The 13-14 year old Mt. Juliet Little League Grizzlies are four games away from going to the Little League World Series.
â€œItâ€™s very exciting knowing you are four games away from playing in the Little League World Series,â€ said Grizzlies head coach David Wright.
The Grizzlies defeated DeKalb County 6-5 at the state championships in Newport last Thursday to secure a trip to the regional. The five runs DeKalb County put on the board were the only ones scored against the Grizzlies during the tournament. In their first three rounds, Mt. Juliet shut out Morristown 12-0 and Maryville 17-0 before taking down DeKalb in the winnersâ€™ bracket final 2-0.
The regional will be in Cartersville, Ga. Aug 5-8.
The World Series will be played in Taylor, Mich., with five teams from the United States and five International.
The last Mt. Juliet Little League Park team to advance to the South Regional was in 2002, the 13-14 year old team coached by George Ogilivie.
Ogilivie is now head baseball coach at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski.
The Mt. Juliet Little League Park has now won three State Little League Championships: 1996 Minor League, 2002 Junior League, and now 2007 Junior League. At the minor league level, the State Championship is the highest level. The 2002 Junior team, and now the 2007 Junior team advanced to the Little League South Region Championship, which includes the champions from eight states.
Lebanon Democrat Staff Writer J.R. Lind contributed to this story.