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LIVE BLOG: 2012 Little League World Series, Petaluma National vs. Texas

Petaluma is set to play Texas in its third-straight elimination game tonight at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

6:57 p.m. - Thanks for watching on the live blog tonight folks! We'll be signing off now. We'll have a game story up soon!

6:41 p.m. - Petaluma advances to the U.S. Championship game in dominant fashion with an 11-1 victory over Texas.

6:39 p.m. - Two runners on for Petaluma, one out. One more run finishes game (10-run rule).

6:38 p.m. - Flyball for O'Hannlon scores Bradley Smith (pinch ran). 10-1 Petaluma.

6:37 p.m. - Smith scores on a wild pitch. 9-1

6:36 p.m. - Gago singles, scores Paretti, Smith to third, Gago to second. 8-1, Petaluma.

6:32 p.m. - White and Paretti single. Two on, one out.

6:30 p.m. - Petaluma is three outs away from advancing to the U.S. Championship game, up 7-1 heading to the bottom of the 5th.

6:28 p.m. - That's 12 Ks for Marzo.

6:23 p.m. - Petaluma leads 7-1 after four innings. 

6:21 p.m. - Porter Slate reaches base on an infield single. One on, one out.

6:17 p.m. - Marzo just recorded his 10th strikeout of the game, 4th inning, two outs.

6:12 p.m. - Dylan Moore strikes out to end the inning. End of three, Petaluma up 7-1.

6:08 p.m. - Hance Smith is on FIRE. Hits his second home run of the game, Petaluma up 7-1.

6:01 p.m. - Petaluma set to bat in the bottom of the third up 6-1.

6:00 p.m. - Marzo gives up a solo home run to Jordan Cardenas, 6-1 Petaluma.

5:55 p.m. - Six strikeouts for Danny Marzo so far.

5:51 p.m. - Bradley Smith strikes out to end the inning. End of two, 6-0 Petaluma.

5:50 p.m. - Marzo advances on a wild pitch.  At second now.

5:49 p.m. - Marzo singles, one on, two out. Almost gets picked off.

5:44 p.m. - Marzo allows a hit but no more, Petaluma coming to bat in the second up 6-0.

5:34 p.m. - Petaluma just scored six runs on TWO hits.

5:33 p.m. - Cole Tomei grounds into a double play. After one inning, Petaluma up 6-0.

5:33 p.m. - Petaluma goes back to back...Quinton Gago crushes a shot to left-center. 6-0 Petaluma.

5:30 p.m. - Pitching change for Texas right now.

5:28 p.m. - Hance Smith hits a grand slam. Petaluma up 5-0.

5:26 p.m. - Kempton Brandis strikes out but the pitch gets away, he looks like he'll be safe at first. Bases loaded, one out.

5:25 p.m. - Slate scores on a wild pitch, 1-0 Petaluma, runners into scoring position.

5:23 p.m. - Bradley Smith gets ahead in count 3-0, takes a walk. Base loaded, one out.

5:22 p.m. - Marzo flys out, Bradley Smith to bat. Two on, one out.

5:21 p.m. - Logan Douglas draws a walk. Back to back walks have two Petaluma runners on, no outs.

5:18 p.m. - Porter Slate draws a walk. One out, no outs.

5:14 p.m. - Marzo retires the side in order, records two strikeouts. Petaluma coming to bat.

5:10 p.m. - Danny Marzo is starting for Petaluma.

5:08 p.m. - Petaluma is the home team again and will get the last at-bat in today's game.

4:55 p.m. - Ok folks set to go live here in a few minutes.

Petaluma National Little League will be on the brink for the third-straight time in the elimination bracket of the 2012 Little League World Series as it will face Texas tonight on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com at 5 p.m. Pacific.

If you can't watch the game, follow along on Petaluma Patch! We'll be posting a live blog with continuous updates shortly before the first pitch is thrown tonight. We'll have continuous updates also on our Twitter and Facebook pages in case you can't watch the game.

over Fairfield on Tuesday.

