There's no team hotter than Dutch Goose in the Palo Alto Babe Ruth league and no hitter hotter than the Goose's Zach Donaker, who collected two hits and drove in a run to help Dutch Goose knock off regular-season champion Sundance, 4-1, on Saturday in the PABR city championships playoffs at Baylands.
Donaker led the league with 20 hits over 13 games (the final game was an exhibition) and he's already added six hits in the first two days of the playoffs. He was also Friday's winning pitcher.
Colin Thibault, who earned the save on Friday, added a hit and RBI in the win over Sundance, who had lost once during the regular season. Thibault earned the win on Saturday with four strong innings of two-hit ball. Danny Peters threw three scoreless innings for the save.
Sundance pitchers Matteo Romero and Carson Leclerc combined on seven-hitter and allowed a single earned run. Leclerc also drove in Sundance's only run of the game.
Dutch Goose scored all of its runs in the top of the fourth. Peter Oh and Peters each singled to start the rally. After an out, Ben Gordon walked to load the bases.
With Nathan Yu at the plate and two outs, Sam Mutz scored from third on a wild pitch. Yu walked to reload the bases. Josh Donaker's infield grounder was misplayed, allowing another run to score. Zach Donaker and Thiibault each followed with RBI singles.
The third-seeded Dutch Goose reaches Tuesday's championship game, where it will play the survivor of the elimination bracket at 5 p.m.
Top-seeded Sundance plays No.2 seed Alhouse at 6:30 p.m. Monday for the right to play Dutch Goose on Tuesday.
Alhouse eliminated the Palo Alto Oaks with a 9-2 victory later Saturday. Samuel Lee collected two hits and drove in two runs and Cory Hallada had two hits and drove in a run. Winning pitcher Charlie Grech, Colin Duggan and Jackson Ta also drove in runs and Chris Dodge had two hits.
Da'aveon Roberts and Quinton Sterling each drove in runs for the Oaks.
Grech allowed two hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked three.