, New Mexico and become only the second team in fifty years from Northern California to achieve that goal. 

While many players from those early years went on to successful collegiate careers and selection to professional baseball, the 2003 professional draft by Major League Baseball saw a former HOOTS player and local player, Nate Schierholz, become the second round pick of the San Francisco Giants and the 63rd pick overall. In addition, five other former HOOTS players were selected in the draft and former standout pitcher, Mateo Miramontes, who was selected by the New York Mets in the sixth round, followed Nate. Mateo was a member of the 2000 National Championship Team that set an American Legion record for lowest ERA. Overall the HOOTS Baseball Club had more players selected from one program than any amateur baseball program in Northern California.  Since that year, the club has seen many players receive scholarships to advance to the collegiate level, some choosing to do so from a junior college, and several players selected in the professional baseball draft.  In 2010 draft, two former 3 year HOOTS players, Josh Slatts and Nick Bartalone, were some of the highest selected players from the bay area

These accomplishments are outstanding, but it is also important to note that since 1996, over 90% of the HOOTS players go on to play college baseball. Today, players have choices, but the strength of our program has been from the local players staying home to make the HOOTS one of the top teams in the country year after year. That commitment, during the fall program and the summer schedule, has separated us from all other baseball programs. Our silent creed, "Champions Are Made When No One Is Watching" has served us well for many years.  It also has led us to make a commitment to our players, to teach the game as well as give them the opportunity for exposure to college coaches and professional scouts.  With that in mind, our schedule is packed with games against teams from all types of leagues that have excellent reputations. Regardless of their national affiliation, we compete where the best teams play, and our tournament schedule is outstanding.

Many players join the HOOTS from the Fall Development Program which operates on Sunday only during the off season.  All players are welcome to participate.  Players are selected for the HOOTS Summer teams from the fall program and by invitation from the coaching staff.   Please contact Coach Don Johns at 925-820-0481, or email at don.johns@comcast.net for further details regarding the HOOTS Baseball Club. 


Disclaimer: This site is intended soley for the information and entertainment of the Danville Hoots Baseball Players, Parents, Coaches and Fans.



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2013 HOOTS CONNIE MACK CHAMPIONSHIP

Thursday, July 24
HOOTS CONNIE MACK TEAM AT WESTERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The HOOTS continued to advance undefeated at the Connie Mack West Regional tournament  in Southern California for the World Series berth when they defeated the Bercovich 24 team 5-1 in Round 2 of the tournament.  Junior pitcher Joey Matulonich pitched a complete game for the HOOTS.  The HOOTS fell behind early in the game, 1-0, but Mutulonich continued to contain the offense of Bercovich 24 until their own offense was able to get on track in the 3rd inning on key RBIs' by Ryan Anderson.  Manager Don Johns, "our defense is solid and we just had an issue in the first inning. I don't really know, maybe to much time at the beach.  Joey settled in after, did a great job,  and we were able to turn key double plays to help him when he needed it.  Very proud of our guys as they battle thru the tournament. We did not take an easy path to get here.   We are focused, and our players know what they need to do to reach their goal."

The HOOTS Connie Mack Team that recently won the California North State Championship opened the West Regional Championship on Tuesday July 22 held in Southern California with a 5-0 shut out over the Utah State Champion.  The HOOTS are seeking for the right to advance for the 3rd time in recent years to the Connie Mack World Series In Farmington, New Mexico.  Junior pitcher Jacob Knight pitched a complete game for the HOOTS.  The offense was sparked by catcher Tim Susnara, who led the team with his offense as well as his outstanding defense and leadership ability.

The surprise upset in the first day was the defeat of the Southern California Renegades in a 2-1 game to the Nevada State Champion. The HOOTS will resume play at 7:30PM on Wednesday July 23.

The HOOTS continue to maintain a high standard of achievement in Connie Mack baseball.  Since leaving American Legion Baseball in 2006, the 2014 title is their 6th North State Championship in Connie Mack Baseball. It included 2 Western Regional Championships and 2 trips to the Connie Mack World Series.

The turn around time from winning the North State Championship Sunday night was limited. The team traveled within 24 hours to get to Southern California to begin play on Tuesday at 1:30PM.  "Thsi is my 3rd year in the HOOTS program and we deal with adversity, and no one is going to do us a favor when a World Series berth is at stake.  Teams know our history, we came here to win" commented HOOTS catcher and team leader Tim Susnara.



Sunday, July 20
HOOTS WIN 2014 CONNIE MACK NORTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND DEFEND TITLE

The 2014 HOOTS Connie Mack team added their own legacy to the programs history winning the North State Connie Mack Championship, going undefeated, winning two games on the final day to capture the title.   This was Back to Back Championships for the HOOTS and Coach Johns as they completed the tournament undefeated with a record of 5-0.  The HOOTS defeated the Head First Gamers in the earyl game 9-1.  Will Pickett pitched a complete game for the HOOTS to get the win.  Catcher Tim Susnara had a 2 run home run early in the game and the offense was led by Chris Williams, Matt Winnaker and Nick Moroney.  The always tough Sonoma County Rebels defeated EJ Warriors in the early game 6-3 to earn the tournament spot for the Championship.   

The HOOTS took an early 1-0 lead, then fell behind 2-1 thru the 3rd inning.  Three year HOOTS players Tim Susnara, drafted as a catcher for the SF Giants pitched a complete game for the HOOTS. The offense worked thru some difficult innings but gained the lead in the 5th inning on key hits by Brad Pluschell, Steve Nice and Nick Moroney. 

Manager Don Johns, "Sports and a legacy are measured by results. The Connie Mack Premier teams were all in the final 4 so good teams always make it to the end.  I told our HOOTS players this is their time, for them to achieve this for themselves will leave a great memory for them, myself, Coach Dan Ward and Coach Henry Cruz who have worked so hard to get our players to respond and improve how they play.  Very, very proud or our guys.  Tim Susnara has been with me for 3 years. This was his day and he led us as expected as a great leader.  I hope our young players paid attention!!!"

The HOOTS Begin play on Tuesday at the Connie Mack West Regional Championship in Southern California at 1:30PM at Golden West College.  8 Teams represent the Western United States.  The past 4 years the only two teams to advance to the World Series are the HOOTS and the Southern California Renegades.  The battle for the World Series will continue!

The HOOTS Connie Mack team won its 3rd game on Saturday July 19 at the North State Connie Mack Championship at Chabot College.  The HOOTS defeated EJ Sports Warriors 9-1.  The Northern California Championship now has 4 teams remaining to earn their way to the Western Regional in Southern California beginning on July 22. The regional championship will advance to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.

Kyle Graham pitched a complete game for the HOOTS to get the win.  Behind an offensive surge in the 3rd inning, Graham mixed his fast ball and off speed to control the Warriors offense who took an early 1-0 lead in the game in the 1st inning.  Steve Nice, Nick Moroney and Chris Williams led the HOOTS offense. 

Earlier in the tournament the HOOTS defeated Union City Connie Mack and Santa Rosa Connie Mack who remains alive in the tournament with one loss. 

The tournament continues on Sunday July 20.  The first game begins at 11:00AM.  The HOOTS will play at 1:00PM.  The Championship game or final 2 game would be played at 4:00PM.  The HOOTS remain the only undefeated team remaining



Friday, July 18
HOOTS BASEBALL WINS 10TH ANNUAL FLY WITH OWL TOURNAMENT

THE 2014 HOOTS CONNIE MACK BASEBALL TEAM WIN THE 10TH ANNUAL FLY WITH THE OWL TOURNAMENT SUNDAY JULY  13.

The HOOTS Connie Mack team defeated EJ Sports Warriors 3-1 Sunday July 13 to go undefeated in the 10th Annual Fly With The Owl tournament held each year in Danville.  The HOOTS finished with a record of 4-0.  The HOOTS were the only undefeated team in the tournament, followed by East Bay Rep with a record of 3-0-1. Three year returning HOOTS player Tim Susnara took the mound in the second inning with the HOOTS trailing 1-0 and was the winning pitcher.  Susnara is a senior catcher, drafted by the San Francisco Giants, and heading to the U. of Oregon as a catcher.  "Tim has been with me for 3 years now and is a great competitor no matter what he does on the field, or at the plate.  Just one of those very good players I have been fortunate to coach.  He sets a great role model for all of our players. We have been knocking on the Championship door all summer so this is great for our players."  Comments from HOOTS Manager Don Johns.

The HOOTS now move on to the Connie Mack State Championships beginning on Thursday July 17 as to defend their 2013 North State Connie Mack Championship.

The high level competition for Connie Mack Premier Teams begins on Thursday July 10.  Game times are 10:00AM, 1:00PM and 4:00PM at San Ramon Valley High School and Dougherty Valley Varsity Field.  The HOOTS will play each day at 4:00PM at SRVHS.  The tournament features some of the very best teams in the west which include the HOOTS Connie Mack Premier team, Playa Vista and the Desert Prospects from Southern California, California Baseball from San Diego, Reno Knights from Nevada, Yakima Beetles from Washington, and includes NorCal Baseball, EJ Sports, Santa Clara Red Sox, Sonoma Connie Mack, and Wellman East Bay Rep from Northern California. 

This is a chance for local young players, parents, college coach's and professional scouts to see some of the very best players in the west compete in a high level tournament.  Players who have been drafted in MLB amateur draft, many college committed players, and the upcoming talent in amateur baseball in the west. 

Saturday July 12 at 3:30PM the tournament has it's very popular TEAM COMPETITION.  Team compete in a home run derby,fast around the bases, outfield relay and infield relay.  Winner are awarded prizes for each event.

The entire schedule for the "Fly With The Owl"  can be found in the HANDOUT SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE.



