DCHS grad Robert Hassell’s son returning to Little League World Series with South Nashville team

Robert Hassell III

Robert Hassell III

The son of a Charlotte native is one of two little league players getting to experience a “once-in-a-lifetime” event for the second time. Robert Hassell III is returning to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., with the South Nashville team that claimed the Southeast Region title. Hassell is the son of Franklin’s Jane and Robert Hassell II, a 1987 graduate of Dickson County High School where he played football and basketball for the Cougars. Known as “Little Robert” in his family, Hassell is the nephew of Jenny Hassell, a former softball and basketball player for the Lady Cougars who now lives in Brentwood and played on Little League softball state champion teams in 1982 and ’83. He is the grandson of Winifred Fowler Hassell of Brentwood, a Charlotte High School graduate and former resident of the Dull community, and the late Robert “Bobby” Hassell, who played on a state championship baseball team for the Charlotte Tigers. Hassell and teammate Blake Money are the first American players to appear in back-to-back World Series since 2005. With Hassell’s return, this is actually the third straight year that the son of a Dickson County High School graduate has played in the World Series. In 2012, the Goodlettsville team that won the U.S. Championship and lost to Japan in the title game featured Jonathan Seals, son of 1983 DCHS graduate Shannon Kerns Seals. South Nashville will open against the team from Philadelphia at 2 pm Friday, which is Hassell’s 13th birthday. South Nashville beat Tuckahoe, Va., 9-4 for the Southeast championship Friday with Hassell getting an RBI single and striking out eight on the mound. South Nashville went 2-2 and finished fourth in the U.S. Division last year with Hassell going 3 for 9 with a single, double and triple and three RBI. The loser of Friday’s game plays in an elimination contest at 6 pm Saturday while the winner advances to play at 6 pm Sunday. Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled to be shown on ESPN while Sunday’s game is on ESPN2.