Petaluma, the hometown of A's outfielder Jonny Gomes, finished third in the Little League World Series. They made up a 10-run deficit in the sixth inning of a semifinal game against Goodlettsville, Tenn., before falling, 24-16, in extra innings. In the third-place game, Petaluma topped Aguadulce, Panama, 12-4.
Gomes has frequently sported a Petaluma shirt in the clubhouse in recent weeks, and he has helped raise money to cover the team's transportation and lodging costs in Williamsport, Pa.
"If I was lucky enough to go to Williamsport when I was 12, there would be no chance my family would have been able to go on their own dollar, and how bummed out I would be about that," Gomes said.
On Friday, the team will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on the field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. During the national anthem, the players will take the field alongside the A's starters before taking in the game from the luxury suites, courtesy of Gomes.