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Coquivacoa Little League from Venezuela Is First to Qualify For 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Coquivacoa Little League from Venezuela Is First to Qualify For 2008 Little League Baseball World Series

Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A team from Venezuela became the first to earn a berth in the 62nd Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Latin America Region Tournament on Saturday in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

The Coquivacoa Little League of Zulia, Maracaibo defeated Flor Amarillo Little League, also of Venezuela, 9-0, in the championship game to earn its eighth trip to the Little League Baseball World Series. Coquivacoa Little League finished the five-team region tournament with a 3-1 record.

Teams from Venezuela have won the Little League Baseball World Series two times, the most recent in 2000 when a team from Maracaibo’s Sierra Maestra Little League defeated Bellaire (Texas) Little League, 3-2, in the world championship game. Coquivacoa Little League won the Little League Baseball World Series in 1994, defeating Northridge (Calif.) Little League, 4-3.

The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 15-24. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.

The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 24. ABC also will televise the International Championship Game on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States championship at 3 p.m.

The 2008 World Series will be the second operated under the eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the third year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the seventh year since the tournament expanded from eight to 16 teams in 2001, every team will have games on national television.

All 32 games of the World Series will be televised again this year. Fifteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 11 will be televised on ESPN2.

In addition, the ESPN family of networks will carry all eight of the U.S. Regional Championship finals in the Little League Baseball division. The U.S. regional finals have been televised by ESPN and ESPN2 every year since 1997. Little League International also has formed a unique relationship with the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Madison Square Garden network (MSG) to televise the New England and Mid-Atlantic regional tournaments in Bristol, Conn. Each network will televise four early-round games.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on July 12, when Japan’s national tournament in Tokyo, is due to end.

The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are: Thursday, Aug. 7 - Southwest (Waco, Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN2); Friday, Aug. 8 - Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., 8 p.m., ESPN); Saturday, Aug. 9 - Midwest (Indianapolis, noon, ESPN); New England (Bristol, Conn., 2 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, 7 p.m., ESPN); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., 9 p.m., ESPN2); Sunday, Aug. 10 -West (San Bernardino, Calif., 10 p.m., ESPN); Monday, Aug. 11 - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN).