2012 Little League World Series: U.S. Championship Preview

The U.S. Little League champion will be crowned Saturday and earn a spot in Sunday’s title game of the Little League World Series. The U.S. final, which airs on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET on August 25, will pit Tennessee (Southeast Region Champs) against California (West Region Champs). During pool play, Tennessee beat California 9–6, despite California’s four home runs in the game. Will California show up with its big bats once again to avenge a tough loss? Or will Tennessee, the only undefeated U.S. team in the LLWS, continue to coast into the finale? We sized up the two U.S. finalists.

[Photo Gallery: 2012 Little League World Series]

Petaluma, California. The city is located in northern California, an hour north of San Francisco.

Stars to Watch
Danny Marzo, Pitcher/First Baseman
LLWS stats: 2.35 ERA, 17 strikeouts

Hance Smith, Shortstop
LLWS stats: three home runs, 10 RBIs, .429 average

Road to the Championship
Petaluma made it to the U.S. final in a big way, beating Texas 11–1. Hance Smith hit two homers, driving home five runs in the game. The mercy rule went into effect, and the team advanced after five innings of play.

Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The city is located in central Tennessee, just outside Nashville.

Stars to Watch
Brock Myers (pictured above), Pitcher/Shortstop
LLWS stats: three home runs, five RBIs, .600 average

Jayson Brown, Centerfielder
LLWS stats: two home runs, five RBIs, .364 average

Road to the Championship
Goodlettsville is the first team in Tennessee history to make it to the U.S. title game. On Wednesday the team rallied after trailing Texas 3–2 going into the sixth inning. Tennessee scored on a throwing error and an RBI-single by catcher Cole Carter to win the game 4–3 and advance to the U.S. championship.

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California beat Texas real good. It's so sad to me... Go California!



wish i was a little leager

me too!

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