By Brian Murphy 

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Manager: Darin Fierstein
Hugo Barberie 
Kaelin Christman 
Bennett Dammann 
Elliot Dasovich 
Jackson Dumas 
Tito Fierstein  
Reed Hanna 
Farhan Khaliq-Baporia 
Cooper Kift  
Cole Kramlich 
Cole Maxson 
Shade Murray 
Rex Rutchik 
Jack Scalisi 
Ryan Simon
Eli Solem 
Andrew Sternfels 
Henry Stoll 
Jackson Van Til
Manager: Brian Murphy

Hank Ballard
Gus Beyer
Hudson Boose
Colin Cann
Colt Crum Usich
Devin Curtis
Lucas DiPippa
Will Gensler
Hamer Haun
Lars Jackson
Eddie Kideckel
Andrew Martini
Cooper Mitchell
Declan Murphy
Hank Murray
Scott Olinger
Henry Pearson
Marko Sunderman
Timo Ural
Dara Zolfaghari 

Manager: Mike Maxson

Henry Bennett
Charley Blumberg
Ethan Camposano
Brayden Clifford
JT Cochrane
Carson Farmer
Connor Grant
Brady Kanter
Maya Maxson
Dane Migliori
Sean Miller
Anthony Murphy
Luke Nurney
Will Ostrander
Ben Richardson
Trey Sasso
Henry Tuttle
Ryder Weber
Lukas Welter
Conrad Zirkle