Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, 8:00pm ET
In the West Regional final, Waianae, Hawaii, Little League met Petaluma, Cal., Little League for a chance to compete in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., and California came out on top, 7-5, on Saturday to advance to the 2012 Little League World Series in South Williamsport.
This will be the second year in a row that Hawaii has not advanced to the Little League World Series. It's also the second straight year that a California champion will be represented.
After California took a 3-run lead in the fourth inning, Hawaii had a chance to comeback in the top of the sixth inning, but would fall short. With two outs and Braedyn Chong on first and Danson Oliva II on second, Earl Keamo-Young hit a double to left field, scoring Oliva II and Chong on the play.
The game ended on the very next play when California pitcher Andrew White stepped off the mound and threw to third, throwing out Chong for the put out. Replays showed that as Chong was rounding third base from second, he failed to step on the base.
Both teams got off to quick starts to begin the game. Hawaii jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a 2-run home run by Jaylen Gonzales. Logan Douglas responded with a 2-run home run of his own for California in the bottom half of the inning. They would add one more run in the inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Hawaii would regain the lead in the very next inning. After Hawaii loaded the bases with one out, Braiden Ayala singled on a fielder’s choice, tying the game, 3-3. Gonzales, the next batter, then proceeded to get on base due to an error, scoring a run and giving Hawaii a 4-3 lead.
With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, Kempton Brandis hit an infield RBI single, tying the game 4-4. California would score the go ahead run the very next batter on a wild pitch. They went on to score two more runs in the inning, taking a 7-4 lead.
The Little League World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 16.