Monday, July 7
2014 HOOTS CONNIE MACK AT THE GATES WORLD SERIES, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

  • The HOOTS Connie Mack team lost to Tournament Champion SoCal Renegades 8-6 in the Final Four at the Gates World Series.  With the game tied in the sixth inning at 6-6, the Renegades hit a 2 run home run in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for the victory.  The HOOTS rallied to become the 3 seed in tournament and advance to the Final Four after winning games against Chaffey Baseball from Seattle and the Utah Bucks.  Two HOOTS players were selected to the Gates Field World Series All Tournament team.  Junior pitcher Jacob Knight and 1B Chris Williams both had an outstanding tournament for the HOOTS. Manager Don Johns and Associate Head Coach Dan Ward commented on the tournament results to the team, "our young guys really rose to the challenge to face this competition and our goal was to improve everyday which we did. Being down early in the game and putting ourselves in a position to win was very positive for the team. Very proud of our guys to battle thru the adversity" 
  • Junior pitcher Jacob Knight pitched a complete game for the HOOTS Connie Mack team and led them to a 2-0 win at the Gates World Series held at the Gates Field in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Solid defense led by shortstop Austin Piscotty and third baseman Brad Plushkell, and the offense of Chris Williams was sufficient for the HOOTS to win a close game by both high level teams.  Coach Johns was very proud of Knight and his team, "that is as good as a performance by a HOOTS pitcher as we have had in recent years. There are no easy games here so to get the first game under our belt is good.  The Utah Marshals are a very good team and we saw very good pitching so I am pleased.  We will see the SoCal Renegades today and just need to keep this level of play and continue to compete."
  • Tough day at the Gates World Series as the HOOTS lose 2-1 against long time rival Southern California Renegades.  One of the bright spots of the day was Monte Vista pitcher John Hooper going 5 strong innings against the top rated Southern California Renegades leaving the game with the HOOTS trailing 2-1.  Chris Williams hit a solo home run in the 1st inning to give the HOOTS and early 1-0 lead.  Execution again plagued the offense as they were unable to advance runners in the late innings that were costly.  Hooper was relieved by Ryan Anderson who kept the Renegades in check.  The game ended with the tying run and winning run on base in the bottom of the 7th inning.  The past four years the West Region Connie Mack World Series representative was either the HOOTS or the Renegades.  Southern California won the 2012 National Championship for Connie Mack baseball and remain the sole threat to return again in 2014.


Sunday, July 6
CHRIS WILLIAMS SELECTED TO 2014 JOSH ANDERSON ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Chris Williams, from the HOOTS Connie Mack Premier league team was selected to the All Tournament Team at the Josh Anderson Tournament held at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Williams, is a First Team All League EBAL First Baseball from DeLaSalle High School. Chris led the HOOTS to a 4th place finish in the 12 team tournament losing 3-2 to the Reno Knights in the semi final game on a walk off double in the bottom of the seventh inning.   Chris was one of the tournament leaders in doubles, and RBI's and hit over .400 for the tournament.



Saturday, July 5
HOOTS CONNIE MACK PREMIER LEAGUE 2014 SEASON UPDATE

THE HOOTS CONNIE MACK TEAM WAS DEFEATED IN THE SEMI FINAL GAME AT THE NIT AND FINISHED IN 4TH PLACE.

HOOTS Win 3-0 and Remain Undefeated With 5-0 Record.  Adance to Northern California NIT Championship.

Two undefeated 4-0 teams, Trosky Peninsula and HOOTS Connie Mack, played to determine the opportunity to compete for the Northern California NIT Championship. Pitcher Kyle Graham took the mound for the HOOTS as they continued to pitch well, play solid defense and score runs in the tournament.  Graham was relieved by Monte Vista Junior Daniel Wilson who relieved Graham in the 5th inning.  Wilson continued to compete again in competitive game situations with positive results for the second time in the tournament. 

The HOOTS defeated Trosky 3-0 and will advance to the Championship round on Monday.  They finished their 5th game undefeated, not allowing a single run in the entire tournament and will receive the #1 Seed.  Led by San Ramon Valley second baseball Ryan Weisenberg who drove in the go ahead runs, "all we can control is trying to get better everyday as a player and as a team." 

Day 3. 

The HOOTS Connie Mack Premier League Team continues on a winning streak at the NorCal NIT and remains undefeated in the tournament with an overall record of 4-0 thru Saturday June 21.  The HOOTS defeated CenCal 14-0 late Friday night and returned to St. Mary's on Saturday to take a 9-0 win against Stockton Rams. Jacob Knight pitched for the HOOTS in the Friday night game against Cen Cal and on Saturday John Hooper took the mound for the HOOTS.  The HOOTS Connie Mack team has played four games where the pitching and defense did not give up a single run.  As the administrator for the HOOTS for many years I asked Coach Don Johns on how the team was progressing and we thought we would share his comments. 

" We felt we would be very solid on defense, which our players have done as expected.  We also know that pitching is a weakness for us given the loss of many returning players from our 2013 Connie Mack State Championship team not returning for various reasons related to their future college commitments.  Our young pitchers are developing, and we feel very good where we are at this early point on our defense and offense.  The tough games are in front of us and all we can do is prepare for what lies ahead!"

The HOOTS return to final day of action in pool play on Sunday at 9:30AM. 

The HOOTS Connie Mack Premier League Team entered their first tournament competition of the 2014 season at the NorCal NIT held at Delta College in Stockton with a 5-0 shut out against NorCal Premier Connie Mack and a 14-0 win against Kali Navy. HOOTS pitcher Sean Jenkins had a solid performance in the first game against NorCal leaving in the 7th inning. Daniel Wilson finished the game in a dificult situation with the bases loaded against the always strong NorCal team. Wilson was able to get a strike out and a ground ball double play to end the game. The HOOTS offense was led by Ryan Ruley, Chris Williams, Matt Winnaker and Steven Nice.

HOOTS pitchers Cameron Schneider and Will Pickett combined on the mound for the second shut out of the day against Kali Navy. Play resumes on Friday at 5:30PM at St. Mary's High School in Stockton.

  • The HOOTS Connie Mack Premier League Season started with a double header against Santa Rosa Connie Mack on Sunday 8. The HOOTS swept the Rebels with a 4-3 walk off win in Game 1 and won 6-0 in the 2nd game.
  • The HOOTS were well represented for post season honors in the All-EBAL 2014 team.

    First team Ryan Anderson-Foothill, Chris Williams-DLS, Andrew Schatz-DLS. Second team selections were Ryan Weisenberg-SRV, Austin Piscotty-Amador, Steven Nice-Amador. Honorable Mention was awarded to Nick Moroney-SRV, Jake Macintosh-Amador, and Bradley Pluschkell-Amador. Ryan Anderson was a Finalist for the 2014 Bay Area Baseball Player of the Year. Max Preps ranked the EBAL as the #9 most difficult high school program in the nation.

  • The NCS Division One Championship game featured the top two EBAL teams, DeLa Salle and San Ramon Valley. DLS won the game held at St. Mary's College 6-2.
  • Junior Connie Mack player Blake Hannah finishis his junior season at 1st Team All League pitcher. His Vacaville team won the League Championship. In addition to the All League honors, Blake was selected as 2014 Pitcher of the Year and also Scholar Athlete Award.
  • Senior UCSB outfielder and former HOOTS Connie Mack players Joey Epperson on the final list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Collegiate Player of the Year. Epperson finished the Gaucho season with a .376 batting average, .483 OBP and .508 slugging over 197 at bats. He played 3 positions, 3B, OF and 1B.


  • Wednesday, September 18
    MARCUS SEMIEN TO THE BIG LEAGUES WITH CHICAGO WHITE SOX

    Former HOOTS infielder Marcus Semien was called up to the big leagues on September 4 with the Chicago White Sox.  His big league debut was September 4 in Yankee Stadium.  Facing Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia Marcus had a single up the middle of the field for his first major league hit.  He had a chance to talk with Derek Jeter while on base and Mr. Baseball simply asked Marcus "It's that easy."

    Semien was the shortstop on the 2008 HOOTS Connie Mack Team that won the North State Championship in the early years of building their Connie Mack reputation.  The team sustained a loss to the Playa Vista Orioles in the Western Regional Finals in Los Angeles for the World Series birth.  Marcus was a 2 sport athlete from St. Mary's HS and an outstanding basketball player.  He was drafted out of high school, but attended UC Berkeley before being drafted again by the White Sox after his Junior year in college.

    Semien was called up from AA Birmingham Barons where he was hitting .290 with 15 home runs.  Marcus was selected as the 2013 MVP of the Southern League prior to post season play. 

    Coach Don Johns.  "I had to look at that 2008 Connie Mack roster again after Marcus was called up. Great players with great make up.  It was a fun team to coach and watch play.  I tell everyone Marcus made plays in the infield then that pro guys would make. I am so happy for him and his family. This is well deserved for a great player and outstanding individual.  Glad he was a HOOT and I had my time with him in our program." 

    "He will not be the last guy off that 2008 team going to the big leagues" Marcus is #23 in the HOOTS Photo.



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    2008 HOOTS Connie Mack Champion

    Friday, August 3
    HOOTS U17 STRONG SHOWING AT UNDER ARMOUR SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIP

    The HOOTS Under 17 team has advanced to the Medal Playoff round at the 2013 Under Armour Southwest Championships held in Southern California.  The tournament featured 62 teams from 12 pools.  The team won their pool with a 3-0-1 record and will play in the single elimination game on Saturday.  The team is comprised only of players from graduation years 2015 and 2016.   Pitching has been good and led by Donald Camello, Will Pickett, Nick Pappis, Jack Murphy  and John Hooper.  Leading the offense are Matt Haworth, Steve Nice, Nick Moroney, Blake Hannah, Joe Vranesh, Michael Pangelinan and Jake Penix.  In the first game the defense turned a triple play by Jake Penix, Nick Moroney and Ray Soderman.  The team is managed by former Monte Vista and Cal catcher Brett Thomas who is currently an assistance coach at San Mateo Junior College. 



    Thursday, August 1
    HOOTS WIN "STRIKE OUT LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE" STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

    The HOOTS won the Ninth Annual "STRIKE OUT LOU GEHRIG DISEASE" Natural Balance Cup 18U State Championship held at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.  After losing their first game 2-0, they won 4 games in a row to bring the Championship back to Northern California.  Both final games were won as walk off victories for the Northern Calfornia team.  The HOOTS defeated the Playa Vista Orioles 3-2 in the semi final game with a game winning bottom of the 7th inning single from Marcus Wise to score Blake Hannah with the winning run.  Alex Trautner and Tyler Deason combined on the mound for the HOOTS.

    The Championship game between the HOOTS and the SoCal Bombers was won by the HOOTS 3-2 in extra innings.  With the score tied 2-2, and the HOOTS the home team with 2 outs, Wise stole second base and scored the winning run on a single by TJ Friedl. Four HOOTS pitchers combined for the win.  Spencer Johnson threw the final inning to keep the score tied 2-2. 

