Saturday, August 10, 2013


Alexander Tatten, who was visiting the World of Little League today with his family, hoists the Tennessee state flag on the Viewing Plaza. Alexander is a player in the Parkway Little League of West Roxbury, Mass.
South Williamsport, PA - South Nashville (Tenn.) Little League surrendered three runs in the top of the third inning, but charged back to hang five runs in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by Robert Hassell’s two-run blast, en route to a 5-3 victory over Tuckahoe (Va.) American Little League in the Little League Baseball® Southeastern Region Championship Friday night at Southeast Park in Warner Robins, Ga.

With the win, Tennessee will be making a return trip to Williamsport, following up the run of last year’s United States Champions, Goodlettsville Baseball Little League. This World Series appearance marks the first time since 1970 that Nashville will be represented.

Through two innings, neither team had much success at the plate, as starting pitchers Tanner Morgan from South Nashville Little League and Tuckahoe American Little League’s Mark Buisson worked quickly and effectively.

In the top of the third inning, Tuckahoe’s Justin Wood reached safely to lead off the stanza. Buisson then helped his own cause by hitting his fourth home run in as many games, a two-run shot to right field for a 2-0 lead. Tuckahoe American would send eight men to the plate in the inning to build a 3-0 advantage.

The South Nashville Little Leaguers, who were looking to avenge a loss to the Virginia state champions in their first regional game, powered back in the bottom of the inning. With runners on first and second, Zane Denton lined an RBI single to center field for his team’s first run of the game. Trae McLemore, the winning pitcher, then delivered a two-run single to right field, tying the game at 3-3. Hassell closed out his team’s scoring with the long ball.

Buisson took the mound loss despite driving in two runs. He lined out to left with a runner on base to end the game. Learn more about the Southeast Tournament here.

The Southeast Region Champion is scheduled to play against the New England Region Champion in the second game of the U.S. bracket at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m., on Lamade Stadium. The New England Region Champion will be decided on Saturday, Aug. 10 in Bristol, Conn., at 7 p.m. Learn more about the New England Region Tournament. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, the WatchESPN app or ABC.

The 67th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit