By Mike Hastings
South Nashville swept their way through the Little League 12U State Championship Tournament, winning four games including the finale in convincing form.
The team, made up of all stars from Franklin, Brentwood and Nolensville, beat Lexington 5-1 in the opener, then bested host Morristown 9-5. In the semifinals, South Nashville beat Tullahoma 8-2.
After winning the losers’ bracket, Tullahoma earned a spot in the finals. There they ran into a South Nashville team that was firing on all cylinders.
South Nashville ace Yuvraj Chauhan tossed a no-hitter and Max Weyenberg and Dominic Monaco each blasted two home runs to lead their team to a 18-3 victory.
“Our boys are getting hot at the right time,” South Nashville coach Randy Huth said.
“Yuvraj has been our ace all season and he definitely didn’t disappoint. He was as good as he possibly could be, and a day after his birthday!,” Huth added.
South Nashville outhit Tullahoma 16-0. Weyenberg drove in six runs with his two home runs, one of which was a grand slam.
In the third inning, it looked like Tullahoma might try and make it a game. Trailing 5-0, they managed to score three runs without getting a hit.
“We decided to have a mental breakdown,” Huth said. After a walk, a hit-batsman and an error, Tullahoma pulled with two runs at 5-3. But that was it.
“We decided to settle down and then just busted loose,” Huth said.
South Nashville would score 13 unanswered runs and mercy-rule Tullahoma in the fifth inning.
Grant Snider went 2-4 and scored three runs for South Nashville. Nolan Maloney went 3-4 and scored twice. Hudson Barton went 2-3 and scored twice. Wes Davis was 1-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Jude Wascom went 1-1 with a walk, and Evan Bell drew a walk and scored.
South Nashville will now move on to the Southeast Regionals in Warner-Robbins Georgia. They will again need to win four games to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
“We play the opening game on Friday at 10 a.m. against a tough Peachtree City team,” Huth said.
Peachtree is the defending champion and host team. Games will be televised on ESPN Plus, the mobile app. “Which is every boys dream!” Huth laughed.