Puerto Rico wins Caribbean regional

SABANA GRANDE, PUERTO RICO — For the first time in its league’s history, Radames Lopez Little League from Guayama, Puerto Rico, will be making the trip to South Williamsport after winning the Little League Caribbean Region Tournament.

Puerto Rico is the fourth team to win a regional, joining Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia), Seoul, South Korea (Asia-Pacific) and Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Mexico).

For the league out of Guayama, this exciting opportunity to represent its nation just months after Hurricane Maria and Irma devastated communities all throughout the island of Puerto Rico.

Throughout the course of the tournament, Radames Lopez Little League combined for 51 total runs while posting three shutout victories en route to an unblemished 8-0 record.

In the championship game, Radames Lopez Little League defeated Pabao Little League out of Willemstad, Curacao, who had previously made it to the Series on eight occasions, including seven-straight appearances from 2003-2009.

The next international regionals to clinch a spot will be the Japan and Europe and Africa regions. The Japan representative will be clinched in Tokyo on Sunday and the Europe and Africa representative will be determined in Kutno, Poland, next Staurday.

While this will be the first time that Radames Lopez Little League will make the trip to the Little League World Series, a team from Puerto Rico has represented its island on 10 other occasions. The last team to make it to South Williamsport was Miguel Luzunaris Little League out of Humacao, Puerto Rico, in 2014.

Last year, Radames Lopez Little League took home the 2017 Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series Championship with an exciting 6-5 victory over Freehold Township (N.J.) Little League of the East Region.

Radames Lopez Little League will open the Little League World Series with a first-round matchup against the South Seoul Little League from South Korea, the Asia-Pacific Region champions, on Thursday, August 16 at 1 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium on ESPN.