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Little League champs may need new home

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The South Nashville Little League team may have reached the Little League World Series, but the organization may have to find new fields to call home.

The league plays its games on the baseball fields at Tusculum Elementary School in south Nashville.

The school has 630 students in attendance from 23 different countries. The school is so overcrowded, it has run out of room.

"We have 26 different languages here," said principal Alison McMahan. "There is just no where for everyone to be."

Some students attend class in what's known as the musty flood room, shared by two teachers.

"The last time it flooded, we had two or three feet of water all the way down the hallway," said McMahan.

The 16 portable classrooms on campus look more like a trailer park, but that's only part of the problem.

The school was built in 1952. With 61 years of wear and tear, the school is in desperate need of repair.

"It's just an old building that needs to go away," said McMahan.

School leaders are hoping for a new building, which means the pride of South Nashville, which is playing in the Little League World Series, may have to find a new home.

The ball fields are on school property and will most likely be the location for the new school.

"I do hate that it is going to affect the ball club," said McMahan.

Councilwoman Davette Blalock represents the area. She said the baseball club would not be left with nowhere to play. She said an area near Edmondson Pike and Huntingdon Drive is one possible location.

"It's really exciting that we have a World Series team, two in Middle Tennessee within the last two years is just awesome," said Blalock. "We love it. We're excited and we want to keep baseball alive."

Capital funding for the new school was denied this year. Even if the mayor and council approves funding next in 2014, the league will still have use of the fields for another year, maybe two.

"We definitely want to try and accommodate the team, and find them a place to play," said Metro Schools spokesman Joe Bass. "Whether it's the schools or city that does that, they will have a home after Tusculum Elementary is rebuilt."

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