    "Our guys here were outstanding, as a mix of a few of our seniors leading the way and our underclass players taking the future into their hands.  We did something for someone else in terms of raising money to help fight Lou Gehrig Disease for the ALS Foundation. One of our players lost his grandfather to the disease last year so it hits close to home. And, we proved to everyone how good a team we are winning the Connie Mack North State Championship and coming here and winning the Natural Balance Cup and State title. I am very proud of these players, they will be remembered for what they gave and what they accomplished." Manager Don Johns at the closing ceremony.

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team qualified for the West Regional Tournament in Seattle, Washington but choose not to attend because of extensive travel cost due to the North State Championship not ending until late Sunday night.  The West Regional began on Wednesday with no time to plan.  The team will head south to Southern California to participate in the "Strike Out Lou Gehrig's Disease" tournament starting on Friday July 25 at Cal Lutheran College in Thousand Oaks.  The tournament features some of elite 18U teams in California and they will be playing for the right to claim the State Championship.  The tournament started in 2005 and this year will be the first year to include 18U elite teams.

     The tournament is hosted by Ventura County baseball organizations, Natural Balance, and the ALS foundation.  "Everyone can help Strike Out Lou Gehrig Disease."  The web site can be found at www.leaguelineup.com/alsbaseball//



    Monday, July 22
    HOOTS WIN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CONNIE MACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team won the 2013 Connie Mack North State Championship on Sunday July 21 at Chabot College.  The HOOTS had to defeat the undefeated EJ Warriors twice since they had lost earlier in the tournament to the Solano Falcons.  Jake Dronkers threw in the first game and the HOOTS offense was explosive starting in the first inning scoring 3 runs and continued throughout the game which was ended by the run rule in the fifth inning.  Dylan Isquirdo and Daniel Jackson led the offense with multiple extra base hits.  The defense led by shortstop and Captain Jesse Medrano was solid without errors or mistakes.

    The final game for the Championship and the West Regional berth was played following Game 1.  HOOTS junior pitcher Alex Trautner threw a complete game and the HOOTS went on to win the game 3-0.  Trautner earlier this summer faced the SoCal Renegades in a game won by the HOOTS 5-4 and that experience proved helpful with the championship on the line.  Bradley Pluschkell broke the game open with a base clearing double in the fourth inning to give the HOOTS the extra run  lead. Manager Don Johns commented, "Very proud of this team for what they accomplished.  This is never easy, and we lost some guys to injuries but we found our way when it counted.  Our program does not take the easy route, and all the teams in the tournament were very good, and I have great respect for those teams.  We are pleased with the outcome. We had a great HOOTS day!" 

    The HOOTS advanced to the Championship round on Sunday after defeating the Sonoma County Rebels 12-1.  After a 7-5 loss on Saturday to the Solano Falcons the HOOTS bounced back behind solid pitching from Spencer Johnson.  The first game on Sunday will begin at 11:00AM.  As of this late update the final remaining teams will not be determined until late Saturday afternoon. "We have not played our best game yet, nor have we played a complete game in all three phases.Hopefully that is ahead of us.  Nothing is easy at this point of our season".  HOOTS Manager Don Johns.

    The North State Connie Mack Championship started on Thursday July 18 at Chabot Collge.  Six teams have qualified for the berth to the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament to be held in Seattle.

    The HOOTS defeated the Union City Connie Mack team 6-1 on the opening day to advance to the Round 2.  AJ Puckett threw a complete game for the HOOTS.  Outfielder TJ Friedl led the HOOTS offense with a no out triple in the 4th inning to get the HOOTS first score of the game.

    The HOOTS play on Friday at 5:00PM. The tournament will conclude on Sunday July 22.



    Monday, July 8
    HOOTS GATES FIELD WORLD SERIES IN SALT LACK CITY, UTAH

    Wednesday July 10: 

    The HOOTS won two games on Tuesday to become the first team in recent years at the Gates World Series to go undefeated with a record of 5-0. The HOOTS defeated the SoCal Renegades 5-4.   Starting pitcher Alex Trautner threw a great game for seven innings and Blake Hannah relieved him on the mound.  The two young HOOTS pitchers combined to control the SoCal Renegades offense in one of the highlight games of the tourament between these two California and long time Connie Mack rivals.  The Renegades had the tying and go ahead run on base in the ninth inning when Hannah was able to get a final strike out and secure the victory for the Danville team.

    Later in the night, the HOOTS Kyle Graham faced the Chaffey Baseball Club from Seattle.  The game was won by the HOOTS 12-2 in the ninth inning on run rule.  Graham was relieved once again by Blake Hannah in the seventh inning to secure the win. 

    The HOOTS offense against very good pitching has continued to be the strong point during the tournament. The offense is being led by TJ Friedl, Jesse Medrano, Ryan Anderson, Bradley Pluschkell, Marcus Wise, Austin Piscotty and Ryan Ruley. 

    "These guys have been amazing.  Playing a complete game, against very good teams, getting enough pitching from our young guys as we rest some of our starters.  Pitching Coach Dan Ward has done a great job setting up rotations.  No one has gone undefeated at the Gates World Series.  Both the Renegades and ourselves like playing each other as we know it will be a battle and prepare us for the future.  We have a lot of respect for each other. 

    Everyone here has made comments about the way we play, how hard we work at it, and most of all have fun doing it.  Very proud of this team"

    Coach Johns

     

    Tuesday July 9:

    Connor Loar threw a 5 inning game against the Austin Wings ended by the run rule as the HOOTS left the Gates Field Stadium at midnight and an overall record of 3-0.  They remain the only unbeaten team in the Gates World Series entering into today's game against rival So Cal Renegades.  The Renegades lost to the Bucks yesterday in a walk off home run in extra innings. Today's game will be a 2013 remake of the Connie Mack West Regional Championship games the past two years.  Both teams are playing well and the HOOTS offense has come alive as the teams go deeper into the tournament bracket and pitching becomes a premium for everyone at this point of the tournament.

    The HOOTS enter the third day of the Gates World Series in Salt Lake City, Utah with a record of 2-0.  Pitcher AJ Puckett pitched in Game One against the Bucks and the HOOTS offense scored 9 runs to give the Danville team and Puckett the advantage they need behind solid defensive play.  Puckett was relieved in the seventy inning and Daniel Jensen closed the game for the HOOTS.  Catcher Daniel Jackson, and infielders Ryan Anderson and Ryan Ruley led the HOOTS offense with 3 hits each and 2 RBI's.

    Game 2: Pitcher Spencer Johnson took the mound against a very good Utah Marshall team.  Johnson pitched seven strong innings leaving the game with the HOOTS leading 7-2.  The games ended with the HOOTS on top 9-4.  The HOOTS scored twice in the eighth inning and had a comfortable lead for reliever Daniel Jensen.  The Marshalls scored once again in the eight on a home run and continue to put offensive pressure on the HOOTS.  The HOOTS faced the Marshalls top left hand pitcher but executed their offense to advance runners and have productive at bats with runners in scoring position and at 3rd base. The offense was led by Dylan Isquirdo, shortstop Jesse Medrano, Austin Piscotty and Eddie Juarez. 

    Coach Johns commented on the Gates World Series Tournament.  "These are tough games, nine innings of very competitive baseball.  This is not showcase baseball but some of the top teams in the western U.S, including the SoCal Renegades who won the Connie Mack World Series last year.  Nothing easy here and for many of us who remember the days of the Carson City Capital tournament in Nevada where we saw guys like Dustin Pedroia, Nate Schierholtz, and other major league players it brings us back to the way it is supposed to be in the game. The Gates Foundation, this baseball facility, the tournament is really first class and why we are here competiting.  If you build, they will come. We will be better for being here and our players will remember this forever."

    The Danville HOOTS will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to the Gates Field World Series which starts on July 6.  The tournament features many of the top amateur and Connie Mack teams in the west, including the 2012 Connie Mack World Series Champion SoCal Renegades who defeated the HOOTS in the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament Championship last year 3-2.  The two teams will square off against each other once again on Tuesday July 9.  You can follow the tournament at www.gatesfieldworldseries.com

    Other teams participating in the tournament this year are Cherry Creek-Colorado, Austin Wings, Utah Marshals, Chaffey Baseball and the Utah Bucks.



    Sunday, June 23
    HOOTS PLAYERS AT UCLA AND COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

    Three HOOTS players made it to Omaha and the 2013 College World Series. Infielder Chris Keck and Pitcher Ryan Deeter from UCLA and Will LaMarche, Pitcher from LSU/Chabot College.

    UCLA will face Mississippt State in the College World Series National Championship starting Monday June 24 in a Best of Three series for the National Title. All three players were former HOOTS Connie Mack players and all 3 were on the first HOOTS and Northern California Connie Mack team to advance to the World Series in Farmington, New Mexico in 2009.

    Coach Johns...."You have to play for something, and it does not get any better than playing for a National Championship.  Our HOOTS players know the importance of being the best team in the nation, and what it takes to get the opportunity. They have seen the other dugout celebrate when we lost in Farmington, and then been in the dogpile in a big championship to get that far.  Coach Savage at UCLA, his staff, our guys and the rest of that team will not settle for anything less than winning it all."



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    HOOTS at 2013 CWS

    Friday, June 21
    2013 HOOTS DRAFT AND COLLEGE HONORS

    The Danville HOOTS had several players receiving honors and selection in the 2013 MLB Draft.  Listed below is recognition to these existing and former HOOTS players.  Congratulations.

