Curundu Little League From Panama Wins Latin America Region, Advances to 2004 Little League Baseball World Series
The Curundu Little League of Panama City defeated David Doleguinta Little League, from Chiriqui, Panama, 1-0, in the championship game. The Panama City team finished the five-team tournament with a 3-3 record and marked the fifth time that a team from Panama has won a regional championship and advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series.
Teams from Latin America have won the Little League Baseball World Series five times, the most recent in 2000 when a team from Sierra Maestra Little League, Maracaibo, Venezuela defeated Bellaire (Texas) Little League, 3-2, in the world championship game.
Curundu Little League joins Shou Tien Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, Saipan Little League from Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and Linda Vista Little League of Guadalupe, Mexico, as a participant in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series. Curundu Little League has participated in the World Series once before, reaching the tournament in 1988.
The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 29. Twenty-five other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 27 games on national television.
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided Tuesday in Kutno, Poland, when the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region Tournament is due to end.
The U.S. region finals, all of which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 7, 7 p.m.); Midwest (Indianapolis, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 11, 8 p.m.); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 12, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 15, 5 p.m.). All 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 70 other countries.