Little League World Series 2012: Tennessee Will Defy Odds Again to Win Southeast

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVAugust 9, 2012

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 28: Mitsuhiro Uchida #8 of the Japan team from Hamamatsu City, Japan grounds out for the first out of the game against the West team from Huntington Beach, California during the Little League World Series championship game on August 28, 2011 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The West team defeated the team from Japan 2-1. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The tradition that is the Little League World Series hasn't been too kind to teams from the state of Tennessee—that's about to change come Friday. 

In what could easily become the Cinderella story of the 2012 Little League World Series, the boys from Goodlettsville, Tenn. will upset heavily favored Georgia in Friday's Southeast Regional Final.

Georgia's team comes from Warner Robins, where Little League tradition is older than their great-grandmother's peach cobbler recipe. 

Warner Robins has sent a team to Williamsport in four of the last five years, an incredible statistic considering only one team from the entire Southeast can make the trip. They even won the whole thing back in 2007, when they beat Tokyo in extra innings. 

Don't tell that to the kids from Goodlettsville, a small town just north of Nashville. 

They're only in their second year of Little League play, but are playing like they've been around even longer than the tradition-rich Warner Robins squad. 

Goodlettsville is aiming not only to make history for their city, but for the state of Tennessee as well. No team from the state has made it to Williamsport since 1987. 

Their big star is Brock Myers, the big hitter who is just as dominant on the mound as he is at the plate. Myers opened things up in their semifinal against North Carolina with a homer, and proceeded to strike out five while allowing just one hit in 3 1/3 innings of play. 

Tennessee was able to get out to an early lead against North Carolina, and if they do so again Friday against Georgia, they'll be in great shape. With strong pitching, any lead they gain will be tough to relinquish.