The "HOOTS" Baseball Club has established themselves as one of the top amateur baseball teams in the nation.This 'Tradition of Excellence' goes beyond our past success as a team, as we are equally proud of the accomplishments that our players have achieved at the collegiate and professional level of baseball.
Mateo was a member of the 2000 National Championship Team that set an American Legion record for lowest ERA.
Overall the HOOTS Baseball Club had more players selected from one program than any amateur baseball program in Northern California.
Since that year, the club has seen many players receive scholarships to advance to the collegiate level, some choosing to do so from a junior college, and several players selected in the professional baseball draft.
Players from local high schools comprised the roster for all of the club's early years.
Led by the talented class of 1996, the club won it's first American Legion State Championship in historic Yountville at Borman Field, advanced to the Championship game of the West Regional in Gillette, Wyoming and suffered a difficult loss to keep the team from their first American Legion World Series.
It is here where the foundation of the club began, the standard of high achievment and committment were met, and the now curious but famous name HOOTS Baseball began.
From that 1996 season, HOOTS began a journey in American Legion Baseball that saw them achieve multiple California State Championships, three World Series appearances, and the American Legion National Championship in 2000.
But, as the geography of their base area changed, and the advent of showcase baseball began, the club slowly moved from American Legion Baseball and in 2005 affiliated with Connie Mack Baseball, a division of American Amateur Baseball Congress.
While a greater competitive challenge, the 2009 HOOTS won both State and West Regional Championships in Connie Mack Baseball to advance to the World Series in Farmington, New Mexico and become only the second team in fifty years from Northern California to achieve that goal.
While many players from those early years went on to successful collegiate careers and selection to professional baseball, the 2003 professional draft by Major League Baseball saw a former HOOTS player and local player, Nate Schierholz, become the second round pick of the San Francisco Giants and the 63rd pick overall.
In addition, five other former HOOTS players were selected in the draft and former standout pitcher, Mateo Miramontes, who was selected by the New York Mets in the sixth round, followed Nate.