Danville Express

Sports - July 13, 2007

Something to hoot about

Danville team tops in Western baseball tournament

The Danville HOOTS Baseball Team won the 19th annual Josh Anderson Sierra Nevada Tournament held June 22-27 at the University of Nevada Reno.

The tournament is host to 12 of the top teams in the Western United States and is represented by teams from Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Nevada.

The HOOTS defeated Chaffey Baseball Club of Seattle, Wash., 3-2 in eighth innings in the championship game for the second year in a row and repeated as tournament champions from 2006.

The game saw outstanding HOOTS pitching by Kenny Arnerich and Robbie LeClair. The HOOTS trailed 2-1 in the bottom on the eighth inning, and the game was won by a line drive double from Ryan Lucas to score two runs for a walk off victory and the championship.

The team completed pool play with a record of 3-1 and went on to the medal round competition and won all three games to finish the tournament with a overall record of 6-1.

The HOOTS players comprise the top baseball talent from local high schools and are a who's who of All League Players from the EBAL and the DFAL. Several HOOTS players were selected to the ALL Tournament Team.

Nick Ousman of Campolindo High won Most Valuable Pitcher; Steve Cunha of Monte Vista was All Tournament Infield; Bryce Miller, Amador High, was All Tournament Offense; Brad Jones, De La Salle, and Ryan Lucas, San Ramon Valley, were All Tournament Outfield.

The team went on to Atlanta, Ga., to the National Wood Bat Championship held at East Cobb Baseball Complex where they competed as one of the top amateur teams in the nation.

E-mail photos to Editor@DanvilleWeekly.com.

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