Little League World Series 2012: Petaluma Advances To U.S. Final With 11-1 Win

SOUTH WILLAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Hance Smith #10 of the West team from Petaluma, California celebrates his solo home run against the Southwest team from San Antonio, Texas during the first inning of their Little League World Series game on August 23, 2012 in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Petaluma. Calif. advanced to the U.S. final in the Little League World Series with Thursday's win.

The kids from Petaluma, Calif., are one win away from the Little League World Series championship game after their 11-1, five-inning win over Texas Thursday in South Williamsport, Pa.

Hance Smith homered twice, including a grand slam, and Quinton Gago added another longball in support of starting pitcher Danny Marzo, who struck out 11 in five innings.

Petaluma now gets Goodlettsville, Tenn., on Saturday in the U.S. final. Panama and Japan are in the international final.

Smith leads the LLWS in runs batted in with 10 and is tied for the series lead in home runs in the tournament with three. Teammate Bradley Smith leads the LLWS in total hits with nine as Petaluma has powered its way to a 4-1 record. The West team has earned a rematch with the Southeast (Tennessee), which is 3-0 in LLWS play including a 9-6 win over Petaluma on Aug. 19.

More stats and information are available at the LLWS website.

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