It took extra innings to beat the team from the west, but Goodlettsville is advancing to the World Series title game after beating California by a score of 24-16.
Thanks to their timely hitting, Goodlettsville will take on Japan on Sunday for the Little League World Series title at 2 p.m. on Nashville's News 2.
Brock Myers started the scoring early with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, but Petaluma answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning after they loaded the bases with no outs.
Goodlettsville's bats came to life in a big way in the third inning, scoring four runs. The scoring started off with a Jayson Brown double, which was followed up by a pair of singles from Cole Carter and Luke Brown. Lorenzo Brown closed out the scoring with a three-run opposite field home run that extended Tennessee's lead to 8-1.
The Little Leaguers from California would not go away easily, though, scoring four runs in the third after a few miscues from the Tennessee defense. However, Goodlettsville capitalized on Petaluma's errors, getting on the board again, widening the gap to five runs.
That error allowed Lorenzo Butler to hit again, this time he did not homer to opposite field, but to center field. His second home run of the day brought in two runs, plus his own run, making the score 12-5 with two and a half innings to play.
Through the fifth inning, Goodlettsville was a perfect 7-7 with 10 RBIs with runners in scoring position. Six of those RBIs alone came from Lorenzo Butler's bat.
Butler and Goodlettsville were still not finished in the sixth inning. Lorenzo homered yet again, another three run homer, to give himself nine RBIs on the day and Goodlettsville a 15-5 lead.
Butler's three home runs and nine RBIs are both Little League World Series records.
The champions of the west proved they would not go down easy in the bottom half of the sixth. In what should have been their final at bat, California battled back from a 10-run deficit, tying the game.
Goodlettsville had a late rally of their own up their sleeve, though.
In the seventh inning, an extra inning in Little League, Goodlettsville showed the rally did not effect their hot bats. Getting nine runs off seven hits, bringing the score to an improbable 24-15.
California added one run in the seventh to make the final 24-16 in favor of the Little Leaguers from Goodlettsville.
This is the first time any Little League team from Tennessee has ever played for the World Series title in Williamsport, PA.
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