Things looked bleak for the Tiburon Peninsula Little League team on Sunday when it began the bottom of the eighth inning by hitting into a double play.
Tiburon Peninsula put together a two-out rally with a pair of singles and a pair of errors by Alameda to pull out a 2-1 victory to stay unbeaten in the section tournament.
“I’ve either played in or coached close to a thousand baseball games,” Tiburon Peninsula coach Stephen Johnson said. “I’d rank this as the No. 1 most exciting game I’ve ever been involved in. It was outrageous.”
Tiburon had an opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the seventh but left the winning run on base in a still-scoreless game. Alameda took a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth but Isaac Nikfar hit a two-out single to kickstart the winning rally.
Alameda committed an error on the next play then Logan Scully — down to his final strike — singled to drive home the tying run.
“You can’t have a more dramatic setting,” Johnson said. “(Scully) slaps a hard-hit ball down the third-base line that hits the bag and caroms into the outfield.”
Alameda committed a throwing error which allowed Charlie Osher — who rounded second and went for third as the throw was made back to the infield — to eventually score the winning run.
“They picked the ball up and tried to throw (Osher) out at third,” Johnson said. “The ball gets away — like 5-6 feet away. Osher gets up and makes a mad dash for home. … The place went crazy. The kids rushed the field. There was a huge dogpile in the middle of the field. It was Little League baseball at its finest.”
Starting pitcher Chase Johnson went 5.2 innings, striking out eight and allowing three hits.
“(Chase) was one batter away from a complete game, holding them scoreless,” Johnson said. “They are probably the best hitting team in the entire section. Notably (Chase) struck out their huge power hitter three times.”
Noah Gersch pitched 2.1 innings of one-hit ball to pick up the victory.
Tiburon Peninsula is the last team left in the winners bracket after victories in its first two games in the tournament. Sunday’s victory sends Tiburon Peninsula into Wednesday’s championship game against Petaluma, Sonoma or Alameda, whichever team survives the losers bracket.
- Dominic Hammond had two hits, drove in a run and scored twice as the Novato South 11s team saw its run through the section tournament come to an end following a 13-5 loss against Alameda on Sunday.
Novato South scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead but Alameda slowly pulled away in the middle innings before scoring six times in the sixth to blow open a close game.
Tam High pitcher Tucker Bougie was named as the State Player of the Year for medium schools by Cal-Hi Sports, the website announced on Sunday.
Bougie helped guide Tam to a 19-1 record this past season, putting together a 6-0 record with a 0.43 ERA. Bougie, who is set to set at Cal next season, also hit .472 for the season with four homers and seven doubles.
- The San Rafael Pacifics fell behind early in a 6-3 loss to Martinez on Saturday night. San Rafael (12-15) trailed 6-0 through three innings before rallying to make it close in the later innings.
Ben Tsui and Corey Davis had two hits apiece to lead the Pacifics. Pitchers Ryan Greco and Taylor Lewis combined for four scoreless innings in relief.
- The Novato Knicks swept a doubleheader against the Santa Rosa A’s on Saturday. Des Gates drove in the winning run in the eighth inning of Game 1 then Harry Mauterer (Marin Catholic) and Jack Morkin (Redwood) had two hits apiece in the second game.
The Knicks won the first game, 3-2, and won the second game, 8-2.
Morkin also came up big on Friday as the Knicks took the first game of the series, 7-3. Morkin had a pair of hits and scored a run for Novato.
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