Tiburon Peninsula continued their unbeaten run in the District 3 Little League playoffs, setting up a showdown against Novato North in Sunday’s title match at 4.30pm at Joe Wagner Field in Larkspur.
Tiburon Peninsula (8-0) beat West Marin 4-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday before defeating Mill Valley 6-1 in the semifinals on Saturday. Novato North (7-1) was equally impressive, knocking out San Rafael 6-0 on Friday before topping Twin Cities 9-1 on Saturday.
The two finalists have yet to meet in this format as each of the 10 teams have only played six games before advancing to the quarter-finals. Tiburon have outscored their opponents 73-15 so far while Novato North sports a 62-20 scoring differential.
The 11 championship will be played at 1:30 p.m. at Joe Wagner’s home between Tiburon Peninsula (6-2) and West Marin (7-1).
The Tiburon Peninsula qualified with a wild 14-11 win over Ross Valley in the quarter-finals, followed by a 9-5 win over Gallinas Valley. West Marin shut out Novato South 14-0 in the quarter-final then beat Twin Cities 9-3 in the semi-final.
Joe Wagner’s triple championship title kicks off with the 9-10 title game between Mill Valley (8-0) and San Rafael (4-4).
Mill Valley have outscored their opponents 78-9 so far, with a 10-0 quarter-final win over San Francisco followed by a 5-1 win over Twin Cities. Levi Weber pitched 5.2 innings for Mill Valley and had support from Davis Marshall (double RBI), Oscar Karlen (two-run single) and Brodie Williams (hit, run).
San Rafael entered the tournament with a 2-4 record, but suffered back-to-back upsets against Novato North and Novato South to advance to the finals. San Rafael won 9-6 Thursday and 7-4 Saturday.
The San Rafael Pacifics faced the Bakersfield Train Robbers up close for eight innings Friday night before giving up six runs in the top of the ninth in an 11-3 loss at Albert Park.
Bakersfield (22-10) took a 2-1 lead in the fourth, added three more in the seventh before putting the game away in the ninth.
Tyler Georgeson hit his 11th homer of the season for San Rafael (22-8), which also got a three-hitter from Tyson Thompson.