    • Mark Appel. Stanford. 2009 HOOTS Connie Mack World Series Team.  No. 1 Pick by Houston.
    • Harmon Sidhu.  2008 HOOTS Connie Mack Team. Sonoma State University. 2013 Tino Martinez Award.  Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Division II Baseball. Best single season earned run average and led the nation in same category.  10-1 record.  0.98 ERA. 93 strikeouts in 82 innings. First Team All American Honors American Baseball Coaches Association.  www.tinomartinezaward.com
    • Austin Piscotty. Amador Valley.  Second Team All League EBAL Infield.
    • Eric Crispell.  Foothill.  First Team All League EBAL Pitcher.
    • Blake Hannah. Vacaville.  First Team All Empire League. 2013 Scholar Athlete.
    • Daniel Jackson. Amador Valley.  First Team All League EBAL Catcher.
    • Jake Dronkers.  Amador Valley.  Honorable Mention EBAL.  Pitcher.
    • AJ Puckett. DeLaSalle.  Honorable Mention EBAL. Pitcher.
    • Ryan Ruley.  Livermore.  Honorable Mention EBAL. Infield.
    • Matt Winaker. San Ramon Valley. Honorable Mention EBAL. Outfield.
    • Dylan Isquirdo.  Foothill. Honorable Mention EBAL. Catcher
    • Shea Sbranti. Freedom. First Team ALL League BVAL Catcher.  2013 Reebok World Series All Tournament Team.
    • Nick Oar. College Park.  First Team All League DVAL. 2013 Reebok World Series All Tournament Team.
    • Desi Bradford. Castro Valley/Chabot College. Offensive Player of the Year.
    • Tyler Deason.  St. Francis Mt. View. Honorable Mention Pitcher WCAL.
    • Blake Billinger. St. Francis Mt. View. 2013 Perfect Game Underclass. 2013 BAWS World Series


    Saturday, September 1
    SO CAL RENEGADES-NATIONAL CHAMPIONS WIN 2012 CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES

    The SoCal Renegades defeated defending National Champion Midland Redskins to win the 2012 Connie Mack World Series and the National Championship.  Congratulations to Manager Si Pettrow and the Renegades for bringing the Connie Mack National title to the west coast. 

    Game 3 So Cal Renegades defeated the D-Bat Mustangs to advance to the Final 4 and remain 3-0 at the World Series and 3 games away from the National Championship.

    The So Cal Renegades remain undefeated at the Connie Mack World Series with a 4-3 win over the defending National Champion Midland Redskins.  The Renegades won their first game 3-2 against Ann Arbor and followed with a huge win against Midland.  Renegades Manager Si Petro stays in touch with Coach Johns and details are on the American Amateur Baseball Congress web site or at Connie Mack World Series site.

    Good luck to the Southern California Renegades to bring home the National Championship to California!!!!



    Saturday, August 4
    HOOTS CONNIE MACK SEASON ENDS AT WEST REGION CHAMPIONSHIP

    The 2012 HOOTS Connie Mack baseball season ended in the West Regional Championship game held at Concordia University in Southern California in a 3-2 loss to the SoCal Renegades.  The two rivals playing each other for the third time in four years for the berth at the Connie Mack World Series.  This year was a repeat of their West Regional Championship game in 2011 with the HOOTS winning that game by the exact same score, 3-2 to advance to Farmington, New Mexico.  Dominic Mazza started for the HOOTS on 3 day rest and was relieved by James Carter in the fourth inning to keep the Renegades within reach through the entire game.  Early control problems and walks, with key Renegade hits gave them the runs needed for their deep pitching staff to control the HOOTS offense.  The Danville team had 8 hits to the Renegades 2.  Coach Johns spoke to the players of both teams after the game and wished the Renegades the best in their effort to bring home the Connie Mack Championship to California.  "I told my guys to watch the dogpile, I know that feeling good and bad.  I pay attention to it because I want that for ourselves.  We lost to a very good team, and a very good team that we see every year and battle with to get to Farmington.  In the end, this 2012 HOOTS team will be remembered as one of only 3 of our teams since we have been in Connie Mack baseball to get to this game.  It is the hardest game to win, but we had great success this year, won tournaments, improved as players, and did it with a lot of young guys who will be returning next year.  I am proud of these guys.  We will be back"

    The HOOTS Connie Mack season ended with an overall record of 34 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie.  They won titles at the Wally Kincaid Wood Bat Invitational at Pepperdine University, HOOTS "Fly With The OWl, the Connie Mack North State Championship, and the Runner Up at the 2012 Connie Mack West Regional Championship.



    Sunday, July 22
    HOOTS WIN ADVANCE TO CONNIE MACK NORTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND WEST REGIONAL

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team head to the West Regional Championship in Southern California with a 6-1 win vs the EDH Vipers at the North State Championship.  Both teams secured a berth in the West Regionals which will feature the 10 best Connie Mack teams in the Western United States.  The HOOTS won the regional tournament last year to advance to the World Series in Farmington, New Mexico for the second time in 3 years.  The pitching staff of Conor Neuman, Sam Nathan, Eric Crispell and Tyler Nevins only permitted one run by the Vipers.  The HOOTS offense took an early 2-0 lead on key hits by Tanner Pinkston, Shawn Vincent and Daniel Jackson while the young HOOTS defense played errorless baseball. "I am really proud of this group of players.  We are young but everyone on this team can play. I have been very fortunate to have good teams and great players come thru the HOOTS program.  Our future is bright, but this team is, has and will make its own footprints in our history." Coach Johns.

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team defeated Bercovich 12-1 in the Connie Mack North State Championship to advance to the Championship game on Sunday at 12:00 at Chabot College. The victory also secured a berth for the HOOTS at West Regionals next week in Southern California.  AJ Puckett took the mound for the HOOTS and was strong thru five innings against a good Bercovich offense, but it was the HOOTS offense led by Tanner Pinkston, Dylan Isquirdo and David Elzig that gave them a commanding lead early in the game with positive at bats and execution.  The offense had seven doubles and a solo home run by Elzig to put the game out of reach for Bercovich.

    With the win, the HOOTS will advance as do the EDH Vipers to represent Northern California in the West Regional Tournament for the opportunity to go to the Connie Mack World Series in Farminton, New Mexico. The West Regional tournament will feature the top 10 Connie Mack teams from the west region.  The HOOTS won the Regional Tournament and a trip to the World Series in 2009 and again in 2011 to become the first team from Northern California in over 20 years to claim that achievement. This will be the seventh straight appearance by the HOOTS at the Connie Mack West Regional dating back to 2007.

    Four teams remain in the Connie Mack North State Tournament with 2 teams facing elimination after the game results on Friday.  The HOOTS lost a difficult game to the EDH Vipers from Sacramento 3-2 with both teams sending to the mound their top pitchers.  James Carter from the HOOTS threw a 3 hitter in the loss as the HOOTS could not execute twice during the game with runners in scoring position, and in the sixth inning could not score with bases loaded and no outs.  EJ Sports will play in an elimination game against EDH at 11:00AM and the HOOTS will face off against Bercovich at 2:00PM.  All games are held at Chabot College and will conclude on Sunday July 22 with the winner advancing to the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament in Southern California.

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team advanced to the 3rd round at the Connie Mack North State Championship with a 3-2 walk off win in the bottom of the eighth inning against NorCal at Chabot College.  Catcher Dylan Isquirdo hit a run scoring game winning single with runners on second and third with the HOOTS trailing NorCal 2-1 entering the bottom frame of the extra inning game.  Pitcher Domenic Mazza pitched 7 strong innings and was relieved by James Carter in the top half of eight inning with runners in scoring position for NorCal and the game tied 1-1, which later scored the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly.  The HOOTS rallied in the bottom frame of the eight inning and was able to secure a win with Isquirdo's 2 run RBI single.

    The HOOTS play on Friday July 20 at 5:00PM against the undefeated EDH Vipers from Sacramento.



    Monday, July 16
    HOOTS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP AT EIGHTH ANNUAL "FLY WITH THE OWL' TOURNAMENT SUNDAY JULY 15

    The Danville HOOTS Connie Mack team scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat EJ Sports 1-0 in the Championship game of the Eighth Annual "Fly With The Owl Tournament" held at San Ramon Valley High School.  AJ Puckett of the HOOTS pitched an outstanding 7 strong innings leaving the game with the score tied 0-0 and runners at 1st and 2nd base.  Sam Nathan relieved Puckett and was able to retire the Warriors to keep the game in a scoreless tie.  Jesse Medrano led off the bottom of the eight inning for the HOOTS with a base hit single, advanced to second, and right fielder Andre Davis had a walk off single to score Medrano for the winning run.  "If you missed that game, you missed one of the best amateur games played by two very good teams, with players who know each other, play together in high school, and compete against each other in Connie Mack baseball.  This was a great game for the community of Danville to see these two clubs battle it out.  Outstanding pitching performance, no errors by either team, no mistakes, just missed opportunities and one team that had a clutch hit to win the game" commented HOOTS Manager Don Johns.  Attending the game also was St. Marys Head Baseball Coach Jedd Soto who send an email to summarize the tournament and commented "What a great Championship game."

    The HOOTS Connie Mack Team advanced to the Championship game on Sunday July 15 to be played at 4:00PM at San Ramon Valley High School. The HOOTS are the only undefeated team in the tournament with an overall record of 3-0.  The Reno Knights took a 1-0 lead against the HOOTS in the Saturday night game, but the HOOTS offense exploded for 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a commanding lead. 

    HOOTS pitchers Sam Nathan, Domenic Mazza and James Carter have given up a total of 3 runs in the entire tournament.  Nathan threw a first game shut out, Mazza pitched against the very talented Desert Prospects team coached by former SRV player and HOOTS coach Pat Evans which the HOOTS won 3-1. That game started with a Max Dutto lead off home run in the first inning, and James Carter threw the game against the Reno Knights only giving up 2 runs.

    The competition through out the tournament has been outstanding and has been well attended by many Division 1 coach's from the entire western states. The 2012 field of teams have very talented rosters of committed and non committed college bound players.  The bracket for the final games today, Sunday are below.

    10:00AM @ SRVHS Desert Prospects vs ZOOTS-HOOTS

    10:00AM @ Monte Vista Sonoma Rebels vs Colorado Batters Box

    1:00PM @ SRVHS Reno Knights vs Santa Clara Red Sox

    4:00PM Championship HOOTS Connie Mack vs EJ Sports

    The HOOTS Connie Mack Baseball Team will host the Eighth Annual "Fly With The Owl" Tournament July 12 thru July 15 at San Ramon Valley High Schol and Monte Vista High School in Danville, California.  The tournament features eight of the top amateur baseball teams in the west.  The field of teams this year include the Reno Knights from Nevada, Desert Prospects from Palm Desert, Batters Box from Colorado.  The teams from Northern California include Santa Clara Red Sox, Sonoma Rebels, Zoots-HOOTS, EJ Sports and the Danville HOOTS Connie Mack Team.

    Each of these teams has an outstanding history and accomplishments in national competition.  The rosters include many MLB drafted players as well as many of the top recruited players in California and the west.

    Each day the first game will be played at both SRVHS and Monte Vista at 10:00AM. All games following will be played at SRVHS starting at 1:00PM and the final game at 4:00PM. 

