Game 23
Caribbean
6 vs.
Canada 2

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
2:00PM ET


Curacao Profits From Profar
Juremi Profar’s two-run homer puts exclamation point on 6-2 win over Canada; Curacao advances to international semifinals

By Mark Rogoff
Special Correspondent

For nearly three years Jurickson Profar could say he had done something that his brother Juremi may never get to do – win a Little League Baseball World Series championship.

Jurickson was part of the 2004 Curacao squad that beat a team from Thousand Oaks, Cali., 5-2, for the World Series title.

But now in the 2007 Series, Juremi gets a crack at it, and he and his Curacao teammates moved one step closer to winning the Little League crown with a 6-2 win over Canada (1-2) on Wednesday in front of 4,100 fans at Volunteer Stadium.

Juremi’s two-run homer off Shaylen Buis in the fifth broke open a 4-2 ballgame, an exclamation point on a win that guarantees Curacao a spot in one of Thursday’s international semifinals.

“I can do it, too!” Juremi said with a smile, through an interpreter, when asked what he would tell his brother now that he has also homered in a World Series game. (Jurickson hit a two-run homer in that championship game against Thousand Oaks.)

Curacao’s three-run second inning snapped a scoreless ballgame and proved to be the difference. All three runs were scrapped together three runs on a series of Canada errors and wild pitches.

“The errors were uncharacteristic,” said Canada manger John Temple. “At some point, the guys lost a little focus or gripped the ball a little too tight.”

Canada did score a pair of runs in the third to get right back in it. After Buis worked a one-out walk and Tony Tabor laced a double to right-centerfield, Jeff Kavanagh brought home special pinch runner Tanner Hoskins from third with a single to center. Tabor, who had advanced to third on Kavanagh’s hit, then scored on a perfectly-executed double steal during Parker Stefaniuk’s at-bat. Tabor came home on catcher Kirvin Moesquit’s throw to second base, where Kavanagh slid in safely.

Curacao came right back in the fourth, though, adding a run to make it 4-2. Juremi’s homer in the fifth closed out the scoring.

“We always tell the players to do their job and let the game be it,” said Curacao manager Vernon Isabella. “(We tell them) to give 100 percent of what they have.

“As you noticed, the team is coming to play better and better,” added Tivon Faneyte, who pitched one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.

Ulrick Carmelia started on the hill for Curacao, and allowed two runs on four hits in four innings to earn the win. Quinton Willems came on for the final out, getting Jordan Emerman to ground out to first to end it.

Buis, who took the loss, allowed six runs in four and 1/3 innings, but only two of the runs were earned.

The 2005 Whalley Little League All-Stars from Surrey, British Columbia remain the only Canada region champs to advance out of pool play since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 2001.

 


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