Posted by Don Web on Jul 04 2014 at 05:00PM PDT


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.
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