Posted by Don Web on Jul 21 2013 at 05:00PM PDT

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.


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