Nolan Brown, Vanderbilt pitching coach's son, leads Tennessee team to Little League World Series

Aria Gerson
Nashville Tennessean
The Nolensville Little League team is headed to the Little League World Series

A baseball team wearing black pinstripes will compete in the World Series.

And the star player for Tennessee's Nolensville Little League team — which punched its ticket to Williamsport on Tuesday evening wearing Commodore-inspired uniforms with black pinstripes — just so happens to be the Vanderbilt pitching coach's son.

Nolan Brown, son of the Commodores' Scott Brown, was nearly unstoppable during his team's Southeast Regional. At the plate, he slashed .600/.636/.1.200, and he pitched nine innings and allowed just two runs with 11 strikeouts, picking up two wins in the process. His first appearance was technically a perfect game, as he allowed no baserunners in a three-inning run-rule win over Alabama, and he went the distance by pitching all six innings in a win over Georgia that clinched a spot in the Little League World Series.

Brown's team first qualified by winning the state Little League title, then competed in a regional in Warner Robbins, Ga., against seven other teams from the Southeast. Normally, only the top team advances to Williamsport, but with no international teams allowed this year because of COVID-19, the top two teams from each regional advance.

On Wednesday, Tennessee officially became Southeast Regional champion by defeating Florida. Tennessee fell behind early but came back with a 10-run fifth inning in which Brown reached on a run-scoring error and hit a two-run single. Though both teams will advance to Williamsport, Tennessee will be the higher seed.

The Little League World Series begins Aug. 19. Tennessee will take on the second-place team in the Great Lakes Regional.

Current and former players and those around the Nashville sports community expressed their delight at Brown's performance.

Aria Gerson covers Vanderbilt athletics for The Tennessean. Contact her at or on Twitter @aria_gerson.