Pariba Little League from Curacao Earns World Series Berth as Caribbean Region Tournament Champion
2012 World Series Media Credentials
2012 World Series Schedule
2012 Caribbean Tournament
Pariba Little League from Willemstad, Curacao, won all six of its games in the Caribbean Region Tournament by at least seven runs to earn the region’s berth in the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series. The eight-day, 10-team tournament concluded today and was played in Guayana, Puerto Rico.
Pariba Little League, which earned a spot in the World Series in 2001 and 2002 as the Caribbean Champion, defeated a team from the host city, Radames Lopez Little League, by a 10-1 score in the championship game. Pariba Little League was the #1-seed in Pool A after posting a 4-0 record in pool play while Radames Lopez Little League was the top seed in Pool B after winning three of its four games in pool play.
The Caribbean Region Champion earned its berth in the championship game with a 14-5 victory over Elrod Hendricks West Little League from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, the #2-seed in Pool B. Radames Lopez Little League was a 7-1 winner over Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico, last year’s Caribbean Champion, in the other semifinal Friday.
The closest game in tournament for Pariba Little League was an 8-1 victory over Jose M. Rodriguez Little League in its second pool-play game. The region champions allowed just seven runs in its six regional games.
Pariba Little League joins Asia-Pacific Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League from Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei, in the 16-team Little League Baseball World Series field. Pariba Little League advanced to the International Championship game in each of its first two trips to the World Series, losing to the Asia Region Champion, a team from Japan, both times.
Pariba Little League will play its first game of World Series, Aug. 16, against the Japan Region Champion in a 1 p.m. contest that will open the tournament.
The 66th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 16-26. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.
The World Series will use the same format as last year with the teams split into two eight-team brackets – a U.S. bracket and an International bracket.
The 2012 World Series is the sixth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC. All games of the World Series will be televised live, in high definition, on the ESPN family of networks or ABC. ABC will air the World Series championship game, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m., and the U.S. and International Championship games the previous day beginning with the International contest at 12:30 p.m. and the U.S. game to follow. For the second year, all 21 World Series games played at Lamade Stadium will air on ESPN 3D.
As has been the case since 1997, everyone can follow the road to South Williamsport for the squads from the U.S. with ESPN and its family of networks coverage of the Little League Baseball regionals. Live coverage of the semifinals and championship game at all eight regional sites begins August 7. In addition, the New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise four pool play games in the New England Regional, played at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn., and both semifinals.
A new addition this year to the television schedule will feature the televising of all pool play games of the Southwestern Region Little League Baseball Tournament in Waco, Texas, by the Longhorn Network, part of the ESPN family, Aug. 3-6.
The U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern U.S. time): Southwestern Region (Aug. 9, 9 p.m., Waco, Texas, ESPN2); Southeast Region (Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); Great Lakes Region (Aug. 10, 1 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); New England Region (Aug. 11, 6 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN); Northwest Region (Aug. 11, 4 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); Midwest Region (Aug. 11, 2 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); West Region (Aug. 11, 8 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); and Mid-Atlantic Region (Aug. 12, 5 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2).
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided this weekend when the champions in the Japan and Latin America Region Tournaments will be determined.
Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, Calif., captured the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series Championship scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory over Hamamatsu Minami Little League, the Japan Region Champion.
Follow every pitch of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).
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2012 Little League Baseball World Series
Asia-Pacific Region Champion – Kuei-Shan Little League (Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei); first World Series game - Aug. 16 vs. Europe
Caribbean Region Champion – Pariba Little League (Willemstad, Curacao); first World Series game – Aug. 16 vs. Japan
Latin America Region Champion – determined July 15
Japan Region Champion – determined July 15
Middle East and Africa Region Champion – determined July 16
Mexico Region Champion – determined July 27
Europe Region Champion – determined July 29
Canada Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
Southwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 9
Southeast Region Champion – determined Aug. 10
Great Lakes Region Champion – determined Aug. 10
New England Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
Northwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
Midwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
West Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
Mid-Atlantic Region Champion – determined Aug. 12