    Saturday, July 14 at 4:00PM the popular Team Competition and Home Run Derby is held awarding prizes to the winning teams and players.  Immediately following the final game on Saturday will begin at 5:30PM and will feature two long time coaching friends, Pete Savage leading the defending Champion, Reno Knights and the Danville HOOTS Connie Mack team led by Don Johns and his coaching staff of Johnny Rodrigues, Bryce Mendonca, Grant Johnson and pitching coach Dan Ward.

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team will be playing in the final game each day.  The full schedule is available from the Handout section of this website.



    Monday, July 9
    HOOTS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP AT 2012 WALLY KINCAID WOOD BAT INVITATIONAL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team defeated the Playa Vista Orioles USA team 2-1 to win the Championship of the Wally Kincaid Wood Bat Invitational at Pepperdine University located in Malibu, California on Sunday July 8 and completed the tournament with an overall record of 6-0. 

    Earlier in the day in the championship series the HOOTS defeated Club All Star 5-3 to advance to the Championship game.  Both the HOOTS and the Playa Vista USA team entered the game with identical 5-0 tournament records and the HOOTS were awarded the #1 seed based on least runs allowed.  Both teams competed in a very close game that showed the strength of both clubs in all aspects.  The HOOTS received solid pitching performances from Domenic Mazza, Tyler Nevins and David Elzig in the championship game.  Dylan Isquirdo delivered the winning hit for the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

    All Tournament HOOTS Players were pitchers Domenic Mazza, Sam Nathan, Catcher DJ Jackson, Infielders Max Dutto,Jesse Medrano, and offensive selection was Tanner Pinkston.  Congratulation to all the HOOTS players for a great performance during the entire Wally Kincaid Wood Bat Invitational.

    The HOOTS limited their competition to only 4 runs thru the six games due to effective pitching and excellent team defense.  The team finished second to Playa Vista with Runs Scored.

    Tournament games were held at Blair Field-Home to Long Beach State University and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  The HOOTS family appreciates the relationship with the Playa Vista Baseball Program and Head Coach Tim Oliveraz.

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team advanced to the Championship game on Sunday July 8 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with the #1 seed and an overall record of 4-0 in the Wally Kincaid Wood Bat Invitational in Southern California.  The HOOTS have been a dominate factor in the tournament giving up only 2 runs in four games with strong pitching performances from Sam Nathan, Domenic Mazza, James Carter and Conor Neuman.  The HOOTS offense has been led by Max Dutto, Daniel Jackson and Tanner Pinkston.  The defense has been outstanding throughout the tournament and the pitching solid for combined good team results. The HOOTS won the tournament in 2011.

    You can view game results and statistics at www.wallysbirds.com



    Wednesday, August 10
    HOOTS FINAL GAME RESULTS AT CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES IN FARMINTON, NEW MEXICO

    Final Days 4 & 5:

    The HOOTS 2011 Connie Mack season ended with a loss at the World Series to Puerto Rico 7-5.  Leading at one point in the game 5-0 behind the pitching of James Carter, the HOOTS bull pen could not record the final 3 outs holding a 5-2 lead and stop the scoring of the Lobos Arecibo team who used a different pitcher in each inning.  The strategy kept the HOOTS offense from scoring after the early inning lead and limited the West Region Champion to three hits. 

    In the media interview after the game Coach Johns made the following observations.

    "You cannot defend walks, our bull pen had to pitch to contact and let our defense, the best part of our team play the game in the final two innings.  You do not want that to happen at this point of your season, and it was out of character of our pitching staff except early on this summer.  But there are a lot factors that the bench jockeys sitting at home have no knowledge as they are not here in Ricketts Park, and the pressure these players have on them.  It is the biggest game of their lives, in the biggest venue they have ever had to play in, and in front of the largest crowd.  They are amateurs, and they fail.  But so do the professional players, it just happens and it is part of the game of baseball"

    "I know that getting to Farmington and the Connie Mack World Series may be the greatest thing some of these players may achieve in their baseball lives.  I set my personal goals high, to win a National Championship.  If I accept anything less then my goals were not set high enough.  So I am disappointed, but fully recognize we won a State Championship, a very tough West Regional Championship going 5-0 in Arizona, and we got to the Connie Mack World Series which only our 2009 achieved in over 20 years from Northern California and as an organization we are one of the top 10 teams in the nation both in 2009 and in 2011.  That says a lot coming from a small recruiting area that we select our players.  We will rebuild our roster and evaluate our entire organization structure, and we will find a way to get back here and win"

    The 2011 HOOTS season ended with an overall record of 33 wins and 13 losses, and Championships at the Wally Kincaid Wood Bat Championship at Blair Field in Southern California, California North State Connie Mack Championship, and the Western Regional Connie Mack Championship.

    To players interested in the HOOTS program for this Fall and 2012 summer season, Ben Hogan said "Every day you don't practice, you're one day further from being good."

    "Champions are made when no one is watching."

    Day 2:

    "Game three of the Connie Mack World Series was a shoving match between the defending back-to-back champions Midland Redskins, and the Danville HOOTS, a team in their second appearance in Farmington"

    The Midland team won 4-3 behind the solid pitching performance of lefty Dillon Peters, a 20th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians and a signee of University of Texas.  Nick Piscotty started for the HOOTS and kept the Midland team scorless through the first two innings.  The HOOTS took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but was unable to keep the lead as Midland scored twice in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 2-2.  The HOOTS took the lead once again on a Ryan Howell double to lead 3-2.  Piscotty was relieved by Domenic Mazza in the fifth inning and was able to get a double play with the bases loaded to end the threat by Midland.  The HOOTS were unable to handle two infield plays in the fifth inning, and a pass ball followed by a Midland single for them to take the lead over the Danville team 4-3.  With a runner at 3rd base and the infield playing in and one out, Mazza was relieved by lefty Spenser Linney who retired the next two Midland hitters with strikeouts.

    The HOOTS challenged in the top of the seventh, Howard reached second base on an infield hit and error, as the home plate umpire called it a fair ball and the 1st base umpire called a foul ball.  After arguments the play was called foul.  Howard reached first base on a walk but the HOOTS could not advance him to tie the game which ended with Midland 4 and HOOTS 3.

    Coach Johns commented to the local news media "...Never happy unless we win.  We had our chances.  Should have played better defense in one inning.  We had the lead a couple of times and a great opportunity to win the game," Johns said.  "We come out of the West Region and we play a tough schedule.  We do not expect being to be in the losers bracket to be a problem...our pitching is fine."

    Sunday the traditional home run derby will take place, followed by a 5:00PM game between the HOOTS and Puerto Rico. 

     

    Day 1:

    A long trip and arriving at 4:00AM did not take away from the first day at the Connie Mack World Series for the HOOTS.  The team met with their host families, caught a few hours of sleep, and was on their float made by BP America for the traditional Connie Mack parade through the streets of Farmington, New Mexico.  With the streets lined with thousands of people to see the teams who will compete for the 2011 National Championship, this city in the badlands of New Mexico for the past 47 years have made the World Series here a special place for the all the players who have earned their way to Farmington.  This will be an event they will remember forever.

    The HOOTS received their clearance and orientation through AABC, visit at the stadium and picture, and later in the day had the opportunity to get some practice time, taking batting practice, short bull pens and a chance to get on a field.  The opening ceremony took place at 7:30PM with the stadium packed to see the teams and traditional opening day remarks by the American Amateur Baseball Congress. 

    The players here are the celebrity, the event is the moment, but the HOOTS take the field on Saturday against the returning two time National Champion Midland Redskins to play baseball. 

    Day 2:

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team will leave from San Francisco on Thursday, August 4 and head to the World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.  Due to airline restrictions the team does not arrive into Farmington until 3:00AM. The traditional Parade of Champions through Farmington will take place on Friday at 11:30AM.  The Connie Mack World Series web site is linked below.

    http://www.cmws.org/ 

    Support is being received to the web site from friends and are noted below.

    John Hughes, Northern California Scouts Association.  Florida Marlins.

    • "On behalf of the Northern California Baesball Scouts Association I want to congratulate you and the Danville HOOTS players on your Western Region Championship and your return to the Connie Mack World Series for the 2nd time in 3 years.  You continue to produce a top notch program year after year and make all of us from Northern California proud.  Best of luck to you in Farmington, New Mexico."

    Don Lyle.  Cleveland Indians.

    • "Congratulations and Great job this season Don. Beating them with fundamentals."

    Steve Friend. Chabot College.

    • "Easy come-easy go-what else is new. Its what you guys do, WIN!!! Congrats."

    Nate Schierholtz, San Francisco Giants.

    • "Great job Donny and the HOOTS going back to the Connie Mack World Series."

    James Keller, Baltimore Orioles.

    "Great job Don and good luck.  Give 'em hell down on the Bad Lands of NM.

    Rich Bordi, Reds.

    "Congratulations on getting to the World Series.  Best of luck and givem hell."

    David Camarena, HOOTS Connie Mack Player.

    "Hey coach don, this is david camarena.  Congratulations on making it back to the connie mack world series! I'm so proud of you, the coaches, and the guys! I miss you all so much and wish you the best of luck."



    Monday, July 27
    HOOTS WIN CONNIE MACK NORTH STATE TITLE AND ADVANCE TO CONNIE MACK WEST REGION TOURNAMENT JULY 29

    The HOOTS Black team defeated the Sonoma Rebels 13-1 to win the Connie Mack North State title.  Both teams will advance to the West Regional at Chabot College starting on Wednesday July 29 for a birth in the Connie Mack World Series. Will LaMarsh pitched 5 strong innings for the HOOTS and the offense was led by Stanford bound Stephen Piscotty who was 3-3 for the day, 7RBI's that included a bases loaded triple. The West Region tournament will feature the 8 top Connie Mack teams from Arizona, Southern California and Washington. The winner will advance to the Connie Mack World Series held in Farmington, New Mexico.

    The HOOTS open the West Region Tournament at 5:00PM against an opponent to be named later today.  This is an opportunity for baseball fans in Northern California to see some of the top teams in the nation and the many of the nation's best amateur players.

    The HOOTS Black team defeated the Union City Lookouts 8-7 on Saturday in the North State Tournament and remain undefeated with a record of 4-0. Jason Kochan pitched for the HOOTS early in the game and got the victory. Andrew Kjar and Andy Eslick followed on the mound in a tight game in the later innings.

    On Friday the HOOTS defeated NorCal U18 team 5-3.  The HOOTS Stephen Piscotty got the win on the mound for the HOOTS pitching a complete game.  The HOOTS play Saturday at 2:00PM vs. Union City and are guranteed a spot in the Championship Round on Sunday.

    Earlier in the tournament the HOOTS defeated the California Smoke 8-5 on Thursday.  Michael Theofanopoulos got the win for the HOOTS on the mound after entering the game in the third inning with the game tied 2-2. Ryan Deeter started for the HOOTS in the first game to get the win for the HOOTS over the Tracy Cardinals.

    The HOOTS entered the tournament as a top seed with an overall record in their league of 9-1 and an overall record with only 2 Connie Mack losses of 36-5-1.  The HOOTS are the defending Connie Mack North State Champion and have won the tournament the past two years to advance to the Connie Mack Western Regionals. 

    Game times on Sunday are at 11:00AM.

    You can follow the tournament also at www.northerncaconniemackbaseball.net

     



    Monday, August 3
    HOOTS PLAY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP AT CONNIE MACK WEST REGIONALS

    Trying to be the first Northern California Connie Mack team since 1959 to advance to the Connie Mack World Series fell on the shoulders of incoming senior left hand pitcher Michael Theofanopoulous as he pitched a complete game to defeat the California Rockies from Los Angeles in the Championship game of the Connie Mack Western Regional Tournament 3-1.  The victory sends the HOOTS to the World Series representing the West Region.  This is the HOOTS first trip to a Connie Mack World Series after being an American Legion program and winning the National Championship in 2000. 

    With the game tied 1-1, the HOOTS failed to score in the bottom of the fourth with the bases loaded and no outs.  As this team has done all year they did not let that disappointment distract them and they moved on.  In the bottom of the fifth, Stephen Piscotty with two outs had a base hit, followed by a monster drive from incoming junior Chris Keck to right center for a triple to score Piscotty.  Keck was thrown out at home after a wild throw to third base.  Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth Joey Epperson led off the inning with a home run over left field to put the HOOTS up 3-1.  In the top of the seventh, Theo got a quick fly ball for the first out, a strike out and a game ending fly ball to win the game.

    Both teams played a great Championship game with a lot of class to complete a very well run Regional Championship.

    The HOOTS will depart for the Connie Mack World Series on Thursday, August 6 and after opening ceremonies on Friday will begin play on Saturday at 7:30PM.

    The HOOTS defeated the Orange County Renegades in the Semi Finals on Saturday 8-2 to advance to the Championship Game on Sunday at 3:00PM.  Andrew Kjar pitched 5 strong innings for the HOOTS and was relieved by Andy Eslick to finish the game against one of the top teams from Southern California and the west region. The offense scored 7 runs in the first and second innings to give the HOOTS some breathing room early in the game.  The Renegades came back strong in the fifth inning but with one out a fly ball out to Carter Loud and a great throw on a runner trying to score from 3rd ended the inning.

    The HOOTS will face the winner of the 12:00 game between the OC Renegades and Ca. Rockies(LA). The Ca. Rockies defeated the Mudville Washington team earlier in the day 6-0.  The Ca. Rockies will play the Orange County Renegades at noon in an elimination game as required by AABC rules.

    WOW! Friday was a Great HOOTS Day!!

    The HOOTS advanced to the semi finals at the Connie Mack West Regionals after Stephen Piscotty pitched a complete game for the HOOTS in a 4-3 victory against the Arizona Firebirds who have been to the Connie Mack World Series 3 times in the past five years.  Both programs recognized as some of the best in the nation had a game for all to remember.  The HOOTS led early 2-0 only to see the lead diminish in the sixsth inning as the Firebirds went ahead 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning.  Trailing by two runs in the top of the seventh inning the HOOTS with two outs were able to get a key hit from Tino Liscomb, followed by a single by Piscotty, and a monster ground rule double by Chris Keck to score both runners and put the HOOTS in front 4-3. Piscotty went to the bottom half of the seventh and after a lead off push bunt single, was able to get a pick off out and retire the side without a threat to secure the win.

    The victory leaves the HOOTS and only three other teams left in the west region who are battling for the Connie Mack World Series Berth.  The level of quality amateur baseball exceeds the expectations of college coach's and professional baseball scouts.  Connie Mack baseball is all wood bat and follows the American League professional baseball rules. This is an opportunity for people to see some of the best amateur teams and players from the western states.

    The HOOTS face off Saturday August 1 at 3:00PM at Chabot College against the Orange County Renegades.   It pairs up one of Southern California's best Connie Mack teams against the top team in Northern California.  The two teams have met in the Connie Mack regional tournament in 2007 and are familiar with each other and their style of play.  Both programs are recognized as two of the top programs nationally on a consistent basis.  The Renegades are managed by Si Petro.

    The HOOTS lost 2-0 in a winner bracket game at the Western Regional to the California Rockies from LA North Connie Mack League.  Mark Appel pitched seven strong innings for the HOOTS giving up only 4 hits while Rockies left hand pitcher Erik Salcido limited the HOOTS offense to 2 hits. The HOOTS face the Arizona Firebirds at Chabot College today at 2:00PM in an elimination game.

    The Danville HOOTS won their first game at the 2009 Connie Mack West Regional Tournament against the Mudville Pinnacle the Washington State Champion in a tough extra inning game 4-3.  The HOOTS trailed Washington most of the game 1-0 as they battled through the game against Washington left hand pitcher Matt Boyd.  The HOOTS tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on an executed squeeze play, fell behind 3-1 in the top of seventh, and tied it up in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra innings. The HOOTS finally won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Chris Killeen single to score Brian Hamm from second base.  HOOTS left hand pitcher Michael Theofanopoulous got the victory for the HOOTS coming into the game in the third inning and pitch six very strong innings only giving up 2 runs.  Theo is an early committed scholarship player to the Cal Bears at the University of California, Berkeley. The HOOTS advance in the winner bracket on Thursday at 5:00PM against the Ca. Rockies from LA North County.



    Friday, August 14
    HOOTS CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES NOTES AND UPDATES

    The Danville HOOTS arrived in Farmington, New Mexico for the Connie Mack World Series. Highlights are posted each day.

    Thursday August 6:  A 6:00AM flight from Oakland and a 3 hour bus ride from Albuquerque to Farmington, New Mexico we finally arrived.  The bus was met a few miles outside of the city and provided a police escort into Farmington.  The players had the opportunity first to see Ricketts Stadium the site of all games.  A Beautiful field that seats 6,000 and every game is sold out through the tournament.

    Players and coach's attended orientation, treated to a dance routine, lots of pictures from locals, and were provided a hamburger fry dinner.  The players met their host families who they will be staying with for the entire tournament.  The coaching staff was provided a Silverado for their use during the tournament. 

    The HOOTS name continues to intrigue everyone here and received the honor of being recognized as the best amateur baseball name by the tournament directors.  Coach Johns has thanked everyone here during orientation as having the experience from other national tournaments for their organization and hospitality.

    Friday August 7:

    Farmington 'throws out the red carpet' was the quote of the day as the streets were lined deep with thousands of people for the annual parade to honor the 10 Connie Mack teams that are in the World Series.  Each team had a float provided for them and Western Refinery from Bloomfield was the host for the HOOTS.  Greatly decorated in the club colors of black, silver and white with the club slogan, "Champions Are Made When No One is Watching".  Large banners on the side with California HOOTS was a croud favorite.  The HOOTS had the honor to have the cheerleading squad from the local high school cheer for them on the float as they went down the long main street in Farmington.

    The team finally found time for a short batting session and some field work prior to the official first games.  All 10 teams were on the field for the Opening Ceremony and were introduced to the capacity crowd.  Another well done event for everyone with honor guards.  Again, the announcers claimed "Now, I love this team and they have best name in baseball, the Danville HOOTS."  You remember these moments of this experience and every coach and player knows the honor of being here.

    Saturday, August 8:

    The HOOTS lost to the Midland Redskins 3-1 in their opening game at the Connie Mack World Series to a capacity crowd at Reckitt Stadium. The HOOTS loaded the bases in the first inning to score the only run of the game, and an outstanding catch off the wall in right field by Midland to end the inning, and a key single in the bottom of the sixth inning by Midland were the difference of winning and losing.  Left hand pitcher Michael Theofanopoulous of Danville pitched an outstanding game.  The HOOTS led early 1-0 and Midland tied the game up in the 3rd.  The game remained tied until the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs when Midland broke the tie with a key single to score the go ahead run.

    Sunday August 9:

    The HOOTS battled to the end in a 7-6 loss to the Dallas D Bat Mustangs in an elimination game at the Connie Mack World Series.  The HOOTS took an early 1-0 lead from a Chris Keck home run in the second inning.  The DBat's went ahead on a 3 run home run off starter Mark Appel in the fourth inning after a 3rd out strike out pass ball was not blocked and followed with another home run in the same inning.  The HOOTS came back to take a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning spurred by a squeez bunt play.  Dallas came back in the bottom of the sixth to take a lead 7-6.

    The 2009 HOOTS season ended with a 42-9-1 record, a Connie Mack North Championship, and a Connie Mack West Region Championship and the honor to represent the West Region at the Connie Mack World Series that marks them as only the second team since 1959 to achieve that goal. 

    In an interview with Coach Johns on local media stations his comments were "we will find a way to build our team with players to help us to get back to the Connie Mack World Series and Farmington." 

    Richard Neely, President of AABC came to the field to compliment Coach Johns on the quality of the team, their play, and the way they represented the West Region during the World Series.  

    The team will return to California on Monday with a summer of great memories. 

    Earlier in the day the HOOTS host Janet Mackey from Western Refinery held a lunch for all the players and parents and foster parents to start the day.  In the afternoon the HOOTS and all teams attended the Connie Mack Home Run Derby.  Stephen Piscotty represented the HOOTS.

    The game as expected was an exciting game between two very good nationally recognized programs both having a long history but faced each other for the first time.

    Support is coming from many people and we thought we would share some of these with you.

    From Nate Schierholtz, San Francisco Giants MLB:

    "Donny-Congratulations on going to the Connie Mack World Series.  Thinking about you and the team.  The last trip to the American Legion World Series in 2001 was a lot of fun for me and the rest of the team.  Enjoy the ride and Good Luck."

