Petaluma Loses Thrilling LL Title Game

The team will be honored in a parade Sept. 2.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Aug 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 AM PDT
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Petaluma Little Leaguers Move Toward Title

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SOUTH WILLAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 25: Bradley Smith #26 of West team from Petaluma, California misses catching a three run homer off the bat of Lorenzo Butler #8 of the Southeast team from Goodlettsville, Tennessee during the fourth inning of their Little League World Series game on August 25, 2012 in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Petaluma Little Leaguers Move Toward Title

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The Petaluma Little League team thrilled baseball fans across the country Saturday coming back from a 10 run deficit to force extra innings in the National Title Game against Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

The top of the 7th had the teams tied 15-15. Three outs earlier it was 15-5.

In the end it wasn't enough. The final score had Tennessee on top 24-16. 

ABC sports commentators said that the Little League World Series had never seen a title game like this one.

Tennessee scored first and kept the lead until the bottom of the 6th. They came back with another nine runs in the top of the 7th to get the win.

The team from the North Bay made it all the way to the U.S. Championship game, but lost in the end to a team that beat them twice in the Little League World Series held each year in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The game aired on national television and was aired locally on the radio on KNBR's 1050.

The Petaluma fans walked out of a downtown theater sad, but proud of a team that made it all the way to the national title game.

A California team has won the Little League World Series title only seven times in the history of the tournament.

The last time a Bay Area  team reached the final game was in 1991 when a team from San Ramon Valley played in the championship.

The last time a Bay Area team won the Little League World Series  was in 1962 when a San Jose team won the title.

Tennessee will now play Tokyo on Sunday for the world series title.

Petaluma will play Panama in the third place consolation game at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. That game will air on ESPN2.

Petaluma officials announced the city will host a parade in honor of the team, the coaches and the players on Sept. 2.  A well-deserved honor. It will kick off at 1 p.m. at Walnut Park.

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