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Little League World Series Live Blog: Tennessee, California Fight for U.S. Title

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)
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Benjamin KleinContributor IIIAugust 25, 2012

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the 2012 Little League World Series United States Championship Game on Saturday, you missed quite the show.

Tennessee led this game by 10 runs going into the bottom of the sixth inning before California rallied all the way back to tie the game. As the game entered extra innings, you would’ve thought Tennessee would be down in the dumps from allowing a massive comeback, but no.

Tennessee scored nine times in the top of the seventh inning to take another big lead. California would start a two-out rally, but could only come up with one run.

This was a game for the ages as we saw Lorenzo Butler hit three three-run home runs. He broke the record for most RBI in a single game with nine. We also saw the LLWS record for home runs in a single tournament shattered.

Tennessee advances to the 2012 Little League World Series Championship Game on Sunday afternoon to face Japan, who won earlier on Saturday. 

Thank you to all who tuned in and be sure to come back tomorrow afternoon for the title game.

Southeast defeats West 24-16, F/7

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