Posted by Don Web on Jul 15 2012 at 05:00PM PDT

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.


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