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Little League World Series: Petaluma's Run Ends in 24-16 Battle With Tennessee

Petaluma scored 10 runs in sixth inning to send the game into extras.

To explain how Tennessee advanced to Little League World Series Championship game with a 24-16 victory over Petaluma National Little League on Saturday in South Williamsport, Pa. is simpler than it seems.

Petaluma almost got single-handedly ten-run ruled by Tennessee’s Lorenzo Butler in the first six innings of Saturday’s U.S. Championship game. Butler’s three three-run home runs for Tennessee broke the Little League World Series record for most RBIs in a game with nine, and gave his team a 15-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Coming to bat at what seemed to be its final chance, Petaluma manager Eric Smith was heard telling his team on a ESPN microphone it wasn’t over yet, despite the score seeming to show otherwise.

“Whatever you do don’t give up,” Smith was heard telling his team. “Have a good approach, do what you got to do. Finish strong.”

Petaluma whittled away at the 10-run deficit, getting it to just four runs when they recorded the second out of the frame. Seemingly at the brink, Petaluma powered its way back into things. A Bradley Smith double scored Logan Douglas to make it 15-12. Kempton Brandis, down to his last strike, then crushed a two-run home run to left field to make it 15-14.

Then Hance Smith came to the plate, and found himself down to his final strike, only to blast an 0-2 pitch over the center field wall to complete the comeback at 15-15, sending the game into extras, but the jubilance of the big comeback didn’t last long.

Tennessee scored nine runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away for good, and ending Petaluma's chance for a World Series title.

Bradley Smith led Petaluma with three RBIs and Hance Smith, Danny Marzo and Logan Douglas each plated two runs.

Petaluma will play Panama in the consolation game tomorrow at 8 a.m. on ESPN. Pacific time while Tennessee will face Japan for the championship at 12 p.m. Pacific time on ABC.

Peter Fournier August 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I was in charge of game coverage because I have been a sports writer for years. Anything after this would be in Karina Ioffee's hands. You can email her with ny questions at karina.ioffee@patch.com. I believe there is a parade at least but not quite sure of what else is planned. I'm sure there's a lot!
Glen Wilson August 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM
As a former member of the National League All Stars (1967) I am so proud of this team and their coaches. Never give up attitude! I'll be honest, I shut the TV off in the 4th inning and didn't see the comeback. Perhaps that is the reason we (the 67 team) didn't go very far. :) Congratulations on a Great Season!
Bernice Lee August 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM
You are the best! Bernice Lee Martha's Vineyard, MA
Louisa Hufstader August 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
MVY in the house! I am from Edgartown, Bernice! Mom and a bunch of cousins still live around there.
victoria taylor August 28, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Very proud of the tremendous job the kids and coach did!! A life time event for them and something they can be proud of all their lives!! Victoria Taylor, from the other P city, Palmdale Ca!!

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