Click here for a link to full International Tournament bracket: http://www.littleleague.org/series/2012divisions/llbb/12LLBWSBracket.pdf

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Mark Burnham August 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
ptown completely agree. this news is completely worthy of any attention grabbing headline patch or any other local news outlet provides. sergant hulka said it best.. "lighten up francis (and diane and sheri)"
Carlos Villatoro August 23, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Hi everyone, this went out as a breaking news alert, on the North Bay sites. We meant to send it out as a breaking news alert on Petaluma Patch, however, it went out as a breaking news alert for all of the site. We acknowledge the error. Please continue logging on to the sites for the most up-to-the minute coverage on the Little League World Series. The entire West Coast is behind Petaluma National!
Julie Pendray August 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
When I was chatting with some people in Sonoma yesterday, they were really excited about this. So, I'm fine with it. I appreciate that some might not be. But isn't it fun to have something positive to be excited about with everything else going on in the world? Between this and America's Cup in the Bay, I'm pretty much over the moon myself. That and the way Sonoma beat Napa in cricket lately (sorry Napa!) http://patch.com/A-wVXY
Lizzardking's Rise August 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
This is The Patch, man which covers small towns such as Petaluma. This is breaking news for small town community and moreover, and more importantly, it's positive news. I am so tired of all you negative Nelly's. I guess you all would prefer to hear about the old dude who chased down the cyclist on the golf course. This "breaking news" made me smile. When was the last time a news story had that effect on you?
Louisa Hufstader August 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
On Napa Patch we have a culture of using actual names in the comments thread. My apologies to Napa readers that I am not able to moderate contributions from other Patch sites.
BJL August 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Go get 'em boys! Cheer for our local youth.... and its bigger than breaking news! Watching these games are so fun. I was in San Jose during the Tuesday night game and the whole bar I was in was cheering for Petaluma.
Mark Burnham August 23, 2012 at 08:32 PM
louisa welcome to the rough and tumble world of posts and pseudonyms in the north bay! culture here also includes tobacco spittin and cow tippin!
Dexter Kaziff August 23, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Go Petaluma!!!!! I hope everyone in Novato watches this game and all out little leaguers get inspired to some day have a Novato team make it to Williamsport.
Ptown August 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM
To pamper or not to pamper. Loisa, these are adults. Pampering not needed.
Ptown August 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Go Petaluma, go west
SamS August 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM
As of today, Petaluma is one of the top three Little League Teams in the United States - and one of the top 5 in the WORLD. That is beyond "breaking news" - that is fantastic, and the team deserves all the coverage Patch wants to give them. People all over the west coast are talking about a team of 12 and 13 year olds that play baseball in our backyard. What could be more awesome? I wish all the breaking news stories were about the great accomplishments of our citizens- rather than stories about the criminals, drink drivers and other losers that are usually listed as "breaking news".
Jeffrey Wright August 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Nice work Sam ...... 6-0 baby !!!!
Chris Borr August 24, 2012 at 12:37 AM
GRAND SLAM followed by a single HR! THAT my friends is breaking news! Thanks to Patch for carrying this live blog. I work in SF and you wouldn't believe how many people are following this.
Carlos Villatoro August 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Great play-by-play Peter. Keep it up!
Petaluma Patriot August 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM
why does it seem that the play-by-play roll out is so slow? It's been over 30 minutes since the end of the first inning
Bob Ratto August 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
This is really, really good, thanks! Go Petaluma!!!!!!
Carlos Villatoro August 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Home Run Hance Smith!! WOO HOO! 7-1 National
Peter Fournier August 24, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Check it again, Petaluma Patriot. Should be fixed.
Petaluma Patriot August 24, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Thank you , Peter-- and thanks for your good work :)
Brent Ainsworth August 24, 2012 at 01:39 AM
This all makes me want to wave Old Glory, eat apple pie and drive a Chevrolet.
Chris Borr August 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Congratulations to the boys from Petaluma! And congrats to the Patch for letting us be a part of this sweet victory.
BJL August 24, 2012 at 01:51 AM
For you who don't think this is breaking news.... ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX all Bay Area local news is talking about it.... Way to go boys! PTown goes to the US World Series!
Louisa Hufstader August 24, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Yes!!!
Sylvia Barry August 24, 2012 at 01:56 AM
This is fantastic news! Go Petaluma National! We are very proud of you in Novato! Let's win the World Series!
Derek Wilson August 24, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Little Leaguers. Big Hearts. Congratulations to all the players and their families.
Louisa Hufstader August 24, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Well done, Petaluma AND Peter.
mary winslow August 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM
When was the last time we had joyful breaking news?!!! Go P-Town boys! We are loving this.
John.Maher August 24, 2012 at 02:35 AM
They won! They won! They won! Sing along again! -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU99u-Uy5OQ
Louisa Hufstader August 24, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Here's the wrap-up from Peter with some incredible photos by Ralph Wilson: http://napa.patch.com/articles/little-league-world-series-petaluma-national-to-us-championship-game-after-11-1-romp-of-texas-bbd54112#photo-11113433
Jeffrey Wright August 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Breaking News !!!! You just don't get it ..................

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