Courtesy of MVLL staff
An excellent summer of Mill Valley Little League All-Star baseball saw all three teams — the 12s, the 11s and the 10s — play into the final weekend of the District 3 tournament.
And one team is still playing.
The 12s won the District 3 title on July 8 at Joe Wagner Field when Ryan Burns put on a show for the memory books in a 3-0 win over San Francisco American. The bulk of the 12s roster is the same group that won District 3 as 10s and as 11s, making for a District 3 “three-peat” for the roster’s nucleus.
The 12s advance to Section 1 play at Vacaville’s Centennial Park on July 14.
To the action:
Mill Valley 3, San Francisco American 0: Burns pitched a complete-game no-hitter, struck out 11, walked only one and added a solo home run to make for a great day at Joe Wagner Field. When SF American intentionally walked Burns to load the bases in the third inning, Kaiden Dossa came through with a clutch two-run single to make it a 3-0 game. Solid defense did the rest, including a standout play by Miles Gensler. Kolby Lieman hit a double for Mill Valley.
The 12s celebrated with the District 3 banner yet again, and advance to Section 1 play.
Mill Valley 13, Twin Cities 5: After falling behind 4-0 at Boyle Park in the July 7 semifinal, Mill Valley rallied with a 10-run fourth inning, capped by a grand slam by Burns.
Tyler Buxton threw three innings and did not allow an earned run, striking out five, and added two RBIs at the plate. Bryn Kramlich had two RBIs for Mill Valley, which advanced to the District 3 title game with the win.
Mill Valley 4, Novato North 1: In the July 5 quarterfinal at Boyle Park, Dossa, Burns and Buxton combined to not allow an earned run in holding down Novato North. Burns went 2-for-3 with a double, and James Bonneau chipped in two hits at Mill Valley advanced to the semifinals.
Tiburon 4, Mill Valley 0: In the July 7 semifinal at Strawberry, Mill Valley ran into a tough pitching matchup that went Tiburon’s way. For Mill Valley, Elliott Dasovich threw three innings without allowing an earned run, and whiffed four. Henry Stoll added two hits for MV.
Mill Valley 6, San Rafael 4: In the July 6 quarterfinal at Glenwood Field, Ryan Simon smashed a home run as part of a 2-for-3, two RBI day and threw two shutout innings to lead Mill Valley to the semifinals. Cooper Kift threw two innings without allowing an earned run, and Dasovich closed out a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. Felix Adam had three hits for the winners, while Tito Fierstein and Cole Maxson each had two-hit days.
Ross Valley 1, Mill Valley 0: A tight and taut July 7 semifinal at Central Park in Fairfax went to Ross Valley despite Henry Pearson’s brilliant pitching for Mill Valley. Pearson threw 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing no earned runs, only one walk and struck out eight. Scott Olinger relieved Pearson and threw 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball, striking out three. At the plate, Olinger led Mill Valley with a two-hit day. Jake Post of Ross Valley went the distance on the mound in a memorable game for all involved.
Mill Valley 11, West Marin 2: Olinger had a banner day at Gallinas Field in the July 5 quarterfinal, going 5-for-5, scoring five runs and pitching two shutout innings with four strikeouts. Colt Crum Usich started, did not allow an earned run and struck out five in two innings, while Hank Murray threw two hitless innings for Mill Valley. At the plate, Pearson had two hits, while Marko Sunderman and Declan Murphy each had two-RBI days as Mill Valley advanced to the semifinal.