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Little League Champs Ready To Play In Georgia

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The rain forced the 12 members of the South Nashville Little League team to practice inside Tuesday, but it did not stop the from preparing for the Little League Southeastern Region Tournament.

The team just won the Little League Tennessee state title in Winchester.

"These kids have put in a lot of time," said coach Chris Mercado.

Now, they are working hard preparing for their games in Warner Robins, Georgia this weekend.

"Even when I don't have practice, they're some place like this, working hard and trying to get better," said Mercado.

With their sights now set on Georgia, the 12-year-olds are trying to get their game down before they take on the Little League Champions from Virginia on Friday.

"We're trying to make everything right. All our mistakes, get them right. No mistakes in Georgia, that's all we have to focus on," said pitcher Trae McLemore.

The boys are excited about the trip to the regional tournament, because they know it is the chance of a lifetime.

"I mean, not many kids get the opportunity to go to Georgia and play against great competition. And it's going to be cool to meet new kids from out of state, and have a great time with them," said team member Blake Kirchenbauer.

The boys are very excited about playing in the regional tournament, but Kirchenbauer admitted he is also feeling the pressure of being the Tennessee state champions.

"You just want to do good for your teammates. You don't want to let anybody down, you want to go out there and do the best you can," Kirchenbauer said.

The South Nashville All-Stars play their first game in Georgia on Friday when they take on the champions from Virginia.

The team is leaving for the tournament on Wednesday and will be in Warner Robins for seven days. The team will spend $10,000 just on hotel rooms for the players and their families.

The team does have a spot on its web site where community members can donate to help fund  their journey to the Little League World Series.


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