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Three-peat! Little League All-Stars win district title, head to sectionals

The Tiburon Peninsula Little League All-Stars celebrate their 5-0 victory over West Marin on July 9 as they captured the District 3 championship for the third consecutive year. The team is 23-1 in district play over that span. They now advance to NorCal sectionals starting July 14 in their bid to play in the Little League World Series. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

The Tiburon Peninsula Little League All-Stars took home their third consecutive District 3 championship on July 9, beating West Marin 5-0 at Joe Wagner Field.

The offense got going in the first inning when Grayson Singer drew a lead-off walk followed by back-to-back singles from Casey Nelson and Bennett Adelman to load the bases. Zander Ting was hit by a pitch, scoring the first run of the game.

Tiburon put their second run on the board in the fourth when Adam Saouaf stole home on a wild pitch.

The team added three insurance runs in the sixth, sealing the victory. Nelson, Adelman, Jackson Tucker and Aaron Koval all had hits on the day.

Jack Miller and Nelson combined for the shutout, with Miller giving up just one hit over 32/3 innings, striking out three. Nelson came in relief, with no hits over 21/3 innings, striking out four.

Tiburon went into the district tournament as the No. 1 seed, defeating Gallinas Valley 5-4 in the quarterfinal on July 6. Adelman, Singer, Saouaf, Miller, Caleb Rodenbeck and Kaden Kissling all had hits in the game. Saouaf, Miller and Nelson pitched two innings apiece, allowing a combined two earned runs over five hits while striking out 12.

Tiburon advanced to the semifinals, beating Twin Cities 5-2 on July 8 while racking up nine hits on the day. Singer, Saouaf, Toby Minty, JJ Hendy, Tucker and Kissling all had hits. Singer pitched a solid four innings, allowing two earned runs and no walks and striking out four. Miller and Nelson pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs while collecting four strikeouts.

The team advances to the Northern California Section 1 tournament, which starts July 14 at Vacaville’s Centennial Park against the Napa County champions, in their bid for an appearance at the Little League World Series.



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