Sunday, July 31, 2016

Aguadulce, Panama, Wins the Little League Baseball® Latin America Region Championship

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Aguadulce Cabezera Little League from Aguadulce, Panama, will participate in the Little League Baseball® World Series for the third time in the league’s history after winning the 2016 Latin America Region Tournament. Aguadulce defeated Rivas Little League from Rivas, Nicaragua, in the Championship Game on Saturday, July 30. Eight teams participated in the eight-day event held in Guatemala City, Guatemala.


This will be the ninth time a team from Panama has competed at the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport. Aguadulce Cabezera competed as Latin America Region Champions in both 2012 and 2013, which was the last time a team from Panama competed in Williamsport. Panama, along with Canada, has the distinction of being the first country outside of the United States to charter a Little League program. In 1950, two leagues were formed in the country, one on each side of the Panama Canal. A team from Panama has never won the Little League Baseball World Series.

Region runner-up, Rivas Little League was trying to represent Nicaragua and the Latin America Region in Williamsport for the first time since 1970. Chinandega Little League is the only league from Nicaragua to compete in the Little League Baseball World Series, appearing in both 1968 and 1970.


Aguadulce Cabezera will open the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series when they face the Mexico Region Champion, represented in 2016 by San Nicolas Little League from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on Thursday, August 18, at 1 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. Spanning the course of 10 days, 32 games will be played in the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, culminating in the Championship Game, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. For more information on the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series, visit LLBWS.org.