This year it will be the fourth time in history that the Pariba Little League team from Willemstad will represent Curacao at the Little League World Series in Williamsport PA.
Pariba reached the main tournament as they won the regionals by beating Alvin McBean East Little League from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands in the championship game 5-0.
Through the tournament the Pariba team scored 61 runs and allowed only one run.
Pariba was also the last team from Curacao to appear in the Little League World Series in 2012.
The team will try to bring home the second LLWS championship. The first was brought to the island when the Pabao Little League team beat the Little League team from Thousand Oaks CA 5-2 in 2004. The next year the team would reach the championship game again but then it would fall to Hawaii 7-6. Two players from that Pabao team would make it to the Major Leagues: Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar.
The Pariba team went 6-0 in the Caribbean regionals in which they beat St. Thomas 11-0,
Bonaire 17-0, St. Thomas 11-0, Bonaire 16-1, Aruba 1-0 and as mentioned St. Thomas in the finals 5-0.
Pariba will face East Seoul of South Korea in their first game in Williamsport. Win or lose, they will face the winner/ loser of the game between Japan and Canada. You may say that they will face some pretty tough opponents to start with.
As usual the tournament uses a double elimination format. If a team loses two games they are out of the tournament.