Friday, August 26, 2016

Little League World Series tied to Tolu

From The Crittenden Press The Little League Baseball World Series captures the imagination of millions late each summer when the best 11- and 12-year-old baseball teams in the world converge on Williamsport, Pa., for a tournament that is now being televised nationally.Over the past week, Crittenden County residents have watched with particular interest and excitement as two boys from Goodlettsville, Tenn., with local ties became overnight stars. Twins Tyler and Tanner Jones are among the top players on the Southeast Regional team that hails from Goodlettsville, a suberb of Nashville. They are the great-grandchildren of the late C.R. Jones and Lavina Jones. The couple lived in Crittenden County near Tolu for many years and still has family living here. The Jones twins were instrumental in Goodlettsville’s regional championship over Georgia and the victories this week in the World Series games in Pennsylvania. They scored all of Goodlettsville’s runs in a 3-2 World Series win over the Northwest Regional champion. Their team lost on Monday but came out of the lower bracket to beat Bowling Green, Ky., Thursday. That victory sends the Jones boys and Goodlettsville to Saturday's U.S. Championship Game. Ann English, who is a distant relative of the boys, says she and other kin in Livingston County have followed the games with great interest. “Their father is one of the coaches,” English said.