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Pabao Little League Wins Caribbean Region Championship, Qualifies for 2006 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 30, 2006) – Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, has earned the opportunity to defend its 2005 Little League Baseball World Series International Championship by winning the Caribbean Region on Saturday in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, and claiming a berth in the 60th Little League Baseball World Series.

The Pabao Little League defeated Elrod Hendricks West Little League, from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 14-3, in the Caribbean Region championship game. Pabao Little League finished the 10-team tournament with a 6-0 record.

The Caribbean Region champion has won the Little League Baseball World Series one time, when a team from Pabao Little League defeated Conejo Valley (Calif.) Little League, 5-2, in the 2004 world championship game. In 2005, a team from Pabao Little League lost the world championship game to West Oahu Little League from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, 7-6, in seven innings.

The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 18-27. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.

ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 26, at 3:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Aug. 27. Twenty-seven other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 29 games on national television. Eleven World Series games also will be televised on ESPN Deportes. For the second straight year, all 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series tournament will be on television.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on Aug. 9, when the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region Tournament in Kutno, Poland is due to end.

The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Friday, Aug 11 - Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., 7 p.m., ESPN) and Southwest (Waco, Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN); Saturday; Aug. 12 - Midwest (Indianapolis, 7 p.m., ESPN) and West (San Bernardino, Calif., 9 p.m., ESPN); Aug 13 – New England (Bristol, Conn., 1 p.m. ESPN), Great Lakes (Indianapolis, 3 p.m., ESPN); and Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., 10 p.m., ESPN2); Monday, Aug. 14 - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN2). All game times are Eastern U.S. time.