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Petaluma Nationals Win 5-4 Monday in a Close Game That Stretches into 8th Inning

Next game set for Tuesday 5pm

Danny Marzo crushed a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Petaluma National Little League a 5-4 extra innings victory over New Jersey in the elimination bracket of the Little League World Series on Monday.

Petaluma, representing the West region, and Par Troy and Parsippany, New Jersey, representing the Mid-Atlantic region, went to the top of the fourth inning in a 0-0 stalemate until New Jersey catcher Anthony Scannelli blasted a two-run homer over the left field wall to put New Jersey up 2-0.

The New Jersey lead was short-lived as Petaluma responded in the bottom half of the fourth. Bradley Smith, known as Petaluma's 6-foot-3 slugger, bunted in Logan Douglas from third to cut the deficit to one-run. Hance Smith would single to left field later in the inning, plating two runs and giving Petaluma a 3-2 lead.

Smith extended the lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning when he smacked a line drive into right-center field, scoring Douglas.

Smith, who was Petaluma's starting pitcher, couldn't hold the two-run lead in the top of the sixth, allowing a pair of New Jersey runs which tied the game.

Petaluma will play Connecticut on Tuesday night in another elimination game at 5 p.m. Pacific.

Chip Young August 21, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Just a side note.....The Pini Hardware connection...The owners of Pini, Chip Young and Steve Saunders are Logan Douglas grandfather and uncle. Logan is #9 on the Petaluma Nationals Team. Logans older brother Ryan worked at Pini this summer. When we say that Pini is a family business, we really mean it! :)
FINNEGAN'S MARIN August 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
School starts tomorrow.. send the kids back with a smile! Kids Wearing Any Baseball Hat Eat Free During the Game Tonight! Finnegan's will have the Petaluma Little League game on with the sound on the TVs from 5pm until the final out! Each child 12 & under dines free with each dining adult! Good Luck Petaluma!! Good luck Logan Douglas!!!!
John.Maher August 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Petaluma Pete and the Taps gang sing "Ballgame" for the kids! See the video by clicking here: -> http://petaluma.patch.com/articles/petaluma-nationals-little-league-2012-by-petaluma-pete#youtube_video-11067145
Aubrey Barajas August 21, 2012 at 02:55 PM
No matter what happens you boys have been playing a hard. We are so proud of you! You got this! Keep your head in the game and we will see you when the time is due. Go Petaluma Nationals!!
Aubrey Barajas August 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Forgot the word "game" in that!

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