    From Dean Manderson,San Diego Gamers Baseball Club:

    Congratulations on winning the Connie Mack Western Regional and advancing to the World Series. You guys are a class organization and we wish you the best in Farmington.  Good Luck!"

    From Steve Trombly, Trombly Baseball SoCal:

    "Congratulations on earning your way to the Connie Mack World Series.  The HOOTS are a great organization and whenever you aren't playing us I'm always rooting for you guys and wish you success.  Your team will be a great representative for the Western Region and I wish you luck.  Our team has been to Farmington twice and the experience is second to none.  Your players, coach's and parents will have memories from that week to last a life time.  Good luck Don and go get 'em."

    From Mario Iglesias, Head First Gamers:

    "Headfirst Bercovich hope the HOOTS continue a magical run in Farmington. I played there in 1991 for Bercovich and it is an experience I will never forget.This is great for Northern California Connie Mack and shows that in addition to the HOOTS being there all of us who are aspiring to make it there get to know what it takes to get there.  Best of luck."

    From John Hughes, Northern California Professional Scouts Association:

    "Don--on behalf of the NorCal Scouts Association I want to send out a big congrats and good luck to you and the rest of the HOOTS.  Thanks for making Northern California Baseball Proud. Nice going"

    From Head Coach Dave Esquer, University of California Berkeley:

     "Congratulations, great job in getting your team to Farmington and the Connie Mack World Series.  That is awesome and a really great accomplishment, a big deal and good job and wanted you to know.

    From Si Petro, Orange County Renegades:

    "Congratulations to your club on a huge accomplishment.  It is really a great experience for your team and they are well deserving of this opportunity.  Best of luck and enjoy the experience of the Connie Mack World Series."

    From Dave Manning, Delta Indians:

    "Congratulations to you and your group.  You have a very special group and it was really exciting to watch you play and play against you.  It will really be a neat experience for you and your boys.  I wish you well and hope you can come back with a national championship ring." 

    From Tony Crivello, NorCal Baseball:

    "Congrats on winning the CM West.  Best of luck to you guys down in New Mexico.  We will be rooting for you."

    From Dan Sozzi, EDH Vipers:

    "Good luck in Farmington, I hope you guys win it all. That would be a great accomplishment with your American Legion Championship that you won.  Keep everyone posted and let your guys know the Vipers are rooting for you to win it all."

    From Al Carrasco, Oakland Baseball Club:

    "The Oakland Baseball Club is proud of the HOOTS for getting it done the right way. Congratulations to your players and coach's on your West Region Championship.  We wish you the best at the World Series and believe that you have what it takes to bring home the crown.  Go take it."

    From your friends, Coach Joel and California Smoke:

    "Congratulations to your team and coach's on your west regional championship.  Good luck at the World Series.

    From Don Miller, Lafayette Generals:

    "Don, congratulations! You have really put together a great program.  Good luck in Farmington...and enjoy the great facility and atmosphere!!



    Hoots Connie Mack World Series
    HOOTS AT CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES, FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO
    Thursday, September 10
    HOOTS HONORED CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES C.O. BROWN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

    The HOOTS were honored this past week by the American Amateur Baseball Congress with the selection of the C.O. Brown Sportsmanship Award from the 2009 Connie Mack World Series. 

    Coach Don Johns received the letter from Carol May, World Series Administrator with the following award and announcement.  "Congratulations on your team's selection as the winner of the C.O. Brown Sportmanship Award in the 2009 Connie Mack World Series.  I hope you found your experience in Farmington to be worthwhile."

    "Enclosed you will find a trophy commemorating your acheivement.  It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope you and your team will be successful next year and will be making a return trip to Farmington."

    SO DO WE AS THAT IS OUR GOAL !!!



    Saturday, November 28
    AABC 2009 COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

    The American Amateur Baseball Congress has awarded the 2009 WEST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR to Danville HOOTS Manager Don Johns.  The HOOTS won both State and West Regional Championships and became only the second team since 1959 from Northern California to acheive a West Region Championship in Connie Mack baseball and advance to the World Series in Farmington, New Mexico. This was the third year in a row for the HOOTS to win the North State Championship for Connie Mack Baseball and advance to the West Region tournament. The HOOTS finished their season with an overall record of 42-9-1.

    In a recent interview Coach Johns acknowledged his coaching staff throughout the program for their success.  "I am not big on personal awards, so to me this award is recognition for our players who make the committment to be a HOOTS player and for our entire coaching staff who put so many hours into helping our players improve. I am proud of what we do and who we are and pleased that the AABC have recognized us for that."

    "It is obvious I am very proud of this recognition when you consider the number of teams and outstanding coaching staffs that exist in the Western Region.  This is an organization award for the HOOTS program, and not a personal one."

    After many of its years in American Legion Baseball the HOOTS joined AABC and the Connie Mack program four years ago to provide their players with a higher level of competition and exposure for the opportunty to play in a college program. 



    Saturday, January 2
    2009 PROFESSIONAL SCOUTS ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION

    The Danville HOOTS and Manager Don Johns were recognized by the Northern California Professional Baseball Scouts Association as the 2009 Summer Baseball Program of the Year.  The award was presented to Coach Johns at the annual scouts golf tournament and award ceremony on December 14 in Stockton by John Hughes from the Florida Marlins organization.  Coach Johns commented that "It always is an honor when you are recognized in baseball by baseball people for what you do, your organization, and what your players have accomplished. We had a special year and our players and coaching staff deserve this recognition for their acheivement. It didn't come without hard work."

    Also receiving recognition that evening for his dedication to baseball and scouting was former Chabot College Coach and Houston Astros Scout Gene Wellman who was presented by major league coach Tim Ireland.  Recognized as the High School Coach of the Year was Pete Jensen(now retired) for his 2009 Championship season at Serra High School.  Coach Johns was joined by former SRVHS coach Rick Steen, Chabot College Coach Mike Reardon and retired Serra High School coach Pete Jensen who all have been friends throughout their coaching careers. 



    Tuesday, August 3
    HOOTS RESULTS AT CONNIE MACK WEST REGIONAL IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

    Saturday Day 4:  The HOOTS 2010 season ended at the Connie Mack West Regional in a 3-1 loss to the Southern California Conejo Oaks.  The HOOTS ended in 5th place at the West Regional with a record of 2-2 against the best Connie Mack teams in the region.  In a game played with good pitching and solid defense, the HOOTS took an early 1-0 lead.  Conejo came back in the 3rd inning and scored 3 runs off Craig Lanza which was all they would need for the win.  Conejo ended up in 3rd place in a tournament.  The Arizona Firebirds won the Connie Mack West Regional with a overall record of 5-0 and secured the birth in the World Series starting this week in Farmington, New Mexico.  The 2010 HOOTS team faced one of the most difficult seasons in recent years against some of the best teams in the nation.  They represented themselves as a very competitive team with great character and had a high level of success in Connie Mack baseball.  Congratulations to all the players and coaching staff for a great job!!

    Friday Day 3.  The HOOTS defeated the Northwest Champion Seattle Schockers 2-1 in a 10 inning game played in the Semi Final round at the Connie Mack West Regional at the University of Washington.  The HOOTS moved their record to 2-1 in the West Regional Tournament.  In an elimination game for both teams Nick Piscotty pitched 7 strong innings of 4 hit baseball and left the game in the seventh inning with the game time 1-1.  Piscotty was relieved by Andy Eslick who pitched the a shutout in the final three innings to secure the victory for the HOOTS. The HOOTS offense was led by junior catcher Steven Moen who hit a double to score the first run and later had a hit for the go ahead run in the 10th inning.  Four teams remain as they head into the Saturday round of play. The HOOTS will play at 11:30AM against Southern California.

    The HOOTS lost to Trombly Baseball from Southern California 8-7 in the second game of the Connie Mack West Regional tournament in Seattle, Washington.  One day removed from HOOTS pitchers combining to throw a no hitter in the Connie Mack West Regional, it took four pitchers against Southern California ChampionTrombly Baseball to keep them in the game.  Craig Lanza started on the mound for the HOOTS, followed by Raul Jacobson, Kyle Slinger and Andy Eslick.  The HOOTS took an early lead 1-0 on a Chris Keck home run in the first inning.  The game ended with the tying run at second base but the walks issued earlier in the game by HOOTS pitchers became difficult to overcome against a very good Connie Mack team from their own state.  The double elimnation tournament continues as the HOOTS will play Friday night at the University of Washington.

    The HOOTS won their opening game at the Connie Mack West Regional Championship at the University of Washington in Seattle with a 5-0 win over the Northwest Champion Puget Sound Connie Mack team.  Spenser Linney pitched a six inning, no hit shut out and was replaced at the bottom of the seventh inning with the HOOTS leading 5-0.  The game was tied 0-0 through six innings and the HOOTS finally scored in the top of seventh led by a Garrett Moore infield single, another single by Chris Keck, followed by a single by Scotty Quinlan to load the bases.  Steven Moen walked and the first run was scored by the HOOTS.  Corbin Chase doubled to add two more runs.  The final run was scored on a sacrifice fly to give the HOOTS a 5 run inning and the lead.  Andy Eslick relieved Linney in the seventh inning to get the final 3 outs. The no hit pitching effort of Linney through six innings was the key to the victory for the HOOTS.  They advance to Round 2 tomorrow at 1:00PM.



    Tuesday, July 26
    HOOTS CONNIE MACK TEAM WINS NORTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

    Eight of the best teams were competiting to win a Connie Mack North State Championship, the HOOTS Baseball Club won their Fourth Northern California State Championship with a 7-4 victory over EJ Sports on the final day of the tournament.

    Never easy, difficult field of teams, great competition were the key phrases that surround the Connie Mack North State Championship Tournament.  One team stands at the end to advance to represent Northern California at the Connie Mack West Regionals.  The HOOTS became that team behind a solid pitching performance by Duke bound Nick Piscotty and Kyle Slinger, committed to Tufts University.  The defense once again was flawless while the offense was led by Chris Keck, Tyler Davis and Brandon Woo.  The HOOTS will be one of the 8 remaining Connie Mack teams in the west while the winner advances to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.  The 2009 HOOTS became one of the first teams in 20 years from Northern California to reach the World Series.  That team was led by Stanford University junior Stephen Piscotty, First Team All Pac 10 and  who is currently playing in the Cape Cod Collegiate League and was an All Star Selection this summer.

