NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Goodlettsville All-Stars aren’t letting their loss to New York in the Little League World Series United States Championship game Saturday lose the value of what has been a remarkable season.
“I’m just proud of them, I mean, second in the United States? To go through what we just went through, it’s awesome,” head coach Tony Hale told the media following his team’s loss.
“There’s no sad faces here, nothing but smiles,” added Hale.
“We have an incredible baseball program and we have a team that’s going to be coming home Monday that’s won four games this week,” said Goodlettsville supporter Zach Young.
“That sounds like winners to me,” added Young.
John Henry Knotts was just happy to have gotten a hit during the series.
“It felt great, just getting a hit in the Little League World Series,” said Knotts. “That’s been my dream forever.”
After the game, the team was treated to a catered meal from a local restaurant and some down time at an area park.
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The All-Stars have lost their bid for a championship title; however, they will play a consolation game Sunday morning.
The entire Middle Tennessee community could not be prouder of their All-Stars.
“It’s a win, win. It’s a win for our city, it’s a win for the boys, it’s a win for our community and the legend will live on,” Rusty Tinnin, Goodlettsville City Commissioner told News 2.
“You can’t really put a dollar value to this, but I can tell you that these two events that we’ve had in 2012 and 2016 this year has definitely placed our city on the world stage,” Mayor John Coombs told News 2.
The celebration isn’t over for the All-Stars. There will be a welcome home party in the city when they return.
News 2 is the only TV station traveling with the team and has been following them since their first game at the Southeast Regional. Click here to read more about their journey.