Another “Super Saturday” is in the books for Mill Valley Little League, ending in City Championships for both Majors and Minors, “O’Dogg” Award recipients for inspirational play and, of course, the 12s, 11s and 10s All-Star hat ceremony.
District 3 All-Star play for the 12/11/10U group begins on June 22.
To the action:
MAJORS CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Brewers 6, Giants 1 — In a matchup of the two top seeds, the Brewers rode a standout performance from Bennett Dammann to the City title.
Dammann threw three shutout innings, stifling the No. 1 seed Giants’ bats, then did damage with a bat in his hand — going 2-for-3 and scoring three runs. Big Ryan Simon threw the final three innings to make sure the Brew Crew would hold the trophy.
Dammann set the tone early with a base hit to lead off the game, took second on a wild pitch, then tagged up on a Cooper Kift fly out to right field, drawing a wild throw that allowed him to score and give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers added three more in the critical fourth inning, turning a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 lead when Dammann again singled, followed by a two-out Will Gensler single, and then a critical two-out, two-strike RBI single from Kaelin Christman to plate Dammann. After Simon was intentionally walked to load the bases, Nate Ryan came through with the game’s biggest hit, another two-out, two-strike single to left, plating Gensler and Christman.
The Giants weren’t dead. Julian Barnes singled to left, took second on a wild pitch, tagged up and went to third on a deep fly ball by Cole Maxson off of Simon, who had relieved Dammann. Barnes scored when Jackson Van Til reached by error. After a Cooper Mitchell walk, Declan Murphy stroked a single to right field that loaded the bases and the Giants had life.
But after Lucas DiPippa hit the ball hard to third base, Brewers third baseman Cooper Kift made a nifty snag and threw home to force Van Til in a key play. A strikeout then ended the threat, and the Brewers closed out the City Championship. Both teams finished the regular season and playoffs with identical 16-5 records.
Giants 10, Padres 0 — In the semifinal, Cooper Mitchell, Finnegan McGrane and Jackson Van Til combined on the shutout and the Giants banged out 13 hits, including multi-hit days from Van Til, McGrane, Cole Maxson, Declan Murphy and Ivan Pudelka.
Brewers 4, Rays 1 — In the semifinal, Bennett Dammann, Cooper Kift and Ryan Simon each hit a key double, and Will Gensler had a key single as the Brewers scored four in the first inning. Dammann and Simon combined on the mound for the Brewers, as Simon whiffed eight in three innings. For the Rays, Shade Murray hit an RBI single.
MAJORS ZEPHYR CUP
Tigers 9, Rays 2 — Tito Fierstein pitched a complete game and Eli Solem hit a long two-run home run as the duo led the Tigers to the Zephyr Cup, the Majors’ consolation championship. Fierstein threw 70 pitches and struck out eight, while Solem had a four RBI day.
MINORS CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Tigers 5, Mets 3 — The Tigers overcame an early three-run deficit to snag the Minors City title, riding clutch hits, strong pitching and key defense to the title, finally pulling ahead in the fourth inning when Brady Kanter singled home Brayden Clifford and Kai McGarry. Will Ostrander and Levi Burrows did the rest on the mound, combining to toss 3 and 1/3 scoreless innings to make room for the comeback.
The Mets struck first when Ryder Weber smacked a two-run triple, plating Connor Grant and Anthony Murphy. Down 3-0, the Tigers climbed back when McGarry hit a triple of his own, and Max Downie drove in two runs. McGarry would drive in Kanter for an insurance run and the final margin.
Clifford struck out seven for the Tigers, while the Mets relied on Grant, who struck out six in three innings.
Defense was big for both teams. Downie threw out an attempted steal, Ryan Bindeman ended a rally with a backhanded stop, Clifford helped start a double play and Burrows made a play on a ball that ricocheted off the pitcher. For the Mets, catcher Murphy tagged out two runners at home plate.
MINORS LA GINESTRA CUP
Cubs 2, Giants 0 —JT Cochrane and Luke Nurney combined to shut out the Giants and take him the La G trophy for the Cubs. Cochrane struck out six in three innings, and Nurney did the same in his three.
Cochrane added two hits and an RBI for the Cubs, who received strong defense from Dane Migliori at second base. For the Mets, Lukas Welter struck out five in three innings and Hudson Renga and Julian Gioia shined with the glove.
Giants 8, KC Monarchs 2 —In a La G semifinal, David Keane had two hits and Lukas Welter and Elvis Green also contributed with a double each. Welter and Eli Keith led the way on the mound.
9U ALL STARS
Mill Valley 12, Novato North 9 — In the simmering heat at Babe Silva Field in Novato on June 9, Mill Valley rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to improve to 2-0 in District 3 pool play. Henry Edwards had three hits, including a triple, and closed out the final inning on the mound. Terje Steele had three RBIs for Mill Valley.
Mill Valley 14, Dixie-Terra Linda 5 — At Gallinas Field in San Rafael on June 6, Mill Valley banged out 15 hits, including four from Bradley Marshall and three from Henry Edwards. Colton Zinn and Alex Moore had two hits each for the winners.
MV 12U ALL STAR HAT RECIPIENTS
Manager: Darin Fierstein
Jackson Van Til
MV 11U ALL STAR HAT RECIPIENTS
Manager: Brian Murphy
Colt Crum Usich
MV 10U ALL STAR HAT RECIPIENTS
Manager: Mike Maxson