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Cecilia Carrier
From left, Tiburon Minors All-Stars and coaches include Theo Trono, Kody Haan, Matthew Knauer, Sean Cunneen, Connor Salita, Grant Cooper, Charlie Carrier, Eric Mittleman, Wells Borden and Connor Lee, with coach Tom Haan and assistant coach Gary Trono. The Minors All-Stars were eliminated from the Section 1 tournament over the weekend.

Tiburon Minors All-Stars eliminated from postseason contention

The Tiburon Minors All-Stars, the league's top 9- and 10-year-olds, were eliminated from the Section 1 all-stars tournament after tough back-to-back losses over the weekend, ending their season.

Tiburon, the District 3 champion, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Sonoma on July 15 with a big triple by Matt Knauer. They carried the lead into the fifth inning, but Sonoma struck back in the top of the fifth, tying the game at 2-2. The game got away in the sixth and final inning as Sonoma plated five runs to take a 7-2 lead, which would stand as the final score and push Tiburon into the losers bracket, but with hope still alive for a shot at the sectional championship.

Tiburon faced Woodland National on July 16, getting into an early hole when Woodland scored two runs in the top of the first inning and three more in the second. Tiburon struck back in the the second to make the score 5-1, but the team was unable to capitalize on its future chances. Woodland pulled away with a run in the fifth and five more in the sixth to set the final score at 11-1 — Tiburon's second loss in the double-elimination tournament.

"While disappointed to bow out of the sectional tournament, the team's capturing of the District 3 title is a major accomplishment for the program to build upon for next season," coach Tom Haan said.

In addition to Knauer, Tiburon's 9-10 Minors-division All-Stars are Wells Borden, Charlie Carrier, Alexander Coleman, Grant Cooper, Sean Cunneen, Sam Gersch, Kody Haan, Simon Leonard, Eric Mittelman, Jack Moseley, Theo Trono and Connor Salita. They're coached by Haan, with assistants Matt Coleman, Jordan Gersch and Gary Trono.
— Kevin Hessel & Tom Haan

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Despite loss, Tiburon Little League All-Stars have shot at section title

The Tiburon Little League All-Stars are still alive on the road to the World Series despite a 4-3 loss to undefeated Petaluma National on July 16.

Tiburon started double-elimination California Section 1 tournament play with an 11-1 four-inning mercy-rule victory over Vacaville Central, banging out 11 hits with home runs by JP Odland and Kent Goodman. Goodman went 3 for 3 on the day and was also the winning pitcher, going three innings with seven strikeouts. Odland came in for relief and closed out the game with four strikeouts.

The win advanced Tiburon in the winners bracket semi-final to face Petaluma, which jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first three innings. Tiburon battled back with three runs in the fourth on a home run from Goodman and singles by Preston Lee and Nathan Howell. It was a pitching duel from there on out, with Tiburon getting the tying run on base in the final inning — but they couldn't get the run across.

Petaluma will advance to the sectional championship, and Tiburon will now play through the losers bracket with a game on July 18, after The Ark's press deadline. If Tiburon wins, the team heads to a rematch against Petaluma for the championship today, July 19. But under double-elimination, Tiburon will have to beat Petaluma twice — the second championship game tentatively scheduled for July 20 — to advance to the regional all-star tournament in Alameda. Any win by Petaluma will earn them a trip to regionals.

Little League all-star teams comprise each league's best players ages 12 and younger, with the eventual chance to play in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
— Rick Cusick & Kevin Hessel

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