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Sports - August 8, 2008

Give a Hoot

The Danville Hoots baseball team won its second consecutive Northern California Connie Mack Section Championship last weekend held at Delta College in Stockton. The Hoots had to win twice on Sunday vs. the California Smoke, which was undefeated in the 10-team tournament.

The Hoots won the first game 2-0 on a complete game shutout by Harmon Siddu. Matt Flemer hit a seventh inning homerun on a 3-0 pitch to give the Hoots another run after leading the entire game 1-0. The second game featured two of the East Bay Athletic League top players on the mound. Lefty David Singleton pitched for the Hoots while the Smoke had JR Graham on the mound. The Hoots were able to take a lead on a Stephen Piscotty double in the sixth inning to lead 2-1. The Smoke tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. The HOOTS scored again on a Nick Bartalone double and a clutch single from Garrick Castro. Piscotty relieved Singleton for the Hoots in the sixth inning and was able to keep their offense off balance to secure the victory for the Hoots. 3-2.

"Anyone watching these two games saw two giants battling each other for 14 innings," said Coach Don Johns. "We pitched great, played team offense, used our speed and in the end did not make an error with a great defensive effort. This was amateur baseball at its very best and it is hard for either team to lose."

The Hoots team is made up of top juniors and seniors from local high schools. Its season ended Sunday when it lost to the Playa Vista Orioles while competing for a berth in the Connie Mack World Series held in Farmington, N.M.

"One step from the Connie Mack World Series is a huge achievement for our club," said Johns. "For the three years we have been in Connie Mack baseball this is our greatest achievement as a team."

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