Welcome to HOOTS Baseball - A Tradition of Excellence

Posted by Amelia Thornton on May 04 2019 at 05:00PM PDT

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.  

  • 2018 HOOTS Connie Mack Premier 30th Annual Josh Anderson Tournament Champion
  • 2017 HOOTS Connie Mack Premier World Series National Finalist
  • 2017 HOOTS Connie Mack Premier West Region Champion
  • 2017 HOOTS Prospects Under 17 USA Premier Firecracker Champion
  • 2015 Connie Mack West Region Finalist
  • 2015 HOOTS "Fly With Owl Classic" Champion
  • 2014 Connie Mack World Series, Farmington, New Mexico 
  • 2014 Connie Mack West Region Champion
  • 2014 Connie Mack Northern California State Champion 
  • 2014 HOOTS "Fly With Owl Classic" Champion
  • 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
  • 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 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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