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Little League World Series in Latin America

Latin America has competed in the Little League World Series since 1957. Until 2001, the region included Mexico and the Caribbean. In 2001, when the Little League World Series expanded to sixteen teams for the first time, Mexico and the Caribbean were given their own regions. The region is open to all Latin American teams, but is typically contested by Central American teams, Venezuela, and Colombia. Other than Venezuela and Colombia, only Ecuador in 2004[1] and 2011, and Brazil in 2006[2] and 2011 have sent representatives to the tournament from South America. Since the 2001 split, the region has been represented by either Venezuela (nine appearances) or Panama (five appearances) at the Little League World Series.

Teams from the Latin American region have won the LLWS title five times. The Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Mexico won back to back titles in 1957 and 1958, Guadalupe, Nuevo León won in 1997, and Maracaibo, Venezuela won in 1994 and 2000.

Region champions

Year Host Champion City Result
1958 Industrial Monterrey Champions
1959 San Juan San Juan Quarterfinals
1960 Industrial Monterrey 4th Place
1961 Industrial Monterrey 3rd Place
1962 Del Norte Monterrey 4th Place
1963 Obispado Monterrey 5th Place
1964 Obispado Monterrey Runner Up
1965 Zulia Maracaibo 7th Place
1966 Cuauhtémoc Monterrey 6th Place
1967 Linares Linares 4th Place
1968 Chinandega Chinandega 7th Place
1969 Jorge Rosas Mayagüez 6th Place
1970 Chinandega Chinandega 3rd Place
1971 Caguas Gillette Caguas 5th Place
1972 Admiral Gallery San Juan 4th Place
1973 Mitras Monterrey 6th Place
1974 Coquivacoa Maracaibo 4th Place
1975 International teams were banned by Little League
1976 Puerto Nuevo San Juan 3rd Place
1977 Coquivacoa Maracaibo 4th Place
1978 La Javilla Santo Domingo 4th Place
1979 Luis Llorens Torres Santurce 5th Place
1980 Pabao Willemstad 5th Place
1981 Unidad Modelo Monterrey 7th Place
1982 Coquivacoa Maracaibo 5th Place
1983 Liquito Hernández Barahona Runners-up
1984 Willys R. Cook Bethania 5th Place
1985 Coquivacoa Maracaibo 5th Place
1986 Coquivacoa Maracaibo 4th Place
1987 Rolando Paulino Moca 3rd Place
1988 Curundú Curundú 7th Place
1989 Coquivacoa Maracaibo 3rd Place
1990 Matamoros Matamoros 5th Place
1991 Luis Montas San Cristobal 3rd Place
1992 Epy Guerrero Santo Domingo T-3rd Place
1993 David Doleguita David Runner Up
1994 Coquivacoa Maracaibo Champions
1995 Eduardo Sosa Santo Domingo T-3rd Place
1996 Matías Ramón Mella San Isidro Air Base T-3rd Place
1997 Linda Vista Guadalupe Champions
1998 Bayamón Linda Vista Guadalupe Group Stage
1999 Monterrey Juan A. Bibiloni Yabucoa T-3rd Place
2000 Sierra Maestra Maracaibo Champions
2001 Panama City Santiago de Veraguas Santiago de Veraguas Group Stage
2002 Managua Los Leones Valencia Quarterfinals
2003 Mayagüez Altagracia Los Puertos Quarterfinals
2004 Panama City Curundú Panama City Quarterfinals
2005 Maracaibo Los Leones Valencia Group Stage
2006 Guatemala City Cardenales Barquisimeto Quarterfinals
2007 Panama City La Victoria Maracaibo Quarterfinals
2008 Maracaibo Coquivacoa Maracaibo Quarterfinals
2009 Barranquilla Coquivacoa Maracaibo Group Stage
2010 Guatemala City Chitré Chitré Group Stage
2011 San José Gran Maracay Maracay Int'l Semifinal
2012 Aguadulce Aguadulce Aguadulce 4th Place
2013 Guayaquil Aguadulce Aguadulce Int'l Semifinal
2014 Managua Coquivacoa Maracaibo Round 3

Summary

As of the 2014 Little League World Series
Country Championships Best Result in LLWS
Venezuela 18 Champions (1994, 2000)
Mexico 15 Champions (1957, 1958, 1997) 
Panama 8 Runner up
Puerto Rico 7 3rd Place
Dominican Republic 7 Runner up
Nicaragua 2 3rd Place
Curaçao 1 5th Place

Italics indicates team no longer competes in Latin America Region. Mexico now has its own region, while Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Curaçao compete in the Caribbean region.

References

  1. ^ "Latin America Regional Tournament". LLWS. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Latin America Regional Tournament". LLWS. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 

External links

  • Little League Online

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