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Cardenales Little League from Venezuela is First to Qualify for 2006 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 16, 2006) – A team from Venezuela became the first to earn a berth in the 60th Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Latin America Region Tournament on Saturday in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The Cardenales Little League of Barquesimeto, Lara, defeated Liga Pequena De Beisbol Little League, from Guatemala City, Guatemala, 8-2, in the championship game. Cardenales Little League finished the seven-team tournament with a 7-1 record.

Teams from Venezuela have won the Little League Baseball World Series two times, the most recent in 2000 when a team from Sierra Maestra, Maracaibo defeated Bellaire (Texas) Little League, 3-2, in the world championship game.

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 Monday, July 24, when the Mexico Region Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, is due to end.

The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, 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.

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