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
SBL Titles: 1
The So Cal Shepherds scored nine runs in final two innings to defeat the East Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-10, in a Best of the West League wild card game.
Noe Novella was saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits.
Novella went three innings, issuing three walks and striking out one SCS batter.
Drew Salyers singled, tripled, scored and drove in four runs.
Raul Soto Romero walked twice, singled, doubled, scored three runs and had two RBIs.
Alex Laureano singled twice and drove in a pair of runs.
Shane Poe walked, singled, scored three runs and had one RBI.
Jackson LoBianco and Samuel Rudd singled and scored one run apiece.
Rhett Stein walked twice, had two singles and scored a pair of runs.
Brendan Coffindaffer walked, singled, scored and drove in two.
Charlie Pierce walked and scored.
The Dodgers got five runs off Ritter Steinmann and Cameron Kelly.
Steinmann went six innings, allowing six hits, walked three and struck out five.
Kelly surrendered five hits, walked three and struck out one in three innings.
Juan Guardado homered and drove in three.
Antonio Gomez doubled, tripled, scored a pair of runs and had four RBIs.
AJ Ortiz walked, doubled and scored a pair of runs.
Alex Sardina walked, singled twice, scored and had one RBI.
Daniel Santos walked three times, singled twice, scored and drove in one.
Dylan Schumacher singled and scored, and Matt Flaharty scored and had an RBI.
Alex Loera walked, singled and scored.
Up next: The Shepherds will face the top-seeded VC Pirates tonight at Cal Poly Pomona.
The first pitch is set for 6.
In the other BOTW playoff game, the Arroyo Seco Sentinels face off with the Inland Valley Pirates at 1.
Win: Cameron Kelly
Loss: Noe Novella
HR: Juan Guardado (Dodgers)
3B: Drew Salyers (SCS); Antonio Gomez (Dodgers)
2B: Raul Soto Romero (SCS); Antonio Gomez (Dodgers), AJ Ortiz (Dodgers)
Sunset League Players of the Week:
Quintt Landis, Ventura County Pirates:
Landis went 8-for-15 in a week that his Pirates claimed the BOTW title.
He walked twice, hit two HR’s, scored four runs and had six RBIs.
This season, Landis batted .395 with 15 hits, scored nine runs and had nine RBIs.
The Pirates will open the playoffs on Wednesday against the winner of Tuesday’s Dodgers-So Cal Shepherds wild card game.
Juan Guardado, East Los Angeles Dodgers:
Guardado went 10-for-19 and scored four runs.
He walked twice, had two doubles, one HR and two RBIs.
For the season, Guardado hit. .300, with 21 hits, 16 runs and had eight RBIs.
The Dodgers face the So Cal Shepherds today (Tuesday) in a BOTW wild card game.
Hayden Winters, IV Bucs:
Winters finished the 2022 regular season, going 7-of-14.
He scored three runs, doubled twice and had one triple.
For the year, Winters batted .360, with 18 hits and scored 12 runs.
He had six doubles, two triples, two home runs and had a team-high 14 RBIs.
The Bucs finished last in the BOTW standings.
Best of the West League Playoff Schedule:
at Cal Poly Pomona
East La Dodgers vs So Cal Shepherds at 4
Arroyo Seco Sentinels vs Inland Valley Pirates at 1
Ventura County Pirates vs winner of game 1 at 6
Loser of game 2 vs Loser of game 3 at 11 am
Winner of game 2 vs winner of game 3 at 3 pm
Winner of game 4 vs loser of game 5 at 7 pm
BOTW League Seeds:
1- VC Pirates
2- IV Pirates
3- Arroyo Seco Sentinels
4- East LA Dodgers
5- So Cal Shepherds