Sunday, July 24, 2016

Willemstad, Curacao, Wins the Little League Baseball® Caribbean Region Championship

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Pariba Little League from Willemstad, Curacao, will participate in the Little League Baseball® World Series for the fourth time after winning the 2016 Caribbean Region Tournament. Pariba defeated Alvin McBean East Little League from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in the Championship Game on Saturday, July 23. Seven teams participated in the eight-day event held in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

This will be the 13th team from Curacao to compete at the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport. Pariba Little League appeared in back-to-back tournaments in 2001 and 2002, as the first-ever Caribbean Region Champions, which was established when the Little League Baseball World Series expanded to its current 16-team format in 2001. Pariba also competed in the 2012 tournament, the most recent appearance of a team from Curacao. The team from Pariba will try to win the island’s second World Series Championship. Pabao Little League, also from Willemstad, won the 2004 Championship and was also International Champion in 2005. Future Major League Baseball players, Jonathan Schoop (Baltimore Orioles) and Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers), were both on the Pabao Little League team that won the World Championship team in 2004, while Mr. Profar was also on the 2005 team.

Region runner-up, Alvin McBean East Little League was trying to make St. Thomas’s first trip to the Little League Baseball World Series. A team from the U.S. Virgin Islands has never made it to Williamsport.

Pariba Little League will face the Asia-Pacific Region Champion, represented in 2016 by East Seoul Little League from Seoul, South Korea, on Friday, August 19 at 6 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