Posted by Don Web on Aug 03 2012 at 05:00PM PDT

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.


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