Little League World Series-Bound Petaluma Beats Hawaii on Controversial Call

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 13, 2012

This controversy threatens to tear the fabric of relations between Petaluma, California, and Nanakuli, Hawaii.

The Little League World Series is about to give us hours of baseball footage, featuring little kids with tremendous pressure placed on their shoulders.

SportsGrid reports on a call that will be debated until the end of time, or at least until the end of this magical video.

Petaluma gives up a two-run hit to left field. The ball finds its way under the glove of the left fielder, who runs to the wall with the knowledge that he may have given up the game.

That's where you see a sight that will be quite familiar in the coming weeks: a young man shedding some tears for allowing a baseball mishap to happen.


That all changes when the coach spots a way to end the game before it gets tied up by the kids from Hawaii.

Petaluma appeals to third, and the ump calls the Nanakuli runner out. Only he may have made the wrong call, because it looks like the runner's heel snuggles up to the base just enough to get by.

Now we have some good, old-fashioned controversy to carry us all to Williamsport, where tiny titans will claw their way to the bitter end.

Now we play "you make the call." Did the ump get this one right?

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