In the summer of 1997, high school baseball players, primarily from Roosevelt, Garfield, San Gabriel, and St. Paul were recruited by the former head coach at St. Paul, Leo Gutierrez, and Mark Viramontes, to form the first Eat L.A. Dodgers Connie Mack team. Al Cone, the head coach at East L.A. College was gracious enough to offer the East L.A. College baseball field and facilities as our home field.
The program is led by Leo Gutierrez. Gutierrez graduated from St. Mary's College in Perryville, Missouri with BA in Philosophy in 1975. He received his master's in education at Fort Wright College in Spokane, Washington. Coach Leo taught 20 years in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles school system, including 13 years at St Paul HS, where he was Athletic Director and head baseball coach. At St. Paul he compiled a record of 203-103, with 3 league titles, 11 CIF playoff appearances and 13 winning seasons and several top 10 Division 1 rankings. As Director of East Los Angeles Youth Baseball Association, Coach Leo takes pride in providing his players with the opportunities to advance their baseball careers through the highly competitive East LA Dodgers. We are looking forward to our 25th season as an organization in 2021, and are eager to embrace the challenge of competing in the Sunset League.
Team Owner/GM: Leo Gutierrez
Phone: (213) 308-6272
LOS ANGELES -- The Ventura County Buccaneers defeated the East Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Friday night in a non-league matchup.
The Dodgers raced out to a 3-0 lead by the fifth inning, but the Buccaneers kept fighting.
Ventura County plated two in the seventh inning to make it a 3-2 ballgame. Chris Demgen was the centerpiece of the seventh, ripping an RBI triple and scoring on an Andrew Cordero sacrifice fly.
The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the ninth when the Buccaneers scored twice and won in walk-off fashion on a passed ball. Kenny Kim, who finished 1-for-3, scored the game-winning run.
The story of the game was great pitching performances from both teams. Dodger starter Dylan Schumacher (Rio Hondo) was electric, tossing five innings, and striking out nine, while only allowing two hits. Buccaneer closer Drew Atherton struck out the side in the ninth inning and earned the win.
Ventura County next plays in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday. East Los Angeles takes the field again on Saturday when they host the So Cal Shepherds.
The Sunset Baseball League is proud to announce the addition of four new franchises for the 2021 season.
The Inland Valley Bucs join the newly formed Best of the West division. The Bucs bring a stellar track record of competitive baseball. The program was founded in 2014.
Players have come from far and wide to play for the Bucs. In fact, some schools represented have included Cal State Fullerton, Coppin State, Fordham, Hawaii, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas Tech, UC Irvine and UC Riverside.
The Arroyo Seco Sentinels will join the Sunset League. They are led by Nico Calderaro. He's currently the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Pasadena City College. The Sentinels bring a great tradition to the SBL and should compete for a league title immediately.
The East LA Dodgers are led by Leo Gutierrez. The Dodgers program is one of the longer running programs in Southern California starting in 1997.
The Ventura County Bucs will join the Sunset League as well. The Bucs are part of a high quality organization and should make their presence felt this season.
The 2021 season is under two months away, and should be the best yet. The league has grown to 14 teams in 2021.