- Aug 12:
- Winning the CMWS: D-BAT Gallegos manager credits his mentor for teaching him about baseball, life
- Aug 9:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos, Midland dominate Connie Mack World Series awards
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos sweeps Midland Redskins to win series title
- Aug 8:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 19, D-BAT Gallegos vs. Midland Redskins
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins beat D-BAT Leach in Game 17 to move one win away from the title
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 7
- Aug 7:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos' seventh-inning rally knocks out Danville in Game 16
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 17, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Leach
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins hammer D-BAT Gallegos 10-3 in Game 15
- Aug 6:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 6
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach eliminates Carolina Vaqueros in Game 14
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots advance past South Troy Dodgers in Game 13
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 15, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Gallegos
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos remains unbeaten, topping D-BAT Leach 4-3 in Game 12
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros walk off Bill Hood in Game 11
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 5
- Aug 5:
- CMWS 2014: South Troy stays alive, beating Frozen Ropes 2-1 in Game 10
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 12, D-BAT Gallegos vs. D-BAT Leach
- Aug 4:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach survives scare from Bill Hood in Game 9
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 4
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins rally to beat Frozen Ropes 6-3 in Game 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 9, D-BAT Leach vs. Bill Hood Baseball
- CMWS 2014: Season ends for Strike Zone after 16-2 loss to Danville Hoots
- Aug 3:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 3
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers eliminate Detroit Metro Stars from series after 5-1 victory in Game 7
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood's Zach Clark claims Home Run Derby title
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 6, Strike Zone vs. Danville Hoots
- Aug 2:
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood blanks Detroit Metro Stars 3-0 in Game 5
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 2
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach blasts South Troy in five innings in Game 4
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos beats Danville Hoots 7-5 in Game 3
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 5, Bill Hood Baseball vs. Detroit Metro Stars
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 1
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins walk off in extra innings against Farmington's Strike Zone
- Aug 1:
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes slam Carolina Vaqueros in opening game
- CMWS 2014: New mascot, Hall of Fame inductees are among highlights of opening ceremony
- Connie Mack World Series Parade introduces 10 teams to Farmington
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 2, Midland Redskins vs. Strike Zone
- Jul 31:
- CMWS 2014: Read about the teams competing for the Connie Mack World Series title
- CMWS 2014: Strike Zone will make its fifth consecutive series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros hopes for first title since 1994
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach makes second straight series appearance
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers make back-to-back series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Detroit Metro Stars make their first tournament appearance
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos brings talented group to the series
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins look for their 14th championship
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes looks to make a deeper run
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood Baseball returns to series for first time since 2010
The Danville Hoots return to the Connie Mack World Series after a two-year absence.
Hoots manager Don Johns is bringing his team back to Farmington for the third time since 2009, but he said qualifying this year came as a surprise.
"We're really young. I honestly didn't think we'd be there," said Johns, whose team has 13 of its 21 players graduating in the 2015 or 2016 class. "We've played great, and it will set the stage for the future."
The California-based team will bring eight Division I commits, including catcher Tim Susnara, who was a 34th round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants and will play college ball at the University of Oregon.
The Danville team will rely a lot on defense and hitting to help out an inexperienced pitching staff that has lost players to offseason college workouts.
"We're going to play good defense. They've been very solid, and that's why we're moving on," Johns said. "Pitching is going to be a challenge. We lost pitchers to summer programs, which has been a problem more so out West than in other parts of the country, I think."
The Hoots made it through the CMWS West Regional, dropping only one game to the 2012 CMWS champion and 2013 runner-up SoCal Renegades. The team struggled with the Renegades throughout the year, but a loss to their SoCal rivals in Utah was the turning point in the Hoots' summer.
"We lost in the Gates World Series to the Renegades. Sometimes, that can destroy a young team or make you stronger," Johns said. "I'd say that loss made us stronger."
The Renegades were knocked out of the West Regional after losses to the Las Vegas Mayhem and NorCal Baseball. The Hoots went on to defeat NorCal 6-4 in the final to clinch the bid.
The Hoots will start their series with D-BAT Gallegos in the noon game on Saturday. Johns emphasized pitching will be key if his team is to win the opener and try to make a run at the title.
"I think we're going to have to get a lot out of our pitching. We're going to play defense. Our young pitchers will have to keep us in the game. When we've been down, we've been able to come back," Johns said. "Every day is getting tougher, and we can't afford to not execute."
Joshua Perry is the sports editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.