PHOTOS Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball
Earlier this month, Randy Huth and his coaching staff loaded a bus with twelve talented baseball players, on their way to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Nolo Boys and Stella, as they have been called by the town, are making history. Their victory over Florida in the Southeast Regional Championship Game gave them their fifth Regional Championship within the last ten years, marking the first time in Little League history that a team has made it to this competition five times. As if that accomplishment is not enough, Randy Huth has now become the first manager in Little League World Series history to bring a team to the contest three times in a row. Players Nash Carter and Grayson May will become the forty-first and forty-second players in the seventy-six-year history of the Little League World Series to make back-to-back appearances. Also making history is Stella Weaver. She is the first female player in Nolensville to represent the town at this competition and the twenty-second female to play in Little League World Series history.
“To be able to do this three times with three groups of kids is special. I don’t take it for granted,” said Manager Randy Huth. Each year the Nolensville team has come up with a saying or slogan that represents who they are and what their goal is. ‘Our Time’ is the slogan for the 2023 team because even though Nolensville has had a team represented in the Little League World Series the past two years, this is a new team, with a new goal and a different vibe. “We didn’t come this far to only come this far,” Randy said.
Nolensville’s coaching staff consists of Manager Randy Huth, Coach Mark Carter, Nash Carter’s dad and the keeper of the famous “power pellets” and Coach Chris Mercado, the previous Manager of the 2013 and 2014 Regional Championship team.
This experience is every twelve-year-old baseball player’s dream. “The kids are most excited about signing autographs and answering interview questions,” said Randy.
Nolensville Little League is working with local businesses and the town to show as much support for this team as possible. Nolensville Communications Officer, Brandi Najm said, “We believe that this team not only represented Nolensville well, but that they made history throughout the tournament.”
Ultimately, the team fell short five to three against the West Region Champions, El Segundo Little League. In a post written on Facebook, Randy stated, “It doesn’t bother me that we are leaving Williamsport early, and that there is no championship trophy to raise… All I know is that the last three years have been the best times of my life.”