For the second year in a row, a Midstate team representing the Southeast Region at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Virginia, includes the son of a Dickson County High School graduate. The South Nashville All Stars won the region championship by beating Tuckahoe, Virginia, 5-3 in Warner Robins, Georgia, Friday. The winning runs came on a two-out, two-run homer by 11-year-old Robert Hassell III in the third inning with the game tied 3-3. Hassell is the son of Franklin’s Jane and Robert Hassell Jr., 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 the state championship Tiger baseball team at Charlotte. South Nashville battled back to the region title after losing to Virginia in its first game. They are the first Nashville team to make it to the World Series since 1970. In 2012, the Goodlettsville All Stars won the U.S. Championship and lost to Japan in the World Series. That team included Jonathan Seals, son of 1983 DCHS graduate Shannon Kerns Seals, and grandson of retired Dickson County educator Gwynn Kerns and attorney Allan Kerns. The South Nashville team plays New England champions Westport, Connecticut, at 6 pm Thursday in the opening round of the 67th annual Little League Baseball World Series, which will be shown on ESPN2. Thursday also marks Hassell’s 12th birthday. Playing in Friday’s regional championship in Georgia ended Hassell’s perfect attendance through Oak View Elementary School as he now heads into Heritage Middle in Franklin.