The Marshall County Nationals 11-12 year old Little League team, coached by Richie Smith and Tim Harber, take their squad on the road this weekend to Gallatin to chase the State Title.
The Nationals earned the trip after an amazing 15 inning victory in Pulaski on July 8th that gave them the District 3 Title. Smith and his team open up play in the State Tournament Saturday at 4 p.m. versus Montgomery Central.
The Nationals sport a strong pitching staff that includes the big lefty, Zach Horvath, winner of the championship game in the Lewisburg bracket versus the Marshall Americans on July 6. The talented stable of hurlers also includes Matt Sharp, Jalen Jones, and Jacob Maultsby.
There is no shortage of clutch hitters and big lumber in the lineup either as Austin Harber is the team's table-setting leadoff man. When Harber gets on base, the bevy of big hitters that follow are lethal. Malik Crawford has a great combination of speed and power, catcher Jesse Kilpatrick is a big run producer, Zach Horvath can go deep at any time, and first baseman Richie Smith is a powerful hitter who has driven in many base runners in All-Star play.
The Nationals are the last team representing the Marshall County Little League remaining in post-season play and hopefully they will bring home the crown from Gallatin and move on to the Regional Tournament in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 2-9.