Brock Myers hit a tie-breaking double, and Goodlettsville, Tenn., gave up a 10-run lead in the bottom of the sixth before scoring nine in the seventh in a 24-16 victory Saturday over Petaluma, Calif., for a berth in the Little League World Series title game.
Only California's 10-run comeback to send the game into extra innings tied at 15 could overshadow Tennessee slugger Lorenzo Butler's extraordinary day at the plate. Butler set a single-game record with nine RBIs, and tied a record with three homers to lead Tennessee.
Cole Tomei had a two-run double in the sixth, and Hance Smith's solo shot with two outs gave California an improbable 15-15 tie.
Tennessee finally held on in the bottom of the seventh to win the U.S. championship.
Tennessee will face Tokyo on Sunday after Japan beat Aguadulce, Panama, 10-2 in the international final.