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Petaluma Falls To Tennessee, 9-6; Stays Alive In LL World Series

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Petaluma National Little League players watch Goodlettsville Tenn. take the lead in their Little League World Series game, Sunday Aug. 19, 2012. (Image from video, courtesy ESPN)

PETALUMA (CBS SF) — The Petaluma National Little League team lost its second game in the quest for the Little League World Series title on Sunday in South Williamsport, Pa.

The Petaluma team lost 9-6 to the Southeast Region champs from Goodlettsville, Tenn.

A crowd of baseball fans packed two theaters at the Boulevard Cinemas in downtown Petaluma, where the game was telecast live on 50-foot screens.

The audience was amped up when the local team rallied from behind to tie the score 5-5 in the fifth inning, and then quieted down when Goodlettsville pulled ahead to win the game in the sixth and final inning.

Petaluma will play Monday at 1 p.m. Pacific time to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament. Their opponents will be Par Troy East from Parsippany, N.J.

Anthony Lackey, President of the Petaluma National Little League, watched the game at the theater and told the crowd afterward that he still likes the team’s chances to battle back and stay in the competition.

“They’ve bounced back before,” he said.

Eight U.S. teams and eight international teams are vying for the Little League World Series title, which will be decided in a final game on Aug. 26.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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