Two more teams are headed to the Little League World Series as the Mexico and Europe regions have been decided.
Oriente LL from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, earned its second trip late Thursday night with a 10-7 victory over Santa Catarina LL from Santa Caterina, Nuevo Leon in a six-day, 12-team tournament in Monterrey-Linares.
Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) American LL from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, scored 90 runs and yielded only 17 on its way to the Europe title and the league's fifth berth, ending iwht a 7-0 win over Nord-Holland LL from Alkmaar, Netherlands.
The 2012 LLWS?runs Aug. 16-26 at Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.
Oriente LL, the No. 2 seed in Mexico's Pool B, beat Amistad y Deporte LL from Hermosillo, Sonora, 9-2 in the semifinals. It went 4-1 in pool play and also played in the 2010 LLWS where it went 2-2. It will open the 2012 LLWS?vs. the Canadian champion to be determined.
KMC?previously qualified in 1992-93 and 2009-10. German teams that have advanced to the World Series, in most cases, have been comprised of children who are dependants of U.S. military personnel.
KMC?will open the LLWS?vs. the Asia-Pacific team of Kuei-Shen LL?from Taoyuan County, Taiwan.
Other LLWS?qualifiers are Latin?America:?Aguadulce Cabezera LL from Aguadulce, Panama; Japan:?Kitasuna LL from Tokyo; Caribbean:?Pariba LL from Willemstad, Curacao:?Middle East and Africa:?Lugazi LL from Lugazi, Uganada.
The LLWS?will again be a modified double-elimination with an 8-team United States bracket and an 8-team International bracket.
U.S. regional finals will run Aug. 9-12 on ESPN?channels. The Canadian region will also be settled in that time.