    The HOOTS will open Regional Play on Thursday at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona.  You can view results of the West Regional at:

    www.azdiamondreport.com 

    Coach Johns commented on the game with the words of Chris Keck.  "We always try to outwork everyone, Champions are made when no one is watching."

    Both teams faced with elimination in the Connie Mack North State Tournament the HOOTS defeated the West Lane Mets from Stockton 5-3 in a well played game by both teams to send them to the Championship game on Monday to determine the berth in the West Regional Connie Mack Tournament.  West Lane took an early lead 1-0 but the HOOTS answered back quickly to tie the game.  The battle between the two teams, who met each other in the North State Championship in 2010, saw the game tied 3 times before the HOOTS scored the 2 extra runs on key hits by Chris Keck and Brandon Woo. Junior San Ramon Valley pitcher James Carter threw 5 very strong innings for the HOOTS and Jack Veronin relieved in the top of the sixth to pitch to the minimum in the final two innings and secure the save for the HOOTS.

    The Championship Game will be played at 2:00PM at Chabot College.  The HOOTS and a team to be decided will meet for the berth in the West Regional Connie Mack Tournament which begins on Thursday July 28 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona.  Three teams remain in the tournament which will conclude on Monday July 25.

    The HOOTS lost in extra innings on Saturday 2-1 to NorCal-Cencal Valley in the Connie Mack North State Championship at Chabot College.  Spenser Linney pitched 7 strong innings for the HOOTS and was relieved in the top of the extra inning game.  Both teams played outstanding defense and the offense of both clubs was stalled behind solid pitching.  NorCal-CenCal Valley scored the winning run after the HOOTS intentionally loaded the bases with runner on second and third with one out.  The HOOTS bull pen failed after hitting the batter to force the winning run home.

    The HOOTS will play in an elimination game today at 2:00PM at Chabot College.  Four teams remain and after today the tournament will be reduced to two teams to determine who would advance to the Connie Mack West Regionals in Arizona.

    The HOOTS Connie Mack advanced to the winner bracket final with a 6-1 win over EJ Sports in the second day of the North State Championship at Chabot College.  Domenic Mazza threw five strong innings for the HOOTS and was relieved by Jack Veronin for the final two innings as both pitchers combined to only give up a solo home run in the first inning. The HOOTS offense got on track early in the game with key hits by Chris Keck, Tanner Pinkston and Tyler Davis.  The HOOTS played solid error free defense in their first two games of the tournament.  The winner bracket final will be at Chabot College at 5:00PM with the HOOTS and the winner of the West Lane and Cencal game held in Stockton late on Friday. 

    Saturday July 23 Pairings:

    11:00AM         EJ Sports vs Bercovich(elimination game)

    2:00PM           EDH vs West Lane(elimination game)

    5:00PM           HOOTS vs Cencal/Norcal Valley(winner bracket game)

    The HOOTS defeated RBI Baseball 7-3 in extra innings in the first round of the Connie Mack North State Championship and will play in a winner bracket game on Friday at 5:00PM at Chabot College.  Duke bound right hand pitcher Nick Piscotty started for the HOOTS and threw 5 strong innings.  With the game tied 3-3, SRV pitcher James Carter threw 4 shoutout innings.  The HOOTS finally pushed a go ahead run in the ninth inning on a Scotty Mitchell lead off double, and later scored on a Brandon Woo single for the go ahead run.  The HOOTS managed to get a couple cushion runs also later in the inning while RBI made a threat in the bottom of the ninth but Carter was able to get the save.  The HOOTS have won this tournament four years in a row to advance to the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament.  This year could be one of the best fields in recent years with outstanding teams and excellent pitching.  

    The HOOTS Connie Mack Baseball team advanced to the North State Championship as the Number 1 seed in their division and the overall #2 seed in Northern California Connie Mack Baseball. 

    The tournament is being held at Chabot College starting on Thursday July 21.  The HOOTS will play at 5:00PM versus RBI Baseball the Number 2 seed from the Connie Mack Valley League.

    The North State Championship games held at Chabot College are scheduled at 11:00AM, 2:00PM and 5:00PM.  The tournament will continue throught the weekend and will conclude with the Championship on Monday July 25.  The winner will advance to the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament held at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona.

    The HOOTS have represented Northern California Connie Mack as the North State Champion for the past four years in a row, a feat seldom achieved in Connie Mack Baseball.  The 2011 field of teams is guranteed to be challenge for all teams and will feature some of the best players in the western United States.



    Sunday, July 31
    HOOTS WIN WEST REGIONAL ADVANCE TO CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES

    Day 3 at Connie Mack West Regional:

    THE HOOTS ARE BACK!  

    Back to the Connie Mack World Series in Farminton, New Mexico with a 2-0 win over the Orange County Renegades in the Championship game at the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona.  The HOOTS finish the West Regional Tournament undefeated with a record of 5-0.

    The 2009 HOOTS became the first team in 20 years from Northern California to reach the Connie Mack World Series. 

    Robert Martinez, Dublin, took the mound for the HOOTS vs the Renegades who have taken two games from the HOOTS earlier this season.  Martinez was very effective and efficient as he kept the offensive Renegades team off balance. David Elzig had a RBI single to score the first run, and later a Ryan Lacy bunt single for the second run to put the HOOTS ahead 2-0.  Martinez was relieved in the seventh inning by Nick Piscotty with the tying run at first base.  Piscotty recorded a strike out and fly ball for the HOOTS to secure the trip to the World Series and a dog pound on the field by the entire HOOTS team as they celebrate a return trip to the Connie Mack World Series.

    Manager Don Johns received the ceremonial water bath after the game by the HOOTS players as they celebrated an amazing run through the North State Connie Mack Tournament and the Western Regional.  "We have great players, that have refused to let anything take away from our team goal to return to the Connie Mack World Series. One day they will look back and realize what they have achieved is amazing, and it will be a memory that will stay with them forever. My coaching staff of Johnny Rodrigues and Grant Johnson deserve a lot of credit for taking our offense to a higher level. When you go to a World Series, you wonder if you will ever go back.  THE HOOTS ARE BACK!  I look forward to seeing some of the people we met during our first trip there in 2009.  The Connie Mack World Series in Farmington may be one of the great experiences a player or coach ever has in amateur baseball."

    The double header day started with the HOOTS as the only undefeated team in the West Regional Tournament with a 3-0 record. The Colton Nighthawks from Southern California took an early lead 1-0, and later led 6-3 in the middle of the game.  The HOOTS answered back to score 4 runs to take the lead in the fifth inning behind a solid pitching performance by Jack Veronin.  The HOOTS offense continued to add runs, as starting pitcher was relieved by Kyle Slinger and Domenic Mazza.  The Nighthawks had the tying run at third base and the winning run at second but an outstanding defensive play by Chris Keck at 3rd base for the third out secured the victory.

    Day 2 at Connie Mack West Regional: 

    The HOOTS Connie Mack team went into the double header on Friday at the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament with one win.  They left Tempe Diablo Stadium late on Friday night as the only undefeated team in the tournament with a record of 3-0.  

    Earlier in the day they defeated the Arizona Diamond Backs team 11-1 on a outstanding complete game pitching performance of Duke bound Nick Piscotty.  Scoring early, pitching to contact and playing great team defense kept the Arizona team off balance the entire game.  

    The winner bracket final was played at 7:30PM under the lights at Tempe Diablo Stadium.  The game started with the Arizona Athletics scoring early to take a 1-0 lead.  The HOOTS pitcher, James Carter, San Ramon Valley, kept the game close as they trailed until the fifth inning 1-0.  Carter was dominate against a very strong offensive line up for the Arizona champion.  Junior David Elzig, Alameda and Ryan Lacy, Monte Vista HS got the HOOTS on the scoreboard with back to back singles in the fifth inning for the HOOTS to take the lead 4-1. The Athletics challenged in the seventh inning and Carter was able to get the final three outs on outstanding defensive plays by Chris Keck and David Elzig.

    Only four teams remain in the Connie Mack West Regional and games resume on Saturday at 5:00PM.  The HOOTS will face the Colton Nighthawks who are 2-1.  The double elimination tournament puts the HOOTS in a situation where they cannot play a team that they have already played according to AABC rules. After the first game on Saturday, only 3 teams will still be in the tournament and 2 games from advancing to the Connie Mack World Series. 

    Coach Johns, "the struggle has only begun, this last day is the day you have to rise up and overcome all the obstacles to get to Farmington and the World Series. Nothing is easy, and no one is going to give this away without a battle. Our guys fought back all night against a very good team and found a way to win the game.  I am very proud of these guys and they are truly the type of players that make up the HOOTS teams."

    You can now follow the HOOTS live on twitter.com

    Day 1 at Connie Mack West Regional: 

    The HOOTS defeated the Hitman from Los Angeles 3-2 in the opening round of the Connie Mack Western Regional tournament at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona.

    Junior left hand pitcher Domenic Mazza, Clayton Valley, threw five strong innings and was relieved by Jack Veronin for the final six outs.  After giving up one run in the first inning, Mazza was very effective allowing only three hits through five innings in the 105 degree weather.  Leaving the game with runners in scoring position, Manager Don Johns went to his bull pen and replaced Mazza with reliever Jack Veronin who was able to retire the side without giving up a run. 

    The HOOTS had runners in scoring position early in the game and was unable to add to their lead and take the pressure off their pitching staff, which has been outstanding throughout their run through the Connie Mack State tournament. The HOOTS offense scored their runs on a Chris Keck double to tie the game in the 3rd inning.  Ryan Howell scored on Scott Mitchell and Tyler Davis back to back singles for the go ahead run.   

    Coach Johns commented after the game, "We play a very difficult schedule, and we were here in June at the Connie Mack World Series Qualifier, so we know what this level of competition is about.  Some of our guys had to travel today, and it is hot so we started a little flat.  I told our guys in the third inning that we have worked hard to get where we are in terms of the Connie Mack season, and the opportunity to go to the World Series that everyone who plays wants to achieve.  We needed to find the energy to fight through this. They found a way to get the win."

    The HOOTS play Friday at 5:00PM and at 7:30PM.  The eight team tournament continues today and four teams will remain after the Friday games. The winner of the Connie Mack West Regional will advance to the World Series in Farmington, New Mexico on August 4.  The HOOTS made their first visit to the Connie Mack World Series in 2009 to be the only Northern California team to achieve that in over 20 years.



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