Caribbean Region Champion Determined for 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 30, 2005) – A team from Willemstad, Curacao, became the fourth to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Caribbean Region Tournament on Saturday in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Pabao Little League of Curacao defeated Bonaire Little League, from Netherlands Antilles, 8-0, in the championship game. Pabao Little League finished the eight-team tournament with a 5-0 record.
Teams from Curacao have played in the Little League Baseball World Series five times and won the world championship one time. In 2004, a team from Pabao Little League defeated Conejo Valley Little League of Thousand Oaks, Calif., 5-2, in the world championship game.
Pabao Little League joins Los Leones Little League of Valencia, Venezuela, Chiba City Little League of Japan, and Central East Little League of Agana, Guam, as participants in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series.
The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 19-28. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 27, 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. 28. Twenty-seven other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 29 games on national television. Three other games will be televised in ESPN Deportes marking the first time that 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 will be decided Aug. 1 in Reynosa, Mexico, when the Mexico Region Tournament is due to end.
The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 12, 7 p.m., ESPN); Midwest (Indianapolis, Aug. 12, 9 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Aug. 13, 7 p.m., ESPN); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 9 p.m., ESPN); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 14, 3 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 14, 10 p.m., ESPN2); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., ESPN2); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 15, 9 p.m., ESPN2). All game times are Eastern U.S. time.
Little League Baseball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with 2.7 million participants in all 50 states and more than 80 other countries.