Nothing brings out the best in local Little Leaguers like a loss

Whatever happens from here, the South Nashville Little Leaguers have shown they are good losers.

More specifically, they have shown that they respond well – and decisively – to defeat.

The latest example was Saturday’s 10-2 rout of a team from Corpus Christi, Texas in an elimination game at the Little League World Series. Trae McLemore broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fourth and broke open the affair with a grand slam in the top of the sixth.

Under the current scheduling format, no team that lost its first game won the LLWS, but if any team can do it this just might be the one.

“I guess we just like playing with our backs against the wall, and that's just what we will have to do,” manager Chris Mercado said following the most recent loss.

Two days before the rout of Corpus Christi, the Southeast Region champs were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score in their tournament opener against Westport, Connecticut.

It was the third time in as many tournaments South Nashville bounced back from a defeat in the opener. Their average runs scored in games immediately following a loss is now 12.7.

South Nashville won 17-5 in its second game of the region tournament, which came in the wake of a 3-1 defeat. In the three victories that followed, it scored 16 runs total.

In the state tournament, an 11-7 victory followed a 4-3 loss in the first game.

South Nashville’s next chance to extend its run is 3 p.m. Monday against Newark, Delaware. ESPN will broadcast the game live.