'Dream Come True'—Petaluma Little League Off to World Series

The team won the West Regional Championship on Saturday.

Story updated 12:02 a.m.

They've done it! The  will head to the World Series, after defeating Hawaii 7-5 in San Bernardino on Saturday.

They're due to fly to South Williamsport, Pa. Sunday morning where games will begin Thursday.

"Some of them are still in shock," board member Eric Smith told Patch on Saturday night. "I heard some of them saying, 'This is a dream come true.'"

"I mean, this is something you see in the movies or on TV, but it doesn't happen in your own life—to go to the World Series," he said. "But now it has."

Smith said he wasn't sure yet how many parents would go with the players.

"We're still trying to figure all that out," said Smith who was fielding lots of phone calls Saturday night. "This isn't something you can really plan for. It's still pretty overwhelming right now. It's an incredible comeback from last year, when we were behind."

On Saturday, Petaluma scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-4 lead over a team from Hawaii. In the bottom of the sixth inning, its last at bat, the Hawaii team had runners on first and second base with two outs.

Then a base hit got past the Petaluma team's left fielder and both runners scored, making the score 7-5 with the tying run on base and the winning run coming to bat.

Petaluma National claimed the Hawaii runner who scored the sixth run did not touch third base as he ran toward home plate. Petaluma appealed that sixth run to the third base umpire who agreed the runner's foot did not touch the base. The runner was called out and the game ended with a 7-5 victory for the team.

Asked about the reason behind the team's amazing run at the Westcoast Regional championships in San Bernardino where Petaluma National have won all four games, Smith attributed it to years of practice as well as a strong team ethic.

"We're 13 kids strong," Smith said. "They go out there and they do their job. Many of them have been playing together for a number of years. They believe in each other. They've been saying, 'We can do this.'"

Petaluma National will now face the Northeast champion team, Fairfield American Little League at noon on Aug. 16. World Series matches will run through Aug. 26.

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If you have photos/video from Saturday's game, feel free to upload to this story if you wish. And feel free to leave a comment for these little guys beneath this story.

Sandi Melia August 12, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Good Game! Petaluma is proud of you! World Series WOW !
FINNEGAN'S MARIN August 12, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Hey Petaluma.. Novato is watching too! What a great, great win! The whole team represents California so well. Good luck in Williamsport!! We will be watching every step of the way.
Teresa Schiess August 12, 2012 at 05:41 AM
You guys are the bomb, we have been cheering you on all the way! You can do this, we in Sonoma County are all so proud of what you have accomplished. Go Nationals!!
Camy August 12, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Hey Petaluma! Way to go! I'm a transplanted Petaluma native watching and cheering you on from Chicago. Good luck and Congratulations on your efforts so far!!!
Tracy Tomei August 12, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Unreal! Been there all week supporting my nephew Cole Tomei and Coach (brother) Trevor Tomei
Julie Pendray August 12, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Tracy, do you have photos or video of today's game that you can share with Patch readers here? Please feel free to upload.
Tim Varner August 12, 2012 at 06:26 AM
This is awesome for the petaluma all stars they wanted this real bad and they got it way to go petaluma congrates and bring back a championship good luck from Tim Varner
Lynn Lapera August 12, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Congratulations. We've been following you from Loomis with O'Hanlon's grandma Nancy!
Bill O'Donnell August 12, 2012 at 07:08 AM
I think anyone, including myself and my son, who was heavly involved in Petaluma little league baseball, is so invested in PNLL's team this season. For all the times we came close, and we did, losing in division2 in our time, we are pulling for you, and so proud of what you have accomplished.
Lori Jensen Gabriel August 12, 2012 at 05:15 PM
We are all so proud of you boys!! Thanks to all the coaches and parents too!
Jolene Sisseck August 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
You ALL are the Bomb!....Sonoma County and all of northern california is so very proud of you young men. Go show them how the West Won!!!
David Devoto August 12, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I do not know the coaches name, but from what I saw Saturday, he is a HUGE reason the team has done the unprecedented. He seemed to have such a calm demeanor and calming effect on the boys. Bravo, coach and players!
Tanya Sullivan August 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The Best of the West! PTown will be glued to the big screen on Thursday!
Goofpod August 12, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Heard you guys on the Murph and Mac show last week. People are taking notice. Better than the Giants! Go West!!
Lauren August 13, 2012 at 04:46 AM
We are transplanted to Oregon from Petaluma. Our 12yr old son reminds us daily he could have been there! Well, in spirit we will be there. Our neighbors remind us that Oregon is there as well. Well,after seeing the Petaluma Boys cheering our Oregon team on, we will do the same! Go Petaluma!!!
asdf fdas August 13, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Cheap way to win.


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