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Petaluma National Advances With 5-0 Victory Over Connecticut

Quinton Gago tosses a gem, Hance Smith blasts a three-run home run.

Petaluma National doesn’t want to leave Williamsport, Pa. quite yet, winning its second-straight game in the elimination bracket of the 2012 Little League World Series, a 5-0 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday night.

, Petaluma cruised against Connecticut thanks to Quinton Gago’s solid night on the mound and Hance Smith's clutch hitting.

Gago pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven while Smith crushed a three-run home run in the third inning to give Gago a decent cushion.

Gago stranded five Connecticut runners on base in the first three innings before retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings. Andrew White relieved Gago in the sixth after he reached the 85-pitch Little League limit in the sixth, and forced Connecticut to ground into a double play to end the game.

The duo of Smith and Gago spoke to ESPN after the game.

“It was just outstanding,” said Smith of Gago’s outing on ESPN. “I think that’s the best he’s ever pitched.”

Gago said he knew Smith was going to do something special with two runners in scoring position in the third inning.

“He’s kind of been struggling a little bit and kind of broke that tonight,” Gago told ESPN. “And I thank him very much because he helped me with that. I calmed down once I had four-run run lead or three run lead. I don’t even remember what it was. Thank you very much, Hance.”

Smith said he felt the home run ended his recent struggles.

“To come out and hit that home run felt good,” Smith told ESPN.

Petaluma will play the loser of tomorrow’s Texas/Tennessee game on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Barbara Tognalda August 22, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The support for this team is astronomical. You can feel the love when you mention their name. I am proud to live in such a caring city.
Aubrey Barajas August 22, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It is amazing the way this town has shown their support! I'm proud to be in this town and to be part of the PNLL family! Any LL at that matter. All the dedication these people pour into our children, is nothing short of amazing!!
John.Maher August 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Tosses a gem? I love it! Hats off to Peter Fournier for some GREAT writing! Sing along! –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU99u-Uy5OQ
Sandi Melia August 22, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Right on Jim! All Sonoma County a d most of Cali should extend well wishes & support for ' The Team '
Sandi Melia August 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Very Nice! Singing at the start of every game. I love this stuff! My boys are grown, Little League were very good times for us.

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