The runner-up U.S. Little League World Series team from Petaluma joined the Oakland Athletics for stretching and pregame catch Friday afternoon before the A’s opened a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.
Hance Smith hit two homers, including a first-inning grand slam, to lead Petaluma to an 11-1, five-inning victory over San Antonio on Thursday night.
Hance Smith’s three-run homer in the third broke open a tight game, and Quinton Gago struck out seven over 5 1-3 innings in a 5-0 win Tuesday night over Fairfield, Conn., in the Little League World Series.
Danny Marzo hit a game-winning homer in the eighth inning and Petaluma beat Parsippany, N.J., 5-4 on Monday to move on at the Little League World Series.
The Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and Comcast SportsNet have donated $15,000 to offset travel costs to Pennsylvania for the families of the Petaluma Little League team playing in the World Series.
The Petaluma National Little League team defeated the Nanakuli Little League team from Hawaii 7-4 Saturday evening and will travel to Pennsylvania to compete in the Little League World Series that starts Thursday.
Hundreds of children didn’t get the chance to play baseball this year in San Francisco because there were simply not enough fields to accommodate demand.
Little league baseball equipment was stolen from a storage shed in Petaluma over the weekend, police said.