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Coquivacoa Little League from Venezuela Is First to Qualify For 2009 Little League Baseball World Series

Coquivacoa Little League from Venezuela Is First to Qualify For 2009 Little League Baseball World Series

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Coquivacoa Little League from Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, is returning to Williamsport, after earning a berth in the 63rd  Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Latin America Region Tournament on Saturday in Barranquilla, Colombia. 

The Coquivacoa Little League defeated Falcon Little League from Cartagena, Colombia, 9-1, in the championship game to earn its ninth trip to the Little League Baseball World Series. Coquivacoa Little League finished the seven-team region 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 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. 21-30. 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. 30. ABC also will televise the International Championship Game on Saturday, Aug. 29 at noon, followed by the United States championship at 3 p.m.

The 2009 World Series will be the third operated under the eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the fourth year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the eighth 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. Thirteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 14 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. 

For the second consecutive year, the New England Sports Network (NESN) is scheduled to televise four early-round games in the New England Region Tournament. The Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) is scheduled to televise four early-round games in the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament. Each tournament is to be played at Little League’s A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn. 

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on July 10, when the Asia-Pacific Region Tournament in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, is expected to end.

The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live, are: Thursday, Aug. 13 - Southwest (Waco, Texas, 8 p.m., ESPN2); Friday, Aug. 14 - Southeast (Ceredo-Kenova, W. Va., 8 p.m., ESPN); Saturday, Aug. 15 - 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., ESPN); Sunday, Aug. 16 - West (San Bernardino, Calif., 8 p.m., ESPN2); Monday, Aug. 17 - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN2).

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