Morristown Plans Celebration For World Champions

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Morristown (WVLT) - For the first time in almost 60 years, an East Tennessee Little League team has won a world series!

The Morristown South All Stars pulled out a win Wednesday night, and the community could not be more proud.

Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt has more on the details of the big celebration.

This group of girls is definitely the talk of the town, and everyone is anxious for them to come home, and Morristown will give them one big welcome.

It's another evening at Charlotte's Family Restaurant, but there's something different to talk about over a home cooked meal. The Morristown South All Star softball team are world champs!

"These girls are ones that we've had in church and in Bible school, and it's just so neat to see them out there playing and they've worked so hard for it and they're such a close knit group of girls," Morristown resident Patty Starns said.

The community is abuzz with excitement and pride for these 11 and 12 year olds, and they've quickly become local celebrities!

"It was exciting to see them on TV, and there's a couple that live up the street from us, and just it was exciting to watch their faces and see the intensity they played with," Tom Wells of Morristown said.

Fans were glued to their TV's Wednesday night as the girls pulled out a victory against a team from Texas, 3 to 2.

"You just get really proud of them and you're, it's just exciting!" Morristown resident Debi Gilliam said.

And you just don't see the excitement on people's faces. It's plastered all over the town.

"It's our first world championship, so we're going to do some special things for this team," said Craig Price, the Director of Parks and Recreation for Morristown.

The girls are due back Friday around 4. The community has a big celebration prepared. A parade will start at the First Baptist Church downtown and end up at Sherwood Park to officially welcome the girls home.

"Then everybody can hug and welcome them back and sing their praises," Price said.

And everyone in Morristown is anxious to say congratulations.

"I'll probably give them some big high fives and some hugs and just say way to go girls and we're so proud of you and you should be proud of yourself and your accomplishments," Gilliam said.

And until they can celebrate with the girls, they'll just brag about them at the local diner.

"Oh my goodness, we are so proud of these girls," Starns said.

If you want to say congratulations and show your support, you can line the streets of downtown Morristown Friday around six o'clock.

After the parade, at about six thirty, a ceremony for the girls will be held at Sherwood Park. Nine of the girls attend East Ridge Middle School, which plans to have a celebration before school on Monday.


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