One local baseball player helped the Nationals win a USSSA Super NIT world series qualifier in Kingsport recently.
Christian Carlton, who is the only player from Crossville on the nine-player team, helped the team go 5-0 to qualify them to play in the USSSA Elite 32 World Series at Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Carlton joins players from Murfreesboro, Kingston, Knoxville and Seymour. He pitches and plays third, first base and outfield positions and bats clean-up.
He is in the sixth grade at Stone Elementary School. Carlton has played travel baseball for five years and has played for teams in the Crossville in the past.
He is coached Josh Igou of Kingston. Igou played for four years for the University of Kansas.
The 32 teams will come from all over the country. The USSAA world series has teams from ages 9U to 15U in the tournament, and the tournament is considered the most recognized tournament for travel baseball in the country. The Nationals are currently ranked in the top 30 in the nation.
RBI Tennessee Nationals have also qualified for the Travel Baseball World Series in East Cobb, GA, in June. There will be 25 teams from across the country to play in this tournament. They also played in the Elizabethtown, KY, tournament to try to qualify for the Perfect Game World Series.
The Nationals will or have played tournaments in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama and Ohio this year.
Carlton's teammates are Jackson Musrock (Knoxville), Baxton Baird (Murfreesboro), Connor Jurek (Knoxville), Adam Quincy (Seymour), Lee Dover (Knoxville), Jackson Igou (Kingston), Brandt Hensley (Knoxville) and Wyatt Heidle (Kingston).