Curacao dominates Caribbean tournament, advances to Little League World Series
WILLEMSTAD - Curacao finished its domination of the seven-team Caribbean regional tournament Saturday with a 5-0 win over St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands to earn a berth in the Little League World Series.
The Pariba League team from Willemstad outscored its opponents 61-1 in six tournament games. It defeated St. Thomas twice in pool play by identical 11-0 scores.
This will be the 13th time a team from Curacao has made it to the world series but only the one from a different league in Willemstad went home with the world championship banner.
That 2004 team featured Jonathan Schoop, who is now with the Baltimore Orioles, and the Texas Rangers Jurickson Profar.
Profar also was on the 2005 team that won the international title but lost to Hawaii for the world championship.
Teams from the Pariba league have been in the series in 2001 and 2002.
It was awarded third place in 2001 when, after the series, Little League forfeited wins by Bronx, N.Y., for using of Danny Almonte who was over age. The 2002 team lost in the international bracket semifinals.
Curacao will face Seoul, South Korea, in its first series game at 6 p.m. Aug. 19.
Besides Curacao and South Korea, Emilia, Italy, New South Wales, Australia, and Nuevo Leon, Mexico, are headed to the series that begins Aug. 18 in South Williamsport.
The Latin American tournament is under way and the Japanese champion will be determined this weekend.
The eight U.S. regional titlists and the Canadian champion will be determined the first two weeks of August.
By John Beauge