South Nashville South, the all-star 12U team from Williamson County had to survive wind, rain and a planned vacation to win its opening round contest 5-1 against Lexington at the Tennessee Little League Championships.
SNS’s starting pitcher Bryson King was on a roll, striking out five batters in the two innings he pitched before the skies opened up, ending the action for the day with South Nashville in the lead 2-0.
Unfortunately for South Nashville, the next day King’s family had a planned vacation and all coach Randy Huth could do was wave goodbye to his hot pitcher.
“It was planned way in advance so we just accepted it and came up with plan B,” Huth said.
Plan B turned out to be pretty good too. The first part of the plan was to score more runs and South Nashville wasted little time in doing that.
When play resumed the next day, the offense came out a scored three more runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead.
The firepower was provided by Grant Snyder, Hudson Barton and Nolan Maloney, who all notched RBIs in the inning.
The coach then handed the ball to three different pitchers, who proceeded to throw four strong innings, holding Lexington to a single run.
“Hudson came up really big for us, not only getting a couple key hits, but he was also terrific on the mound,” Coach Huth said.
Hudson tossed two complete innings of no-hit, no-run baseball and most importantly, only threw 20 pitches, meaning his is still available for the next game under Little League rules.
Dominic Monaco also had two hits for South Nashville, and tossed an inning in relief.
“We really need him to come alive,” Huth said. “He is our only left-handed pitcher and one of two left-handed hitters,” Huth added.
The other lefty hitter is Yuraj Chauhan, who also had two hits for SNS. The big pitcher is South Nashville’s ace and has yet to throw.
“Everybody is looking forward to seeing him pitch,” Huth said. The coach as of yet has not decided if he will start Chauhan next came or hold him out for the championship game. SNS takes on host Morristown next.
“It’s one of those tough decisions that can make me popular or not,” Huth said. “You hate to lose when your ace is available, but it would be nice to have him there in the end.”
But thanks to great pitching in the first game, all options are available.