HOOTS CONNIE MACK TEAM WINS NORTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Eight of the best teams were competiting to win a Connie Mack North State Championship, the HOOTS Baseball Club won their Fourth Northern California State Championship with a 7-4 victory over EJ Sports on the final day of the tournament.
Never easy, difficult field of teams, great competition were the key phrases that surround the Connie Mack North State Championship Tournament. One team stands at the end to advance to represent Northern California at the Connie Mack West Regionals. The HOOTS became that team behind a solid pitching performance by Duke bound Nick Piscotty and Kyle Slinger, committed to Tufts University. The defense once again was flawless while the offense was led by Chris Keck, Tyler Davis and Brandon Woo. The HOOTS will be one of the 8 remaining Connie Mack teams in the west while the winner advances to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico. The 2009 HOOTS became one of the first teams in 20 years from Northern California to reach the World Series. That team was led by Stanford University junior Stephen Piscotty, First Team All Pac 10 and who is currently playing in the Cape Cod Collegiate League and was an All Star Selection this summer.
The HOOTS will open Regional Play on Thursday at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. You can view results of the West Regional at:
Coach Johns commented on the game with the words of Chris Keck. "We always try to outwork everyone, Champions are made when no one is watching."
Both teams faced with elimination in the Connie Mack North State Tournament the HOOTS defeated the West Lane Mets from Stockton 5-3 in a well played game by both teams to send them to the Championship game on Monday to determine the berth in the West Regional Connie Mack Tournament. West Lane took an early lead 1-0 but the HOOTS answered back quickly to tie the game. The battle between the two teams, who met each other in the North State Championship in 2010, saw the game tied 3 times before the HOOTS scored the 2 extra runs on key hits by Chris Keck and Brandon Woo. Junior San Ramon Valley pitcher James Carter threw 5 very strong innings for the HOOTS and Jack Veronin relieved in the top of the sixth to pitch to the minimum in the final two innings and secure the save for the HOOTS.
The Championship Game will be played at 2:00PM at Chabot College. The HOOTS and a team to be decided will meet for the berth in the West Regional Connie Mack Tournament which begins on Thursday July 28 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. Three teams remain in the tournament which will conclude on Monday July 25.
The HOOTS lost in extra innings on Saturday 2-1 to NorCal-Cencal Valley in the Connie Mack North State Championship at Chabot College. Spenser Linney pitched 7 strong innings for the HOOTS and was relieved in the top of the extra inning game. Both teams played outstanding defense and the offense of both clubs was stalled behind solid pitching. NorCal-CenCal Valley scored the winning run after the HOOTS intentionally loaded the bases with runner on second and third with one out. The HOOTS bull pen failed after hitting the batter to force the winning run home.
The HOOTS will play in an elimination game today at 2:00PM at Chabot College. Four teams remain and after today the tournament will be reduced to two teams to determine who would advance to the Connie Mack West Regionals in Arizona.
The HOOTS Connie Mack advanced to the winner bracket final with a 6-1 win over EJ Sports in the second day of the North State Championship at Chabot College. Domenic Mazza threw five strong innings for the HOOTS and was relieved by Jack Veronin for the final two innings as both pitchers combined to only give up a solo home run in the first inning. The HOOTS offense got on track early in the game with key hits by Chris Keck, Tanner Pinkston and Tyler Davis. The HOOTS played solid error free defense in their first two games of the tournament. The winner bracket final will be at Chabot College at 5:00PM with the HOOTS and the winner of the West Lane and Cencal game held in Stockton late on Friday.
Saturday July 23 Pairings:
11:00AM EJ Sports vs Bercovich(elimination game)
2:00PM EDH vs West Lane(elimination game)
5:00PM HOOTS vs Cencal/Norcal Valley(winner bracket game)
The HOOTS defeated RBI Baseball 7-3 in extra innings in the first round of the Connie Mack North State Championship and will play in a winner bracket game on Friday at 5:00PM at Chabot College. Duke bound right hand pitcher Nick Piscotty started for the HOOTS and threw 5 strong innings. With the game tied 3-3, SRV pitcher James Carter threw 4 shoutout innings. The HOOTS finally pushed a go ahead run in the ninth inning on a Scotty Mitchell lead off double, and later scored on a Brandon Woo single for the go ahead run. The HOOTS managed to get a couple cushion runs also later in the inning while RBI made a threat in the bottom of the ninth but Carter was able to get the save. The HOOTS have won this tournament four years in a row to advance to the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament. This year could be one of the best fields in recent years with outstanding teams and excellent pitching.
The HOOTS Connie Mack Baseball team advanced to the North State Championship as the Number 1 seed in their division and the overall #2 seed in Northern California Connie Mack Baseball.
The tournament is being held at Chabot College starting on Thursday July 21. The HOOTS will play at 5:00PM versus RBI Baseball the Number 2 seed from the Connie Mack Valley League.
The North State Championship games held at Chabot College are scheduled at 11:00AM, 2:00PM and 5:00PM. The tournament will continue throught the weekend and will conclude with the Championship on Monday July 25. The winner will advance to the Connie Mack West Regional Tournament held at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona.
The HOOTS have represented Northern California Connie Mack as the North State Champion for the past four years in a row, a feat seldom achieved in Connie Mack Baseball. The 2011 field of teams is guranteed to be challenge for all teams and will feature some of the best players in the western United States.